Suzanne Mueller, cellist

 

Upcoming Dates

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

CROSS ISLAND & Friends - 2:00 pm
1 Merry Lane
Jericho, NY 11753
U.S.
516-935-6790
Price: FREE

CROSS ISLAND  - my duo with pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas - will be joined by friends and colleagues Yeou-Cheng, Ma, violin/viola, and Sandy Tepper, clarinet, in a program of duets, trios, and quartets spanning centuries and styles. Composers will include isaac Albeniz, Ludwig von Beethoven, karel Husa, Clara Schumann, Rick Sowash, and more, including several waltzes written for us under the auspices of Composer's Voice. Watch this space for details!

This concert is presented as part of the Town of Oyster Bay's Distinguished Artists Series.

Past Dates

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Cambiata Flute & Cello Duo, with guitarist Mark McCarron - 2:00 pm
3o Onderdonk Avenue
manhasset, NY 11030
516-627-2300
Price: FREE

On Sunday, September 21, at 2:00 pm, Cambiata Flute & Cello Duo - flutist Pamela Sklar and cellist Suzanne Mueller, will be joined by guest guitarist Mark McCarron in a concert at Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Avenue (@ Northern Boulevard) on Long Island.

Pamela and Suzanne start the afternoon with the Allegretto of Franz Danzi's Duo in G Major, Op., 64, No. 3 .

Next up: three short flute/cello pieces by George Frideric Handel:  Impertinence, Aria, and Gavotte.


Mark then joins the duo for his arrangement of Jethro Tull's classic tune, Thick as a Brick.

 
Suzanne then takes a solo turn, performing Kit Mill's Reflections, a work written for, and premiered by, her in 2013.


Next, Suzanne and Mark perform Heitor Villa-Lobos's beloved Aria from his Bacchianas Brasileiras 5.

Then, Pamela performs her ethereal solo, Native Dream, after which the trio closes the first half with Mark's arrangement of Nick Drake's River Man.

 
The music resumes after intermission with Greg Bartholomew's Beneath the Apple Tree, for flute and cello.


Next, Suzanne and Pamela perform Pamela's duet, Flow, which they premiered this summer, followed by the trio's rendition of Pat Metheny's Better Days Ahead.


Then, the trio performs Douglas Da Silva's trio, Pico de Itabarito, another work premiered this summer.

 

Next up are two tunes from very different fiddling traditions: Irish composer Thomas Walsh's lilting and lovely Innis Oirr (trio) and American fiddling master Mark O'Connor's Traveller's Ridge (cello and guitar).


Finally the trio regroups to end the program with Mark's beloved Sea Shanty.

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

2014 String Poet Award Event - Premiere of Judith Shatin's "Autumn Way" - 5:00 - 7:00 pm
8 Elm Street
Huntington, NY 11743
855-343-3535
Price: $10 advance/$15 at the door

Join us on September 20 for a wonderful evening of poetry and music, featuring a poetry reading by  David Yezzi, followed by readings of the poems that placed or received honorable mentions.

The event culminates in a reading of Richard Meyer’s First-Prize winning poem, “The Autumn Way,” followed by the premiere of composer Judith Shatin’s cello solo, inspired by the winning poem and sharing its title. I am honored to have been invited to perform this premiere.

 

Friday, September 5th, 2014

CROSS ISLAND: Wind, Strings, & Keys - 7:00 pm
250 Rte. 25A
Shoreham, NY 11786
631.929.4488
Price: FREE

 

CROSS ISLAND is joined by our great friends and colleagues, violinist/violist Yeou-Cheng Ma and clarinetist Sandy Tepper, in a program of duets, trios, and quartets spanning centuries and styles.

 

Details to follow, but mark your calendar!

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

2014 West Proch Beech Tree Concert Series Closing Concert - 3:00 pm
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S
516-333-0048
Price: FREE, with admission to the Gardens

 

Clarinetist Sandy Tepper joins CROSS ISLAND under the magnificent Copper Beech in our tradition of closing out the West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series at Old Westbury Gardens .

Watch here for details, but mark your calendar!

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

2014 West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series, Concert 4 - Hungrytown - 3:00 - 4:00 pm
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S
516-333-0048
Price: FREE, with Admission to the Gardens

 

I'm pleased to welcome folk duo HUNGRYTOWN for their annual performance at the Gardens. As always, I'll contribute bass lines, descants, and even a solo or two.

In the event of rain (or significant threat thereof), we'll relocate the concert to the beautiful Rose Ballroom.

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

2014 West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series, Concert 3 - Cambiata Flute & Cello Duo, with Guitarist Mark McCarron - 3:00 - 4:00 pm
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S
516-333-0048
Price: FREE, with admission to the Gardens

 

The 2014 West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series continues with Cambiata Flute and Cello Duet, with guest guitarist, Mark McCarron.

Flutist Pamela Sklar and Mark McCarron are both treasured members of the West Porch Beech Tree Concerts family. Pam performed on the past three seasons of the series, and Mark has been a part of it since the beginning.  The program will feature duets, trios, and solos  spanning classical, jazz, and traditional (Irish & American) :

The summer of wonderful music continues under the majestic beech tree at Old Westbury Gardens with the return of the Cambiata Flute & Cello Duo - Pamela Sklar Flute and cellist (and West Porch Beech Tree Concerts Artist-in-Residence), together with guitarist Mark McCarron.

The program of solos, duets, and trios has something for everyone, and even includes 2 World Premieres):

Franz Danzi - Duo in G Major, Op. 64, No. 3I (flute/cello)

Gary Schocker - What If You and I...? (flute/cello)
In the Park (flute/cello)

Pamela Sklar - Native Dream (solo flute)
Nick Drake (arr. Mark McCarron) - River Man (trio)

Pamela Sklar - Flow (flute/cello - WORLD PREMIERE)
Pat Metheny - Better Days Ahead (trio)

Douglas Da Silva - Dez Anos na Vida de um Jangadeiro, movements 1 & 2 (cello solo)
Douglas Da Silva - Pico de Itabarito (trio - WORLD PREMIERE)

Alain Mitéran - Liviana, Movement 3: Tango, from Liviana (cello/guitar)

Kit Mills: Reflections (solo cello)
Kit Mills: Retrotoots Plus (flute/cello)

Thomas Walsh - Innis Oirr (Trio)
Mark O'Connor - Traveler's Ridge (cello/guitar)
Mark McCarron - Sea Shanty (trio)

There will be a drawing for a copy of Suzanne's solo CD, Solitaire, at the end of the concert, free to all in attendance.

The concert is free. Admission to the Gardens (including tours) is $10 for adults; $8 for mature adults (over 62); $5 for children 7-17; and free for children under 7.

In the event of rain (or serious threat thereof, the concert will over into the beautiful Red Ballroom.

Directions to Old Westbury Gardens:

 from New York City

From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39 (Glen Cove Road). Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.


From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Bear left at end of exit ramp and turn left onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.

 

from Eastern Long Island

 

From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39. Turn left onto Glen Cove Road (Garden City) at end of exit ramp, cross over expressway, and immediately turn left onto the service road. Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.


From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Turn right at the end of the exit ramp (Old Westbury) onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

2014 West Porch beech Tree Concert 2 - String & Reed - 3:00 PM
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S
516-333-0048
Price: Free, with admission to the Gardnes

The 2014 season of the West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series at Old Westbury Gardens continues with the concert debut of String & Reed - the duo of cellist Suzanne Mueller (Beech Tree Concerts Artist-in-Residence) and clarinetist Sandy Tepper - a program of solos and duets spanning centuries and styles.

 

We begin with a sprightly Gigue by Leopold Mozart.

