Gift of Music Gala Benefit Concert

Featuring Anthony McGill, principal clarinet, New York Philharmonic; Mindy Kaufman, piccolo and flute, New York Philharmonic; and Michael McHale, international piano soloist.  Honoring Karen and Michael Neus and Heidi Chen Lauring and Brett Lauring.


The Gala celebrates the school’s remarkable achievements, while raising critical scholarship funds for children in our community who wish to study music, but whose families lack the financial resources. Join us as we celebrate 33 years of magnificent music education at the Thurnauer School of Music. This concert will be presented at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ.  Ticket prices to be announced. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Nina Bachrach at 201-408-1406.

Sponsored by Drs. Joan and Alan Handler.


Wed, May 10
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Student Recital: Guitar Solos

Be inspired by Thurnauer's fine young guitarists performing as soloists. Reception following the concert.  Admission Free.

Wed, Mar 29
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Piano Master Class with Alessio Bax

Sharing artistry, from generation to generation. Gain insight into the music and the artistic process in this intimate, public coaching featuring world-renowned pianist, Alessio Bax.


Pianist Alessio Bax’s quintessential lyricism, insightful interpretations, and dazzling facility create “a ravishing listening experience,” with playing that “quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity” (Gramophone), leading to what Dallas Morning News calls “an out-of-body experience.” First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, he has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle.


Mr. Bax tours the U.S., both with his frequent recital partner, violinist Joshua Bell, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), and has performed in many major festivals including the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Switzerland’s Verbier Festival, and Italy’s Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival, where he was recently appointed Artistic Director for a three-year term starting in 2017. He has also appeared multiple times at the Bard Music Festival in upstate New York, and has given recitals at New York’s Lincoln Center and other major music halls around the world, including those of Rome, Milan, Bilbao, Madrid, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Washington, DC. As a chamber musician, Bax has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Sol Gabetta, Steven Isserlis, Nicholas Phan, Paul Watkins, and Jörg Widmann, among many others.


Students selected to perform, based on auditions held on March 5, are William Chen, Anthony Gurunian, Tsan He, Jeffrey Koc and Jake Cheng, Gordon Li, John Nguyen, Charis Yoon.  Vivian Wei and Hugh Knoepp were awarded Honorable Mention.


Everyone is welcome to attend our master class!


Part of the Sylvia and Jacob Handler Master Class series.


Mon, Apr 3
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Admission Free. Suggested Contribution: $10.
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Guitar Master Class with Sharon Isbin

Gain insight into the music and the artistic process in this intimate, public coaching featuring Sharon Isbin.

Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time”. She is the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, and the Munich, Toronto and Madrid international competitions. She has appeared as soloist with over 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in the world’s finest halls. She was featured as soloist on the GRAMMY nominated soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning The Departed. On September 11, 2002, Ms. Isbin performed at Ground Zero for the internationally televised memorial.


Congratulations to the following students, selected from the tri-state area to participate in the 7th Annual Beverly and Lewis Lauring Guitar Master Class based on auditions held on Sunday, March 26:

Silas Bobrow
Logan Bobrow
Sunaya DasGupta Mueller
Luke Davis
Shiloh Gonsky
Nayan Khambhla
Benjamin Lauring
Benjamin Mays
Dani Zanuttini-Frank


Students selected as Honorable Mention:
Alejandro Ross
Julian Boesch
Isaiah Chung
Lilia Kyle


The entire community is welcome to attend our master class and we hope to see you there!
Part of the Beverly and Lewis Lauring Guitar Master Class series.

For information on auditioning, please click here. Auditions are on Mar 26, starting at 12pm. 

Participation in the Lauring Guitar Master Classes is open to pre-college musicians who are residents of New Jersey, New York or Connecticut.


Wed, Apr 26
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Suggested Contribution: $10
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Director’s Cut: An Interactive Children’s Concert!

A Family Concert for ages 4-125

An interactive and creative romp through music, acting and storytelling.  With violin, double bass, piano and two improvisational actors, you, the audience, will create a story to accompany the Duo for Double Bass and Violin by Giovanni Bottesini. 



With Sharon Roffman, violin and Nathan Farrington, double bass, and Anna Polonsky, piano, and actors, Diane Davis and Rami Vamos.



Violinist Sharon Roffman, prizewinner in the 2003 Naumburg Foundation International Competition, made her solo debut with the New Jersey Symphony in 1996. Since then, Ms. Roffman has forged a unique career distinguished by her versatility; she is equally sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and music educator



Nathan Farrington graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and studied double bass with the Principal Bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Hal Robinson, as well as with famed soloist Edgar Meyer. Mr. Farrington has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival Conducting Orchestra, and the Minnesota Sinfonia. Nathan participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and appears regularly in the bass sections of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. He has also developed a relationship with Garrison Keillor and has appeared on MPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" numerous times.

 

Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and many others. Ms. Polonsky has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, Daedalus, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Arnold Steinhardt, Peter Wiley, and Jaime Laredo. She has performed chamber music at festivals such as Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, Bard, and Caramoor, as well as at Bargemusic in New York City.

 

Combining his talents as a performer, educator, writer, and composer, Rami Vamos has produced a wide array of creative output, ranging from children’s musicals to chamber compositions. For the past ten years he has used these creations to share an appreciation of classical music with people of all ages and backgrounds.


Diane Davis  Bway: Golden Boy, Festen, Old Acquaintance; Off-Bway: Nice Girl (LAByrinth), The Model Apartment (Primary Stages; Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations, Outstanding Actress in a Play), Regrets Only (Manhattan Theater Club), The Young Left (Cherry Lane).  Regional: An American Daughter (Williamstown), The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (The Goodman), The Qualms (Steppenwolf), Abigail/1702 (Pittsburgh City Theater), All My Sons (Huntington), Dying City (Hartford Stage), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles). Television credits include Elementary, Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, Power, Michael and Michael Have Issues, Fringe, Without A Trace, Law and Order, and Filthy Gorgeous. M.F.A., NYU.

