CROSS ISLAND - cellist Suzanne Mueller and pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas - and clarinetist Sandy Tepper

CROSS ISLAND – cellist Suzanne Mueller and pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas – and clarinetist Sandy Tepper

This is an extra-special summer under the venerable West Porch Beech Tree at Old Westbury Gardens (Old Westbury, LI, NY) – the 10th season of the West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series!

On Sunday, July 7, at 3:00 PM. CROSS ISLAND – Suzanne Mueller, cello (and Beech Tree Concerts Artist-in-Residence), and Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano – together with clarinetist Sandy Tepper, will present the opening concert. The program will feature a broad range of solos, duets, and trios 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!

Some of the music by living composers to be presented: Rick Sowash’s Morning, the first movement of his trio, Winds of May; the 4th movement of his new clarinet/cello duet, Glory Hallelujah; and the jazz-inflected Lullabye for Kara, for cello and piano.

Several short and unique waltzes composed for CROSS ISLAND in response to a call for submissions by Composer’s Voice: Helga Beier’s (W)einer (W)alzer (W)elcome; Dominic Dousa’s Riding the Wave; Masatora Goya’s Floating above the Clouds; Steven Kreamer’s Monet’s Garden; and I’m So Happy, by Libby Moyer and John Spartan .

Greg Bartholomew’s duet, Return to Giverny, another short Composer’s Voice work, premiered on this series last summer by Suzanne and clarinetist Thomas Piercy – inspired by Raisy Derzy’s glorious painting of the same name (the cover art of CROSS ISLAND’s 2011 CD, Quiet Strength).

Hommage á Manuel de Falla, a clarinet solo by Béla Kovács.

Bob Siebert’s jazzy clarinet/cello duet, Riffin’ (another Composer’s Voice work premiered at the Gardens last season).

Mark McCarron’s jazz waltz trio, The Touch.

Paquito D’Rivera’s trio, Afro!

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! – in he event of rain (or serious threat thereof), the concert will be moved indoors to the lovely Red Ballroom, with its excellent Steinway.

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 and venue information : Old Westbury Gardens

To contact Cross Island, e-mail Suzanne Mueller:



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