This is followed by a stately Praeludium by J.S. Bach

Next, two short works by Ruth Schonthal - Movement 1 of her Duo and her enticing Tango for 2.

While Suzanne takes a break and enjoys listening, Sandy shares Olivier Messaien's stunning Abyss of Birds, Movement 3 of the haunting Quartet for the End of Time.

Then, the duo re-forms, for Masatora Goya's Ripples in the Pond, premiered on this series in 2012. This is followed by Red, a work for solo cello by Masatora, premiered under the beech tree last summer.

 

Next up, Saint Vitus Was Here, a short duet with an edgy sense of humor, by Roger Blanc (featured on CROSS ISLAND's CD, Quiet Strength).


Then, a perennial Gardens favorite, James Grant's duet, To Become World, a musical depiction of the give an take of marriage, followed by another cello solo, Rick Sowash's Sunday Morning Variations.

Next is Matt Doran's Duo for Clarinet and Cello - Allegro moderato, Theme and Nine Variations, and Allegro vivo.

Ending the program are three excerpts from Benny's Gig, a musical tribute to Benny Goodman by Long Island's own Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Morton Gould: II: Brisk with Drive; VI: Calypso Serenade; and VIII: Jaunty.

Before the audience leaves, there will be a drawing for Suzanne's 2013 solo CD, Solitaire.

We hope that you'll join us for this special afternoon of music! - in the event of rain (or serious threat thereof), the concert will be moved indoors to the lovely Red Ballroom.


Old Westbury Gardens is one of our favorite destinations on Long Island. With its historic mansion and incredibly gorgeous grounds (featured in movies from  Love Story and North by Northwest to Hitch and American Gangster, and in television shows including Sex and the City and Royal Pains), it’s a great place to spend the day.

So, bring a picnic and a blanket or chair (or not - there are benches and chairs available) and enjoy an hour of great music in an enchanting setting.

The concert is free. Admission to the Gardens (including tours) is $10 for adults; $8 for mature adults (over 62); $5 for children 7-17; and free for children under 7.

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

2014 West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series Opening Concert - 3:00 pm
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S
516-333-0048
Price: Free, with admission to the Gardens

 

Violinist Yeou-Cheng Ma joins CROSS ISLAND in our tradition of opening the West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series at Old Westbury Gardens.

 

We begin with a bright and lively Allegro, movement 1 of  Beethoven's Piano Trio in Eb Major, Op.1; no. 1).

Next up is the lovely Andante, movement 3, of Clara Schumann's Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17.

 
We then turn to Fritz Kreisler for a crisp and charming Miniature Viennese March.


Then, a Serenade Espagnole, written by Cecile Chaminae and arranged by Fritz Kreisler, for violin and piano, followed by Enrique Granados's Intermezzo from the opera Goyescas, arranged by Gaspar Cassado for cello and piano.


Then, the trio re-forms for a Milonga by Pedro Saenz and a Tango by Isaac Albeniz, both arranged by Werner Thomas-Mifune

 
Next up is the exciting perpetual motion Etude by Reinhold Gliere, for violin and cello.

 
The pace then becomes more languid, when the trio plays the Andante moderato, movement 2, of Paul Schoenfield's Cafe Music.

 

Next, a brief free improvisation by the trio - the moment when anything can happen!

Then, Rick Sowash's Gershwin-inspired Lullabye for Kara, for cello and piano,from CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD, Quiet Strength.

The concert then draws to a close with two beloved favorites by George Gershwin: The Man I Love  and I Got Rhythm.


Before the audience leaves, there will be a drawing for a copy of CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD,  Quiet Strength, and for Suzanne's 2013 solo CD, Solitaire.

We hope that you'll join us for this special afternoon of music! - in the event of rain (or serious threat thereof), the concert will be moved indoors to the lovely Red Ballroom, with its excellent Steinway.


Old Westbury Gardens is one of my favorite destinations on Long Island. With its historic mansion and incredibly gorgeous grounds (featured in movies from  Love Story and North by Northwest to Hitch and American Gangster, and in television shows including Sex and the City and, frequently, Royal Pains), it’s a great place to spend the day.

So, bring a picnic and a blanket or chair (or not - there are benches and chairs available) and enjoy an hour of great music in an enchanting setting And, while you're there, take a tour of the house and/or gardens – the docents are both knowledgeable and welcoming. In the event of rain (or significant threat thereof), we'll be in the lovely Red Ballroom - in the house, so please don't let bad weather keep you away (you can still take a tour of the house, too!

The concert is free. Admission to the Gardens (including tours) is $10 for adults; $8 for mature adults (over 62); $5 for children 7-17; and free for children under 7.
 

 

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

CROSS ISLAND & Friends - 5:00 PM
319 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10025
U.S
212-864-7752
Price: FREE

CROSS ISLAND - my duo with pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas,  is  joined in concert by both violinist/violist Yeou-Cheng Ma and clarinetist Sandy Tepper, in our first appearance at the Nicholas Roerich Museum in Manhattan. There will be solos, duets, trios, and even a couple of quartets (the latter by Rick Sowash)! 

The program is :

Joseph Haydn - Rondo All' Ongarese (violin/cello/piano)

Max Bruch - Nachtgesang (clarinet/cello/piano)

Mikhail Glinka - Andante from Sonata for Viola and Piano

James Grant - To Become World (clarinet/cello)

George Gershwin - Prelude No. 2 (piano)

Edwin Finckel - Willow Variations (cello/piano)

