Sunday Afternoon Concert 4 - Cambiata Flute & Cello Duo , with Mark McCarron -
3:00 - 4:00 PM
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
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.