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Celebrating The 100th Birthday Of Composer Leonard Bernstein

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The Bronx Arts Ensemble (BAE) will celebrate the 100th birthday of composer Leonard Bernstein with a concert on Saturday, November 19th starting at 2 pm at Horace Mann Recital Hall, 231 West 246th Street in Bronx.

BAE's Trio, pianist Adrienne Kim, violinist Amy Wright, and cellist Eliana Mendoza, will perform the beloved New York composer’s Piano Trio, and trios by Beethoven (Op.1, No.1) and Brahms (Op.87, No.2). According to Judith Insell, Music Program Manager for BAE, ”I created this concert around the genre of the piano trio, a popular and enduring form used by composers over the centuries to write riveting chamber music.”

The program will also include the debut of the winner of BAE’s 2017 Young Bronx Artist Contest, violinist Markus Amponsah, performing the second movement, the Loure, from J.S. Bach’s Solo Violin Partita in E major, BWV 1006.

Tickets to the concert are $15 and can be purchased in advance here.

The Bronx Arts Ensemble brings the power of the arts to neighborhoods across the Bronx through its live music and arts education programs. It presents over 50 live concerts annually to more than 35,000 people, featuring diverse cultures, including classical, Latin, Afro-Cuban, and other world music. BAE’s arts education programs have served over 100,000 Bronx students since 1993 through multi-disciplinary artist residencies during school hours, after-school, and through summer activities that culminate in original auditorium programs and in-school gallery exhibits.

About the performers:

Pianist Adrienne Kim has performed as soloist with the Central Philharmonic of Beijing, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Portland Chamber Orchestra and Richmond Symphony. She was a member of Chamber Music Society Two, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s residency program for emerging young artists, and she is also a founding member of New York Chamber Music Co-op, a new creative performance collaborative based in New York. Ms. Kim has recorded the solo and chamber music of Daniel S. Godfrey with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on the Koch label, and on the Centaur label the violin and piano sonatas of Granados, Turina, and Rodrigo with BAE solo artist Jorge Ávila. Adrienne Kim is on the faculty of Mannes College and The New School, where she serves as Coordinator of the Piano Department in the Prep division and Coordinator of Secondary Piano in the College division. She is a coach for the New York Youth Symphony’s chamber music program. Her teachers were Menahem Pressler at Indiana University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree, and Leon Fleisher at the Manhattan School of Music, receiving there a Master’s degree.

Violinist Amy Wright has been a professional musician in New York for nearly 30 years. In addition to playing with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Ms.Wright plays with the Stamford Symphony, Voices of Ascension, the National Chorale, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. She has made appearances on television and radio including the David Letterman Show and WNYC's "Around the Town" with Steve Sullivan. Ms. Wright is the chair of the music department at Riverdale Country School where she is also a string teacher.

Cellist Eliana Mendoza has performed extensively as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Winner of the Artists International Competition, she debuted at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. In Boston, she performed a solo recital broadcast live on WGBH, National Public Radio. Praised by critics, her reviews have read "Fire and flash…rich pathos and refreshing singularity," (The Washington Post) and “She is a total artist… with fluid touch, an impassioned mood and a notable bearing.” (The Enterprise, Brockton, MA). She is a tenured member of the American Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, and American Composers Orchestra, and has toured as soloist in approximately 50 concerts, performing the Paganini-Lloyd Webber Variations in venues such as Universal Studios Amphitheater, Blossom Music Center and Radio City Music Hall. Ms. Mendoza has recorded movie soundtracks, television commercials and chamber music for New World Records, Soundspell Productions, and Centaur Records.

Violinist Markus Amponsah, the winner of the 2017 Bronx Arts Ensemble Young Bronx Artist Contest, is a junior at Celia Cruz High School of Music in Bronx. A student of Naho Parrini, he won awards at the Celia Cruz Concerto Competition and All-City High School Orchestra Concerto Competition. He also attends the Bloomingdale School of Music in Manhattan and is a resident of Co-op City in Bronx.

For more information, please contact​:

Marilyn Kushick

Cell.:   203-305-5424
Office: 718-601-7399

E-mail: marilynk@bronxartsensemble.org
URL:     bronxartsensemble.org

Maggie Krupka

Cell.:  917-250-6298
Office: 718-601-7399

E-mail: maggiek@bronxartsensemble.org
URL:     bronxartsensemble.org

 

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