Rick Sowash - Icons I - Gershwin

~~~INTERMISSION~~~

Paquito D'Rivera - Afro (clarinet/cello/piano)

Keri Degg - Fuerza Tranquila

Claude Debussy - Andante from Piano Trio in G Major (violin/cello/piano)

FREE IMPROV

Rick Sowash - Icons II - Sousa

 

We hope that you'll join us for this afternoon of great music! At the end of the program, we'll have a drawing, free to all present, for CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD, Quiet Strength and for my 2013 solo CD, Solitaire.

 

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

CROSS ISLAND with Yeou-Cheng Ma - 2:00 PM
Great River, NY 11739
631-581-1002
Price: FREE

 

On Sunday, March 23, at 2:00 pm CROSS ISLAND - Suzanne Mueller, cello,and Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano - returns to Long Island's beautiful Bayard Cutting Arboretum, together with violinist/violist Yeou-Cheng Ma,  for its annual rite of Spring: a concert on the Islip Arts Council's Winter Concert Series. The program will feature a broad range of solos, duets, and trios spanning styles and centuries - all music we love and can't wait to share with our audience!

We begin with the bright and lively Allegro from Mozart's trio Sonata in A Major, KV 12.

Next is the achingly melancholy Largo, movement 3, from Chopin's Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano.

Then, Yeou-Cheng pulls out her viola to join Ellie in the 2nd movement, Andante, of Glinka's Sonata in A Major.

Two contrasting duets by Reinhold Gliere follow: A moody, turbulent Pelude (violin/cello), and a mellifluous Albumleaf 7 (cello/piano).

 The trio re-forms to close out the first half with the Andante espressivo and Finale: Appassionato of Claude Debussy's Piano Trio in G Minor.

 

After intermission come two beloved favorites by George Gershwin: I Got Rhythm (cello/piano), and Someone to Watch Over Me (trio).

 

Next up is a dark Milonga by Alberto Ginastera, followed by a sumptuous tango by Isaac Albeniz.

Next, a brace of solos in the Latin American vein: Douglas DaSilva's Dez Anos na Vida de um Jangadeiro, for cello, and Alberto Ginstera's Danza De La Moza Donoza, for piano.


After a signature CROSS ISLAND free improvisation, there will be a drawing for a copy of CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD,  Quiet Strength, and for Suzanne's 2013 solo CD, Solitaire.


The concert then draws to a close with the Finale - Rondo all' Ongarese - from Haydn's Piano Trio No. 1 in G Major, Hob. XV., 25.

 

Tickets are free an will be sistributed at 12:45. But they go fast, so plan to arrive early! For directions, go to http://www.bayardcuttingarboretum.com/visit/directions/. if you are using a GPS, do not use the street address. Instead use one of the following intersections:

Great River Rd & NY-27A (Montauk Hwy)

or

NY-27A & Union Blvd, East Islip NY 11730

 

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

CROSS ISLAND, with Yeou-Cheng Ma - 3:00 PM
91 Coopers Farm Road
Southampton, NY 11968
U.S
631-283-0774
Price: FREE

 

Can't think of a better way to spend my birthday than sharing beautiful music with an appreciative audience and talented, wonderful colleagues like pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas and violinist Yeou-Cheng Ma!

So, Sunday, January 12, at 3:00 pm, come join us for a one-hour concert at Southampton's Rogers Memorial Library. The program will feature a broad range of duets and trios comprising a blend of beloved favorites - all music we love and can't wait to share with our audience!

We begin with the bright and lively Allegro from Mozart's trio Sonata in A Major, KV 12.

Next up is Beethoven's 12 Variations on See, the Conqu'ring Hero Comes (from Handel's Judas Maccabeus), WOO 45), for cello and piano.

Then, Yeou-Cheng pulls out her viola to join Ellie in the 2nd movement, Andante, of Glinka's Sonata in A Major.

Next, the trio re-forms for Movement 3  - Andante  - of Claude Debussy's Piano Trio in G Major.

Yeou-Cheng and Suzanne then play Gliere's moody Prelude.

George Gershwin's I Got Rhythm is next, performed by Suzanne and Ellie.

Next up is a sumptuous tango by Isaac Albeniz in a trio arrangement.

The concert then draws to a close with the Finale - Rondo all' Ongarese - from Haydn's Piano Trio No. 1 in G Major, Hob. XV., 25.


Before the audience leaves, there will be a drawing for a copy of CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD,  Quiet Strength, and for Suzanne's new solo CD, Solitaire.

We hope that you'll join us for this special hour of music! There is no charge for this concert, underwritten by the Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library. Register at www.myrml.org or call 283-0774 ext. 523 to register.

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

CROSS ISLAND with violinst Yeou-Cheng Ma - 3:00 PM
14 Arrandale Avenue
Great Neck, NY 11024
U.S
516-482-0355
Price: FREE

Watch this site for details.

Friday, November 8th, 2013

CROSS ISLAND with Sandy Tepper - 7:00 PM
22 Staion Road
Bellport, NY 11713
U.S
631-286-0818
Price: FREE

 

Watch this site for details.

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Sandy Tepper, Clarinet, with Guests - 2:00 PM
881 7th Ave
New York City, NY 10019
(212) 554-5380

I'm thrilled to have been invited to be a part of the New York City Recital Debut of clarinetist Sandy Tepper, at Weill Recital Hall.

I'll be joining him and pianist Claudine Hickman in the Brahms A Minor Piano Trio, and Sandy and violist Gregory Williams  in Karel Husa's "Evocations de Slovaquie," for clarinet, viola, and cello.

The rest of the program will be Weber's  Grand Duo Concertante,the Reger's Romanze, and Brahms's Sonata No. 2 in Eb Major

Tickets go on sale at Carnegie Hall Box Office and through CarnegieCharge on August 27. Prices start at $30 but there are student and senior discounts.

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Composer's Voice 3rd Annual Children's Month Concert - 1:00 - 2:00 PM
351 East 74th Street
New York, NY 10021
U.S
Price: FREE ($10 Suggested Donation)

 

This concert has music with children's themes, inspired by children, and some even composed by children. However, this is NOT children's music!

This concert features Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Cross Island Trio-Waltzes=15 one-minute pieces by 15 composers performed in 15 minutes by Sandy Tepper, clarinet; Suzanne Mueller, cello; and Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano.
 

Music, performance, choreography, and dance by: Jessica Black, Kaya Katarzyna Bryla, Gabriel Chajnik, Hui-Chuan Chen, Douglas DaSilva, Jason Ulysses DaSilva, Nuha Dolby, Alexandra Frederick, Barry Goldstein, Moaz, Mneimneh, Jimmy Pigott, J. P. Redmond, Vrinda Trivedi, Robert Voisey, Melissa Wimbish and more!

This one-hour concert is FREE! ($10 suggested donation)


We strongly encourage donations of food, clothing, & toiletries for the Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Program.

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Closing Concert: 10th Anniversary Sunday Afternoon Concert Series - 3:00 PM
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S
516-333-0048
Price: FREE, with Admission to the Gardens

The 10th anniversary concert series ends as it began - almost.

CROSS ISLAND is joined by violinist Yeou-Cheng Ma in a program of solos, duets, and trios spanning centuries, styles,and genres.

There will be a free drawing for a copy of CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD, Quiet Strength, and for my new solo CD, Semicentennial Solitaire.

Watch this space for details.

 

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Concert 4: CD Release Concert - SOLITAIRE - 10th Anniversary Afternoon Concert Series - 3:00 PM
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S
516-333-0048
Price: FREE, with Admission to the Gardens (includes free CD)

The first-ever solo cello concert on the West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series at Old Westbury Gardens‚ presented in affiliation with Composer's Voice.

The 1-hour concert will present the music on cellist Suzanne Mueller's new CD Solitaire. Interwoven into that music will be works written especially for the occasion in response to a call for submissions by Vox Novus's Composer's Voice on the theme of Decade‚ in honor of Suzanne's 10 years as West Porch BeechTree Artist-in-Residence at Old Westbury Gardens .

The program (* indicates music from the CD):

Jimmy Pigott - Cl'Oud*
Alexander Scheetz - Decayed
J.S. Bach - Sarabande from Suite No. 5 in C Minor*
                 Gigue from Suite No. 5 in C Minor*
Barbara Bach Sternberg - Bitter Tears*
Masatora Goya -Red
Greg Bartholomew - Rollick & Romp*
Kit Mills - Reflections
Nicholas Chen McConnell - Step by Step*
Carol Worthey - Solitaire: Theme and Variations*
J. P. Redmond - Matthias's Walk*
Guy Shaked - The Sparrow
Lawrence Kramer - Prelude (from Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello)*
Michael Weiner - De-Cadenced
Bettie Ross - Milestone*
David Wolfson - Time and Tide (Benediction)* - This is a cello quartet which will be performed in a special solo version with remixed tracks from the album‚ courtesy of the composer and recording engineer Mark McCarron.
Douglas DaSilva - Dez Anos na Vida de um Jangdeiro

Everyone present at the end of the concert will receive a free copy of Solitaire!

Old Westbury Gardens is one of the most beautiful destinations on Long Island. With its historic mansion and incredibly gorgeous grounds (featured in movies from  Love Story and North by Northwest to Hitch and American Gangster, and in television shows including Sex and the City and, most recently, Royal Pains), it’s a great place to spend the day, and there's ALWAYS a breeze.

So, bring a picnic and a blanket or chair (or not - there are benches and chairs available - a hat is advised, as shade is limited) and enjoy an hour of great music in an enchanting setting. And, while you're there, take a tour of the house and/or gardens – the docents are both knowledgeable and welcoming. In the event of rain (or significant threat thereof), we'll be in the lovely Red Ballroom, so please don't let bad weather keep you away (you can still take a tour of the house, too)!

The concert is free. Admission to the Gardens (including tours) is $10 for adults; $8 for mature adults (over 62); $5 for children 7-17; and free for children under 7.

For directions‚ go to htp://www.oldwestburygardens.org.

Note: The image on the CD package and disc is by Raisy Derzie (who also provided the lovely image for CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD‚ Quiet Strength). Inside photo is by Tiffany Thomas (ditto). Design is by Suzanne.

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Concert 3 of the 10th Anniversary Wet Porch Beech Tree Concert Series - HUNGRYTOWN - 3:00 PM
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S
516-333-0048
Price: FREE, with Admission to the Gardens

I'm pleased to welcome folk duo HUNGRYTOWN for their annual performance at the Gardens. As always, I'll contribute bass lines, descants, and even solos - Rick Sowash's Sunday Morning Variations.

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Concert 2: 10th Anniversary Afternoon Concert Series - 3:00 PM
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S
516-333-0048
Price: FREE, with Admission to the Gardens

The celebration continues under the venerable West Porch Beech Tree at Old Westbury Gardens (LI, NY) at 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 14, with the return of flutist Pamela Sklar to join Sunday Afternoon Concerts Artist-in-Residence, cellist Suzanne Mueller and guest guitarist Mark McCarron (who was there when the series began in 2003).

The program begins with a Suzanne's flute/cello arrangement of Jeremy Cohen's rousing Tango Eight.

Next up is Greg Bartholomew's Beneath the Apple Tree - a lovely piece of Americana with a modern sensibility, premiered by Pam and Suzanne last summer.

Suzanne will then solo on Mark Summer's Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming , a joyous set of fiddling variations based on Michael Praetorius's 17th Century work .


Next, it's Pamela's turn to solo, on Claude Debussy's Syrinx..


Guitarist Mark McCarron will then solo on his original Westsiders.


The trio then joins together for Pamela's slow and soulful jazz tune, A Memory of You.


Then, two beloved bossa novas by Antonio Carlos Jobim: Felicidade (trio) and One-Note Samba (flute/guitar).


The three join together then, for another tune familiar to Old Westbury Gardens summer audiences: Irish composer Thomas Walsh's Inis Oirr.


Then, Mark and Suzanne perform Luigi Boccherini's Rondeau, from his string quintet.

Next, Mark gets a rest, while Pamela and Suzanne play Béla Bartók's foot-stomping folk dance, Ruthenian Kolomejka (a track from Suzanne's solo CD, Solitaire, the release concert for which will be right under the West Porch Beech Tree - where else? - on July
28
).

The trio then regroups to nd the program with new arrangements of two very different works by Mark: Not This Time and Sea Shanty.