Series made possibly by a generous contribution from Eva Holzer and the Konikow Chamber Music Fund.


Sun, Apr 30
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
$10.00 Member
$12.00 Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Thurnauer Chamber Music Series: Postcard from the Old World

Rescheduled: Tickets purchased for the snowed out date will be honored. If you have tickets from the snowed out date and will not be able to use them, please call 201-408-1466 for a refund.


Join artistic director, violinist Sharon Roffman, and friends, for an evening of music from central Europe, featuring music by great Czech and Hungarian composers of the 19th and 20th centuries.  The concert features trios written in the Terezin concentration camp by Hans Krasa and Gideon Klein.  Though neither survived the camps, their music did. Also including works of Antonin Dvorak, Zoltan Kodaly, and Ernst von Dohnanyi. With guest artists, Dov Scheindlin, viola; and Clancy Newman, cello.


Violinist Sharon Roffman, prizewinner in the 2003 Naumburg Foundation International Competition, made her solo debut with the New Jersey Symphony in 1996. Since then, Ms. Roffman has forged a unique career distinguished by her versatility; she is equally sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and music educator.

Dov Scheindlin is a member and Artistic Director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and an Associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has been violist of the Arditti, Penderecki and Chester String Quartets.

Cellist Clancy Newman, first prize winner of the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is both, a performer and a composer.


Read more about music written in Terezin here.
Series made possibly by a generous contribution from Eva Holzer and the Konikow Chamber Music Fund.


Currently enrolled music school students are entitled to a complimentary ticket. Please call or stop by the music office to receive a ticket.


Wed, May 3
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
$16.00 Member
$20.00 Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Student Recital: Cello Solos

Be inspired by Thurnauer's fine young cellists performing as soloists. Reception following the concert.  Admission Free.

Wed, May 17
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Student Recital: Guitar Ensembles

Be inspired by Thurnauer's fine young guitarists performing in ensembles. Reception following the concert.  Admission Free.

Thu, May 18
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Student Recital: Cello Groups

Be inspired by Thurnauer's fine young cellists performing in ensembles. Reception following the concert.  Admission Free.

Mon, May 22
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Senior Graduation Recital: Natalaia Rodriguez, soprano

High School Senior Natalia Rodriguez, peforming songs from classical to Broadway. Reception following the concert.  Admission Free.

Natalia Rodriguez, 17, is a senior at Tenafly High School and has been a student at the Thurnauer School of Music since she was a toddler, running around in her Music and Movement class. Although Natalia will be performing as a vocalist, she began her musical career, at age 5, as a violinist. Natalia went on take voice lessons at age 8 and finally took up the piano when she was 13. Music is a significant aspect of her life and transcends into her other extracurricular activities: dance and theater. Natalia has been dancing ballet, tap, and jazz at Nunnbetter Dance Theatre for 12 years. She is also very passionate about theatre and has been in several of her high school’s productions: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Cosette in Les Miserables, and Marie in Cinderella. She is also in the Honors Choir at her school and the NJ All State Choir. Natalia would like to thank all her teachers and mentors who have guided her at Thurnauer. She hopes to continue cultivating her artistic passions at the University of Chicago, which she will be attending in the fall.

Wed, May 24
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Senior Graduation Recital: Anthony Gurunian, piano

Anthony Gurunian, 17, began piano lessons at age 5 with Maria Yu at the Ars Nova Conservatory and, for the past five years, has studied with Steven Masi at the Thurnauer School of Music. Anthony won the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra Concerto competition in 2016 and will perform a movement of a Mozart piano concerto with the orchestra on June 14. He also won the Bronze Award at the International Virtuoso Competition in 2015. His favorite composers include Robert Schumann and Paul Hindemith. He enjoys playing chamber music with his friends. Anthony is a senior in Northern Highlands Regional High School and, in addition to playing the piano, enjoys playing tennis and chess.

Program to include works of Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Dvorak, Liszt, Hindemith and Justin Dello Joio.
Kevin Wallace, violin and Andrew Wallace, cello, guest artists

Reception following the concert. Admission Free.


Thu, May 25
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Shirah Spring Concert: Annual Bernie and Ruth Weinflash z"l Memorial Concert

Join us for a delightful evening of song! Founded in 1995, Shirah performs secular and sacred songs from across the spectrum of the Jewish musical tradition. Shirah performs regularly at the JCC, has been featured in many concerts in the US and Israel, including Avery Fisher Hall, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Bergen Performing Arts Center, and annually at the North American Jewish Choral Festival. Marsha Bryan Edelman, conductor. Matthew Lazar , founding director. Beth Robin, pianist.

Supported by founders Bernie and Ruth Weinflash z"l and their SHIRAH Fund in Tribute to Matthew Lazar, the Ethel and Irving Plutzer Fund for the SHIRAH Choir, and the Rhoda Toonkel Fund for the SHIRAH Choir.

Sun, Jun 11
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
$16.00 Member
$20.00 Public
Sponsor level tickets available.
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

18th Annual Sandra O. Gold Founder’s Day Concert

An annual sold-out, celebratory event featuring our incomparable student ensembles and honoring Dr. Sandra O. Gold, who had the vision to create a community music school at the JCC. The concert will also include recognition of the school’s volunteers of the year and graduating seniors.

Supported by the Sandra O. Gold Founder's Fund, established by Russ and Angelica Berrie.


Thu, Jun 15
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Suggested Contribution: $10
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.



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