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CROSS ISLAND's "Quiet Strength"

CROSS ISLAND - cellist Suzanne Mueller, pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas, clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski, Jr.

Join CROSS ISLAND – Suzanne Mueller, cello,  and Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano – and clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski, Jr. as we celebrate the release of our new CD, Quiet Strength, in a concert on the Classical Concert Series at Saint Peters Church, renowned for its amazing acoustics.

The program is an eclectic one, spanning genres, styles, and centuries. Works by living composers are:
Roger Blanc – Saint Vitus Was Here (clarinet/cello)
Keri Degg – Fuerza Tranquila (cello/piano)
James Grant – To Become World (clarinet/cello)
Andreas van Haren – The Lost Child (cello/piano) and Nature Awakes (cello/piano)
Jeffrey Harrington – Nocturne (cello/piano)
Mark McCarron – The Big Picture(trio)
Paul Schoenfield – Andante (Mvt. 2, Cafe Music (trio)
Rick Sowash – Lullabye for Kara (cello/piano)
Meira Warshauer – In Memoriam, September 11, 2001 (clarinet/cello) and Bracha (cello/piano arrangement created collaboratively with teh composer; not on the album – a concert “bonus track”)

Other contemporary composers include Ruth Schonthal and Arkadie Kouguell. There will also be music by Cecile Chaminade and Frank Bridge.

Composers Roger Blanc, Mark McCarron, and Meira Warshauer will be in attendance, as will artist Rasisy Derzey, who provided the beautiful painting used on the CD and package, Giverny Revisited.

Suggested donation: $10, including a complimentary CD.
Saint Peter’s Church: 619 Lexington Avenue @ 54th Street, New York, NY

For more information, contact CROSS ISLAND or go to our website, http://crossisland.net.

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Joseph Rutkowski, Jr., clarinet; Suzanne Mueller, cello; Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano

CROSS ISLAND – cellist Suzanne Mueller, and pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas – are joined by Joseph Rutkowski, Jr., clarinetist  to finally play the concert postponed from August 14 due to severe weather – closing out the 2011 West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series at Old Westbury Gardens with a really special program of music they love from across the centuries, the world, and the musical spectrum.

Music by living composers will include:

The Big Picture, a jazz waltz by Mark McCarron, which will open the concert (and will be heard on CROSS ISLAND’s new CD, Quiet Strength, scheduled for a November 1 release)

Bracha, a breathtaking work by Meira Warshauer, in a new cello/piano transcription created in collaboration with the composer (also on  Quiet Strength, scheduled for a November 1 release).

Funeral for a Ball, a new solo cello work by Douglas DaSilva.

Relentless Machine, the third of Karel Husa’s Three Studies for Solo Clarnet, performed in honor of the composer’s 90th birthday this summer.

The Andante of Paul Schoenfield’s Cafe Music (another Quiet Strength track) .

Other composers on the program will be Morton Gould, Arkadie Kouguell, Jacques Offenbach, George Gershwin, Cecile Chaminade, Enrique Granados, and Francisco Canaro, and there will also be a trio free improvisation.

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.

Unless we have an Indian Summer day, the concert will be in the Red Ballroom, with it’s crystal clear acoustics and beautiful Steinway. If the weather cooperates, though, we’ll be under the majestic tree that gives the series its name. Regardless, while you’re there, take a tour of the house and/or gardens – the docents are both knowledgeable and welcoming.

The concert is free. Admission to the Gardens (including tours) is $10 for adults; $8 for mature adults (over 62); $5 for children 7-12; and free for children under 7.

For directions, and to learn more about Old Westbury Gardens, go to http://www.oldwestburygardens.org.

To keep up with CROSS ISLAND’s news, hear tracks, and watch performance videos, go to http://crossisland.net.

For information about the West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series or its performers, contact Suzanne Mueller  at cambiatagn@yahoo.com.

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