~~~~~~~~

Old Westbury Gardens is one of the most beautiful destinations on Long Island. With its historic mansion and incredibly gorgeous grounds (featured in movies from  Love Story and North by Northwest to Hitch and American Gangster, and in television shows including Sex and the City and, most recently, Royal Pains), it’s a great place to spend the day, and there's ALWAYS a breeze.

So, bring a picnic and a blanket or chair (or not - there are benches and chairs available - a hat is advised, as shade is limited) and enjoy an hour of great music in an enchanting setting. And, while you're there, take a tour of the house and/or gardens – the docents are both knowledgeable and welcoming. In the event of rain (or significant threat thereof), we'll be in the lovely Red Ballroom, so please don't let bad weather keep you away (you can still take a tour of the house, too)!


The concert is free. Admission to the Gardens (including tours) is $10 for adults; $8 for mature adults (over 62); $5 for children 7-17; and free for children under 7.


We hope that you'll join us for this special afternoon of music!


Directions to
Old Westbury Gardens:

 from New York City

From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39 (Glen Cove Road). Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.

 

From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Bear left at end of exit ramp and turn left onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.


From Eastern Long Island 

From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39. Turn left onto Glen Cove Road (Garden City) at end of exit ramp, cross over expressway, and immediately turn left onto the service road. Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.

 

From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Turn right at the end of the exit ramp (Old Westbury) onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Opening Concert: 10th Anniversary Season of the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series - 3:00 PM
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S
516-333-0048
Price: FREE, with Admission to the Gardens

Of course, every season at Old Westbury Gardens is special, but this year's is extra special, as it marks my 10th year (!) as West Porch Beech Tree Concerts Artist-in-Residence.

The season once more begins with a concert by CROSS ISLAND, this time featuring guest clarinetist Sandy Tepper.

Trios, except where noted:

Rick Sowash - Morning (mvt. 1 of "Winds of May")

Richard Rodney Bennett - All in a Garden Green (cello/piano)

Franz Schubert (arr. John Gibson) - Shepherd on the Rock

Helga Beier - W(iener) W(alzer) W(elcome)

Dominic Dousa - Riding the Wave

Libby Moyer & John Spartan - I'm So Happy

Greg Bartholomew - Return to Giverny (clarinet/cello)

Steven Kreamer - Monet's Garden

Rick Sowash - Glory Hallelujah, Mvt. 4 (clarinet/cello)

Rick Sowash - Lullabye for Kara (cello/piano)

Masatora Goya - Floating above the Clouds

Béla Kovács - Hommage á Manuel de Falla(clarinet solo)

Bob Siebert - Riffin' (clarinet/cello)

Mark McCarron - The Touch

Paquito D'Rivera - Afro

There will be a free drawing for a copy of CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD, Quiet Strength.


The one-hour concert is free with admission to the Gardens ($10 general admission; $8, 62 & over; $5, ages 7-17; free 6 and under and Gardens members) and it's a great place to spend a day - take a tour the historic house and gardens, led by knowledgeable and friendly docents or just find a spot to enjoy the ever-present breeze and beauty of the grounds. In the event of rain, we'll move into the Red ballroom (the setting for my banner photo and CROSS ISLAND's), with its lovely Steinway. For more information on the Gardens, go to their website.

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Composer's Voice Concert - 1:00 - 2:00 PM
351 East 74th Street
New York, NY 10021
U.S
Price: FREE

 

The 15 Minutes of Fame of this concert is a reprise of the July 22 segment performed at Old Westbury Gardens - Clarinetist Thomas Piercy and I will perform 15 1-minute works written for us by Joel R. Hobbs, Oliver Cameron, Rain Worthington, Gordon Francis Blainey, Jr., Greg Bartholomew, Dagmar Feyen, Douglas Townsend, Masatora Goya, James SOE NYUN, Sean O'Boyle, Steve Cohen, Daniel J. Thompson, Brian Schober, and Bob Siebert.

The rest of the concert will be a wonderful assortment of works, with an emphasis on the cello,  by Lera Auerbuch, Steve Holtje, Paul Joseph, Pamela Sklar, Rick, Sowash, and David Wolfson. Performers will be :Steve Holtje, Christpher James, Lynelle James, Barry Kornhauser, Susan Mitchell ( a double-threat on cello and violin - though not simultaneously!), Nikolett Pankovits, Pamela Sklar, Antonio Szilagi, and yours truly.

Donations of clothing and non-perishable foods are welcome, for Jan Hus's amazing homeless outreach program.

For more information about the Composer's Voice series, go to http://www.voxnovus.com/composersvoice/

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Town of Oyster Bay Distinguished Artists Concert Series presents CROSS ISLAND - 8:00 PM
999 Old Country Road
Plainview, NY 11803
U.S
516-938-0077
Price: FREE

The program will begin with Beethoven's 12 Variations for cello and piano on See the Conqu'ring Hero, from Handel's oratorio, Judas Maccabeus.

Next up is the lovely third movement, Andante espressivo, of Debussy's Piano Trio in G Major

Then, the trio will perform Composer's Voice Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Waltzes - 15 1-minute works by 15 composers, written especially for the occasion and dedicated to CROSS ISLAND and Tom:

Rush Hour Waltz - Kevin Holland

À
la Valse
- Steven Serpa

Contemplation/In Memoriam
- Bob Sieber

A Sentimental Song - David Heuse

A Jaunt in the Rain - Benjamin Williams

Monet's Garden
- Steven Kreamer

Floating above the Clouds
- Masatora Goya

I'm So Happy
- John Spartan and Libby Moyer

Riding the Wave
- Dominic Dousa

Hurricane Waltz
- Adam Giese

The Fairy Dance
- Ruben Toledo

Cross Lake
- Scott Brickman

Spindrift
- Tim labor

Overclocked
- Alan Elkins

After intermission, the trio returns with Mark McCarron's jazz waltz, The Big Picture.

Then, Tom takes a solo turn, with Katherine Hoover's Air and Dance, from her Set for Clarinet.

A brace of works by Ned Rorem follows - White, for clarinet and piano, and, Paris, Then in its trio arrangement.

Next, Suzanne and Ellie demonstrate why Chopin's Etude, Op. 25, No. 7, is known as the "Cello Etude" - thanks to a breathtaking arrangement by Glazunov.

Then, it's time for a CROSS ISLAND trio Free Improv - a spontaneous work never heard before and never to be performed again.

Then, after a free drawing for a copy of CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD, Quiet Strenght, the program will close with two of Max Bruch's Pieces for clarinet, cello, and piano - the sumptuous Nachtgesang, No. 6, and the sprightly Allegro Vivace ma non troppo, No. 7.

Admission is free.

We hope that you'll join us for this evening of wonderful music!

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

CROSS ISLAND, with Thomas Piercy - a dialogue in music between Men and Women Composers - 2:00 PM
407 William Floyd Parkway
Shirley, NY 11967
U.S
631-399-1511
Price: $2 adults; $1 children and seniors

The program opens with Rick Sowash's Morning, Movement 1 of his trio, Winds of May.

Next is Solitaire: Theme and Variations, a new solo cello work commissioned in celebration of Suzanne's 50th birthday from world-renowned composer Carol Worthey.

Two works by Ned Rorem follow: A Bend in the River (clarinet/piano) and Paris Then (trio).

Then, Tom plays two solos - Air and Dance - from Katherind Hoover's  Set for Clarinet.
The trio regroups next, for the third Movement,  Andante espressivo, of Debussy's Piano Trio in G Major, Lesure No. 3.

A trio of Latin works takes us into intermission: Ruth Schonthal's Tango for Two (clarinet/cello), Keri Degg's Fuerza Tranquila, (cello/piano - the title track of our 2011 CD, Quiet Strength), and Paquito D'Rivera's Afro (trio).

After intermission, the trio returns with Long Island composer Barbara Bach Sternberg's Trio in D Major.

Mark McCarron's jazz waltz, The Big Picture, is next.

Then, it's Ellie's turn to solo, performing Clara Schumann's Romance in A Minor, Op. 21, No. 1.

Then, the trio is back with Ryuichi Sakamoto's Sheltering Sky, from the film of the same name.

A trio free improvisation is next - a spontaneous work never performed before and never to be heard again.

After a drawing for Quiet Strength, the program closes with Max Bruch's Nachtegesang - Andante con moto - and Allegro vivace, Op. 83.

Tickets: : $2 adults; $1 children and seniors - Available at the reference and adult services desk. You do not have to be a resident of the district.

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Islip Arts Council Presents CROSS ISLAND - 2:00 PM
Great River, NY 11739
631-581-1002
Price: Free



Cross Island returns to the Carriage House of the beautiful Bayard Cutting Arboretum to close out the winter concert series of the Islip Arts Council.

The program will be the eclectic mix of solos and duets audiences expect at a CROSS ISLAND concert, with works by Beach, Beethoven, Chopin, Ginastera, Gliere, Kouguell, Piazzolla, Clara Schumann, Sowash, and will also include the World Premiere of Solitaire - Theme and Variations, a new cello solo by Carol Worthey, commemorating my semi- centennial.


There will be a drawing for a copy of CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD, Quiet Strength, at the end of the concert.

Note: Tickets are distributed beginning at noon and go fast, so arrive early!

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Mu Phi Epsilon presents Mostly Beethoven - 7:30 PM
43A West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
U.S
212-645-2800
Price: $15 at the Door; $10 students and seniors.


CROSS ISLAND has been invited to perform Beethoven's 12 Variations, on Handel's "See the Conqu'ring Hero," from the oratorio Judas Maccabeus as part of the annual Beethoven concert of the NYC Alumni Chapter of the music fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon. This year, it's been expanded to include music by Chopin and Prokofiev.

  

Friday, October 26th, 2012

DO-ING Concert Series presents CROSS ISLAND, with Clarinetist Thomas Piercy - 7:30 PM
151 Laurel Avenue
Northport, NY 11768
(631)261-6930
Price: FREE

 CROSS ISLAND- cellist Suzanne Mueller and pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas - makes its debut on this series with clarinetist Thomas Piercy for a program of solos, duets (cello/piano, clarinet/cello, and clarinet/piano) and trios spanning centuries, genres, and styles.

The program is the kind of eclectic mix you expect from us (and from Tom) - works are trios unless otherwise identified:

Rick Sowash - Morning (from Winds of May)
 
Ned Rorem  - 2 Songs without Words (clarinet/piano)
      White
      Full of Life

 
Greg Bartholomew - Rollick & Romp (cello solo)


Schubert - Piano Trio in Bb Major, Op. 99 Mvt. 2, Andante un poco mosso
 
Alberto Ginastera - Danza del viejo boyero (piano solo)
 
Enrique Granados - Orientale (Spanish Dance No. 2)  (cello/piano)

Paquito D'Rivera - 2 Aires Tropicales
   Vals Venezolano  (cello/piano)
   Afro

 
~~~INTERMISSION~~~
 
Paul Carlon - Bent Blues
 
Astor Piazzolla - Milonga del Angel

Ned Rorem - 2 Waltzes
     Bal Musette
     Paris Then
 
Masatora Goya -Ripples in the P
ond (clarinet/cello)
Eiji Kato - Mienai sakebigoe (clarinet solo)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Sheltering Sky

Free Improvisation (a spontaneous work never heard before and never to be repeated)
 
Max Bruch - Two Pieces
   Nachtgesang: Andante con moto
   Allegro vivace, ma non troppo


There will be a drawing at the end of the concert for a copy of our 2011 CD, Quiet Strength,  and for Tom's EP of Richard Rodney Bennett's Ballad in Memory of Shirley Horn.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

CROSS ISLAND, with Thomas Piercy - 8:00 PM
619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street
New York, NY 10022
U.S
212-935-2200
Price: $10 suggested donation


In celebration of the birthday of composer Ned Rorem,  CROSS ISLAND - cellist Suzanne Mueller and pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas, will be joined by clarinetist Thomas Piercy in a concert of solos, duets, and trios spanning centuries, continents, genres, and styles,  bringing together beloved favorites and refreshing discoveries, including several works by the birthday celebrant (trio unless indicated):
 
Rick Sowash - Morning (from "Winds of May")
 
Ned Rorem  - 3 Songs without Words (clarinet/piano)
   A Bend in the River
   White
   Full of Life
 
Schubert - Piano Trio in Bb Major, Op. 99 Mvt. 2, Andante un poco mosso
   
Alberto Ginastera - 2 Danzas Argentinas (piano solo)
    Danza de la moza donoza
    Danza del viejo boyero
 
Enrique Granados - Orientale (Spanish Dance No. 2)  (cello/piano)

Paquito D'Rivera - 2 Aires Tropicales
   Vals Venezolano  (cello/piano)
   Afro
 
~~~INTERMISSION~~~
 
Paul Carlon - Bent Blues
 
Lawrence Kramer - Intermezzo (cello solo)

Ned Rorem - 3 Waltzes
     Bal Musette
     Lullaby of the Woman of the Mountain
     Paris Then
 
Masatora Goya - Ripples in the Pond (clarinet/cello)
Eiji Kato - Mienai sakebigoe (clarinet solo)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Sheltering Sky

Free Improvisation (a spontaneous work never heard before and never to be repeated)
 
Max Bruch - Two Pieces
   Nachtgesang: Andante con moto
   Allegro vivace, ma non troppo

 
Suggested donation: $10
 
There will be a drawing at the end of the concert for a copy of CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD, "Quiet Strength," and for
Thomas Piercy's CD, "Gotham Ensemble Plays Ned Rorem."

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

CROSS ISLAND, with clarinetist Thomas Piercy - 2:00 PM
1 Merry Lane
Jericho, NY 11753
U.S.
516-935-6790
Price: FREE

 

CROSS ISLAND- cellist Suzanne Mueller and pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas - returns to the Jericho Public Library with clarinetist Thomas Piercy for a program of solos, duets (cello/piano, clarinet/cello, and clarinet/piano) and trios spanning centuries, genres, and styles.

The program is the kind of eclectic mix you expect from us (and from Tom) - works are trios unless otherwise identified:

Rick Sowash - Morning (from Winds of May)
 
Ned Rorem  - 2 Songs without Words (clarinet/piano)
      White
      Full of Life

 
Greg Bartholomew - Rollick & Romp (cello solo)
Schubert - Piano Trio in Bb Major, Op. 99 Mvt. 2, Andante un poco mosso
 
Alberto Ginastera - Danza del viejo boyero (piano solo)
 
Enrique Granados - Orientale (Spanish Dance No. 2)  (cello/piano)

Paquito D'Rivera - 2 Aires Tropicales
   Vals Venezolano  (cello/piano)
   Afro

 
~~~INTERMISSION~~~
 
Paul Carlon - Bent Blues
 
Astor Piazzolla - Milonga del Angel

Ned Rorem - 2 Waltzes
     Bal Musette
     Paris Then
 
Masatora Goya -Ripples in the P
ond (clarinet/cello)
Eiji Kato - Mienai sakebigoe (clarinet solo)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Sheltering Sky

Free Improvisation (a spontaneous work never heard before and never to be repeated)
 
Max Bruch - Two Pieces
   Nachtgesang: Andante con moto
   Allegro vivace, ma non troppo


There will be a drawing at the end of the concert for a copy of our 2011 CD, Quiet Strength,  and for Tom's EP of Richard Rodney Bennett's Ballad in Memory of Shirley Horn.

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Composer's Voice "Celebrating Our Children" Concert - 1:00 PM
351 East 74th Street
New York, NY 10021
U.S.
Price: FREE

            

I first performed on Composers Voice's "Celebrating Our Children concert in 2011.

This year, I return as the concert's "15 Minutes of Fame" artist, performing 15 1-minute works composed for the occasion by 15 composers age 15 or younger (!). Last year's piano pieces were very impressive and made wonderful listening, and I can't wait to see and try the submissions I receives this year! And I'm sure the rest of the concert will be equally enjoyable (works by living composers performed by a variety of performers and appropriate to the theme).

Details to follow - Mark your calendar now!

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

2012 Summer Afternoon Concert Series Closing Concert - CROSS ISLAND - 3:00 - 4:00 PM
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S.
516-333-0048
Price: FREE, with Admission to the Gardens

All good things must come to an end, and the 2012 season of my Sunday Concert Series (formerly the West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series) at Old Westbury Gardens is no exception. So, this Sunday, August 12,at 3:00 pm,  fresh off our pair of Cape Cod debut concerts with clarinetist Thomas Piercy, CROSS ISLAND - Suzanne Mueller, cello, and Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano - will be returning to the scene of our first concert together five years ago to close out this year's series with the kind of eclectic program you expect from us.

The program will feature a broad range of music spanning centuries, genres, countries, and styles - duets and solos -  comprising a blend of beloved favorites (some with a twist) and new discoveries - all music we love and can't wait to share with our audience!

 We begin with a trio of lovely British tunes (appropriate for this closing day of the 2012 Olympics): Frank Bridge's Serenade,  and All in a Garden Green  and Buskin, from Richard Rodney Bennett's Six Country Dances.   


Next, Suzanne takes a solo turn, with the premiere performance of an abbreviated version of Ohio composer Rick Sowash's Sunday Morning Variations.

 
Then, Ellie rejoins Suzanne, for the very French Reverie au Bord de la Mer (Dream on the Seashore), by Jacques Offenbach.


A return to the States is next, with a Mazurka,  by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach.


Then, it's off to Spain, for two classics by Enrique Granados: His Orientale (Spanish Dance No. 2) and the Intermezzo from his opera, Goyescas.


Next, it's Ellie's turn to shine, in George Gershwin's "jazz lullabye," his Prelude No. 2 in C# Minor.


From then on, it's duos to the end:


The brief gem that is the second movement of the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Long Island's own Barbara Bach Sternberg.


Dutch (living in Sweden) composer Andreas van Haren's The Lost Child.


Two works by the U.K.'s Keri Degg: Fuerza Tranquila (Quiet Strength, a milonga that is the title track of our 2011 CD), and her fiery Czardas.



A CROSS ISLAND free improvisation - a short, spontaneous work created collaboratively on the spot, never heard before and never to be performed again.


German master Felix Mendelsshohn's airy, yet soulful, Song without Words in D Major, Op. 109. 


And, bringing the program - and the season - to a rousing close, citizen of hte world Arkadie Kouguell's Concertino.

Before the audience leaves, there will be a drawing for a copy of CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD,  Quiet Strength.

We hope that you'll join us for this special afternoon of music and come hear us during the season and back at Old Westbury Gardens next year, for the series's 10th season!

Those of you who have been coming to Suzanne's series at Old Westbury Gardens over the past nine years need to know that the location of the concerts has changed due to the area around the West Porch Beech Tree being closed to events to help preserve the tree (hence the series name change). We are now located in the Garden of Appreciation, adjoining the Walled Garden. The new site is lovely and has easy access to rest rooms. If you have mobility issues, you can request a ride to the concert site when you park - tell them you are going to the Garden of Appreciation for the concert.
In the event of rain, we'll still be in the majestic red ballroom (where the banner picture was taken by photographer Tiffany Thomas), with its great acoustics and lovely Steinway.

Directions to Old Westbury Gardens:

 from New York City

From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39 (Glen Cove Road). Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.


From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Bear left at end of exit ramp and turn left onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.

 from Eastern Long Island


From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39. Turn left onto Glen Cove Road (Garden City) at end of exit ramp, cross over expressway, and immediately turn left onto the service road. Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.


From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Turn right at the end of the exit ramp (Old Westbury) onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Paint a Concert, Play a Painting - 7:30 PM
820 Main Street/Rte. 28
Harwich Port, MA 02646
U.S
508/430-7622
Price: $12



Image by Laura Balboni Craciun

820 Main Gallery is hosting an event combing an art opening with a musical performance by New York and Cape Cod artists. CROSS ISLAND, together with clarinetist Thomas Piercy will present in an eclectic program of solos, duets (clarinet/cello, cello/piano, and clarinet/piano) and trios spanning centuries, styles, and genres, ranging from Classical through Jazz, Blues, and Latin. The program will blend beloved favorites with new discoveries, including works written or arranged especially for CROSS ISLAND and highlighting music by women composers. Composers will include local favorite Canary Burton (Wellfleet), as well as Amy Beach, Barbara Bach Steinberg, Paquito D'Rivera, Keri Degg, James Grant, Art Lillard, Mark McCarron, Astor Piazzolla, Paul Schoenfield, Ruth Schonthal, Franz Schubert, and Robert Schumann, and there will also be a free improvisation - a  spontaneous work never performed before and never to be repeated.
Violist Laura Balboni Craciun will be performing a viola/cello duet by Canary Burton with Suzanne, which she has interpreted in a painting. The painting will be on display during the performance, along with the many paintings in the upstairs gallery by the artists of 820 Main.The concert will conclude with a drawing for a copy of CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD, Quiet Strength, and Thomas Piercy's EP CD, Richard Rodney Bennett's Ballad in Memory of  Shirley Horn.

Artists will be encourage to create paintings during the concert, inspired by the music being performed.

A casual meet-the-artists reception will follow.

To learn more about CROSS ISLAND, please go to http://crossisland.net and to learn more about the artist, Laura Balboni Craciun, visit www.artbylaurajean.com

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

CROSS ISLAND, with Thomas Piercy - Our Cape Cod Debut! - 8:00 PM
55 West Main Street
Wellfleet, MA 02667
U.S.
(508) 349-0310
Price: $15


CROSS ISLAND has been invited, together with clarinetist Thomas Piercy, to perform a concert at the Wellfleet Public Library, sponsored by WOMR and hosted by Canary Burton.

The program will be:

Morning (Winds of May, Movement 1) -Rick Sowash
Paris Now - Ned Rorem -  
Andante un poco mosso (Trio in Bb Major, Op. 99, Mvt. 2) - Franz Schubert
Chopin  Slept - Canary Burton
Largo (Mvt. 3 (Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65) - Frederic Chopin
Gavottes I & II, Suite No. 5 in C Minor - J.S. Bach
Prelude No. 1 - George Gershwin
Bent Blues - Paul Carlon
 
~~~INTERMISSION~~~
 
The Big Picture   - Mark McCarron 
Un Seul - Kalman Opperman
Jacinto Chiclana   - Astor Piazzolla
Laughing on the Outside   - John Thomas(written especially for the occasion!)
Bracha   - Meira Warshauer
Free Improvisation
Intermezzo  - Enrique Granados
The concert will conclude with a drawing for CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD, Quiet Strength, and Thomas Piercy's EP CD of Richard Rodney Bennett's Ballad in Memory of Shirley Horn. An informal meet-the-artists reception will follow.

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Sunday Afternoon Concert 4 - Cambiata Flute & Cello Duo , with Mark McCarron - 3:00 - 4:00 PM
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S.
516-333-0048
Price: FREE, with Admission to the Gardens

Flutist/composer Pamela Sklar charmed the Old Westbury Gardens audience in her first appearance under the beech tree last year, in a concert also featuring clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski, Jr.

This year, she returns as a duo with me, and this year, we'll be joined by guitarist Mark McCarron!

 

The program begins with a flute/cello rendition of Bach's Invention No. 9 in F Minor, BWV 780.

This will be followed by Courante, a new take on a Baroque form, by Roger Blanc, in a flute/cello arrangement prepared especailly for us.

Next up is the world premiere of the flute/cello version of Greg Bartholomew's Beneath the Apple Tree - a lovely piece of Americana with a modern sensibility.

Suzanne will then solo on Leonard Kramer's Intermezzo, from the composer's song cycle, The Wanderer and His Shadow.

Then, Pamela returns to join Suzanne in Christopher Swithinbak's playful Jeux.

A work by Long Island's own Barbara Bach Sternberg follows - Arabesque (from her Sonata for Flute and Cello). Those of you who came to the July 22 concert heard it in a clarinet/cello arrangement, but we thought it would be interesting to hear the original timbres.

 Next, it's Pamela's turn to solo, on her own Heritage - A Native American-Jazz Tribute.

Guest Mark McCarron then joins Suzanne for his Sea Shanty, a long-time Old Westbury Gardens' favorite.

The three join together then, for another tune familiar to Old Westbury Gardens summer audiences: Irish composer Thomas Walsh's Inis Oirr.

Pamela and Mark coninue, then, with the beloved Jazz standard, Taking a Chance on Love, by Vernon Duke.

Then Mark performs Heitor Villa-Lobos's Prelude No. 1 in E Minor.

The trio then regroups for Antonio Carlos Jobim's classic, Zingaro (Portrait in Black and White).

And the concert comes to a rousing close with Egberto Gismonti's 7 Aneis.

~~~~~~~~

 The one-hour concert will be in the Garden of Appreciation. In the event of rain, it will be moved indoors, to the Red Ballroom. The concert is free, with admission to the Gardens, which is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors 62+; $5 kids 7-17; free under 7. While there, enjoy a tour of the mansion and gardens, led by knowledgeable and welcoming docents!

Before the audience leaves, there will be a drawing, open to all in attendance, for a copy of Pamela's CD, A Native American-Jazz Tribute (A Tune for America).

*Those of you who have been coming to this series at Old Westbury Gardens over the past nine years need to know that the location of the concerts has changed due to the area around the West Porch Beech Tree being closed for events to help preserve the tree (hence the series name change). We are now located in the Garden of Appreciation, adjoining the Walled Garden. The new site is lovely and has easy access to rest rooms. If you have mobility issues, you can request a ride to the concert site when you park - tell them you are going to the Garden of Appreciation for the concert.

Old Westbury Gardens is one of our favorite destinations on Long Island. With its historic mansion and incredibly gorgeous grounds (featured in movies from  Love Story and North by Northwest to Hitch and American Gangster, and in television shows including Sex and the City and, most recently, Royal Pains), it’s a great place to spend the day.

So, bring a picnic and a blanket or chair (or not - there are benches and chairs available - a hat is advised, as shade is limited) and enjoy an hour of great music in an enchanting setting. And, while you're there, take a tour of the house and/or gardens – the docents are both knowledgeable and welcoming. In the event of rain (or significant threat thereof), we'll be in the lovely Red Ballroom - in the house, so please don't let bad weather keep you away (you can still take a tour of the house, too!

The concert is free. Admission to the Gardens (including tours) is $10 for adults; $8 for mature adults (over 62); $5 for children 7-17; and free for children under 7.

Directions to Old Westbury Gardens:

 from New York City

From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39 (Glen Cove Road). Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.


From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Bear left at end of exit ramp and turn left onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.

  

from Eastern Long Island

 

From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39. Turn left onto Glen Cove Road (Garden City) at end of exit ramp, cross over expressway, and immediately turn left onto the service road. Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.


From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Turn right at the end of the exit ramp (Old Westbury) onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

2012 Summer Afternoon Concert 3 - CROSS ISLAND~Cello & Reed.featuring "15 Minutes of Fame" - 3:00 - 4:00 PM
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S.
516-333-0048
Price: FREE, with Admission to the Gardens



The third concert on this year's series is CROSS ISLAND~Cello & Reed, with clarinetist Thomas Piercy joining me for the first time in a duo concert at Old Westbury Gardens, after making his Gardens debut July 8 with CROSS ISLAND.

Another new element to this concert: We'll be starting it off with a Composer's Voice "15 Minutes of Fame" segment - 15 1-minute clarinet/cello works written especially for the occasion by 15 composers. We've now selected the works to be performed (from 51 submissions!) and know that our audience will enjoy this special treat! The theme is the beautiful painting Giverny Revisited, by Raisy Derzie (below).  

Giverny Revisited


 
Clarinetist Thomas Piercy joins Summer Afternoon Concert Series (formerly West Porch Beech Tree) Artist-in-Residence , cellist Suzanne Mueller in a very special concert, featuring a Composer's Voice 15 Minutes of Fame segment: 15 one-minute works written especially for the occasion and inspired by Raisy Derzie's painting, "Giverny Revisited" (in alpha order by composer):
Gordon Francis Blaney, Jr. - "Revisiting Giverny"
Breg Bartholomew - "Return to Giverny: Revisiting a Familiar Place of Memories"
Oliver Cameron - "Giverny Revisited"
Steve Cohen - "You Say Giverny, I Say Gevalt!"
Dagmar Feyen - "Garden Piece"
Jim Fox - "Clémentel's Stereoscope"
Masatora Goya - "Ripples in the Pond"
Joel R. Hobbs - "Waltz of the Dragonflies"
Brian Schober - "Stone Dance"
Bob Siebert - "Riffin'"
James Soe Nyun - "Afterimages"
Sean O'Boyle - "Giverny Revisited - Pastorale"
Daniel J. Thompson - "micro-fantasy"
Douglas Townsend - " Prelude"
Rain Worthington - "A Moment's Impression"

Other composers on the program will include Wilhelm Friedrich Bach, Ludwig v. Beethoven, Charlie Chaplin (the one and only),  Leopold Mozart, Astor Piazzolla, Rick Sowash, and LI's own Barbara Bach Sternberg (no relation).

If the weather is good ,we'll be under the beautiful old tree that gives the series its name. If it rains, we'll be in the lovely Red Ballroom. Either way, it's a great place to come for the day - take a tour of the house and gardens, led by  very nice and very knowledgeable docents and, of course, hear a great hour of music!

Admission to the Gardens, including a tour and the concert, is:
$10.00 - General Admission for House & Gardens
$  8.00 - Over 62
$  5.00 - Children 7-17
Free - Children 6 and under
Free - Members (click HERE for membership information)

The gardens are easily accessible by car from either the LIE or Northern State Parkway. I don't recommend coming by train.

Composers: If you're going to be there, please let us know, so that we can introduce you to the audience!

Mark your calendars!

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

2012 Summer Afternoon Concert 2 - HUNGRYTOWN - 3:00 - 4:00 PM
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S.
516-333-0048
Price: FREE, with Admission to the Gardens

Hungrytown - husband and wife folk duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson -  once again joins me at Old Westbury Gardens (Long Island, NY) in a concert of folk music in their signature style, seamlessly blending traditional and 21st-century-elements, with the cello providing bass lines, descants, fiddling, and even a couple of solos: the world premiere of the cello version of Greg Bartholomew's Rollick and Romp, and Barbara Bach Sternberg's Bitter Tears. A copy of Hungrytown's CD, Any Forgotten Thing, will be given away at the end of the concert, in a drawing open to all in attendance.

The one-hour concert is free with admission to the Gardens ($10 general admission; $8, 62 & over; $5, ages 7-17; free 6 and under and Gardens members) and it's a great place to spend a day - take a tour the historic house ad gardens, led by knowledgeable and friendly docents or just find a spot to enjoy the ever-present breeze and beauty of the grounds. In the event of rain, we'll move into the Red ballroom (the setting for my banner photo). For more information on the Gardens, go to their website.


Sunday, July 8th, 2012

2012 Summer Afternoon Concert Series Opening Concert - CROSS ISLAND, with Thomas Piercy - 3:00 - 4:00 PM
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
U.S.
516-333-0048
Price: FREE, with Admission to Gardens

I'm kicking off my 2012 Summer Afternoon Concert Series (formerly the West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series) at Old Westbury Gardens- my 9th season in residence there -  in style, with a CROSS ISLAND concert of duets (clarinet/cello and cello/piano), solos, and trios, featuring pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas and clarinetist Thomas Piercy. Repertoire will be a mix of beloved favorites and new discoveries spanning centuries and styles:

Art Lillard - That's Just the Way It Is
Barbara Bach Sternberg - Piano Trio
Paul Schoenfield - Andante (movement 2, Cafe Music)
Astor Piazzolla -  Etude 4 (clarinet solo)
Astor Piazzolla (arr. Thomas Piercy) - Oblivion
Rick Sowash  - Winds of may, Movements 1 & 2
Johan Sebastian Bach - Gavottes I & II, Solo Cello Suite V, in C Minor
Canary Burton - Sri Rama (piano solo)
Ned Rorem
(arr. Thomas Piercy) - Paris Then
Paul Carlon - Bent Blues
Free Improvisation
Paquito D'Rivera - Afro

There will be a drawing at the end of the concert for a copy of CROSS ISLAND's 2011 CD, Quiet Strength, open to all in attendance.

The one-hour concert is free with admission to the Gardens ($10 general admission; $8, 62 & over; $5, ages 7-17; free 6 and under and Gardens members) and it's a great place to spend a day - take a tour the historic house ad gardens, led by knowledgeable and friendly docents or just find a spot to enjoy the ever-present breeze and beauty of the grounds. In the event of rain, we'll move into the Red ballroom (the setting for my banner photo and CROSS ISLAND's), with its lovely Steinway. For more information on the Gardens, go to their website.

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Town of Oyster Bay Distinguished Artsists Series - CROSS ISLAND with Thomas PiercyCROSS ISLAND - 2:00 PM
116 Merritts Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735
U.S.
516-249-9090
Price: FREE

CROSS ISLAND - cellist Suzanne Mueller and pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas - are joined by clarinetist Thomas Piercy in a program of duets (clarinet/cello and cello/piano) and trios spanning centuries, styles, and genres. Composers include Barbara Bach Sternberg,  Richard Rodney Bennett, Roger Blanc, Frederic Chopin, Paquito D'Rivera, Keri Degg, George Gershwin, Andreas van Haren, Arkadie Kouguell, Mark McCarron, Ruth Schonthal, Franz Schubert, and Rick Sowash.

For directions, click here

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Islip Arts Council presents CROSS ISLAND, with Thomas Piercy - 2:00 PM
Great River, NY
U.S.
Price: FREE

CROSS ISLAND - cellist Suzanne Mueller and pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas - are joined by clarinetist Thomas Piercy in a program of solos, duets (clarinet/cello and cello/piano), and trios spanning centuries, styles, and genres. Composers include Richard Rodney Bennett, Roger Blanc, Paquito D'Rivera, Keri Degg, Arkadie Kouguell,  Mark McCarron, Franz Schubert, and Long island's own Barbara Bach Sternberg, to name a few.

A drawing will be held for a copy of CROSS ISLAND's new CD with clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski, Jr., Quiet Strength.

Arrive early. Tickets are distributed beginning at 12:30, and they go FAST.

For more information about the Islip Arts Council's programs, go to http://www.islipartscouncil.org.

Note: For GPS or Mapquest direction, use either:

Great River Rd & NY-27A (Montauk Hwy)
or

NY-27A & Union Blvd, East Islip NY 11730

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

HUNGRYTOWN, with Cellist Suzanne Mueller - 4:00 PM
196 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
212.477.4155
Price: FREE!!

Hungrytown Concert

Cellist Suzanne Mueller will be joining folk duo HUNGRYTOWN (http://hungrytown.net/) - Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson - in a show of folk music in their signature style, seamlessly blending traditional and 21st-century-elements, with the cello providing bass lines, descants, and fiddling, including, Ramparts and Bridges, a song I composed especially for Rebecca.