Saturday, February 27, 2010 8:35 PM

Our February Salon meets today, February 27th at 2:30 p.m. (until 5:30 p.m.) at the rehearsal studio of Symphony Space 95th street and Broadway. As reminder, JOHN DE CLEF PIÑEIRO offers the following hints on finding the right room: (1) if the Symphony Space box office is open, you can enter the Symphony Space lobby, and ask the guard there how to get to the rehearsal studio from the lobby, or (2) you can enter the first glass door down from the south west corner of Broadway and 95th street (where Symphony Space is located), which will take you to the steel stairs leading down from the street level to the actual ticket entrance (not the box office) to the Thalia’s hall. On a wall to the left of the entrance, you will see a yellow sign that says STUDIO, and just follow the signs from there.

All are invited; hope to see you in our new time and space!


ROGER BLANC is performing an original piece for electric guitar and harp tomorrow, Sunday, February 28 at 1:00 PM at Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street, NYC (between 1st and 2nd Avenues) as part of the “Composer’s Voice” concert series (, Also on the concert is new music by Douglas DaSilva, H. David Korenchendler, Liduino Pitombeira, Rafael dos Santos, Robert Voisey, and Kai Watanabe. Performers include Amy Berger, harp; Alex Stein, tenor sax; Roger Blanc and Kai Watanabe on guitar, and the Duo Barrenechea. 

Transportation – take the 6 train to 77th and Lexington, walk south and east. Please view the attachment for further details, and I hope to see you there!


MARTIN HALPERN‘s two new one-act chamber operas will receive world premiere productions Thursday, March 4; Friday, March 5; and Saturday, March 6. The starting time for each performance is 8 PM. The two projects are The Enchanted Stone, freely based on W.B. Yeats’s early play “The Pot of Broth” and The Hour Glass, freely based on images from Yeats’s early play of the same name. The venue is St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea, 346 West 20th Street. Performed by JIM TRAINOR, baritone, YVONNE  BILL, soprano, and EARL BUYS, pianist. All three were featured in the October, 2009 production of Halpern’s operas Purgatory and The Death of Oedipus at St. Gregory’s Church, which reviewer Joel Benjamin called “an intensely satisfying evening of music and drama.” Tickets:  $20; $10 for students and via TDF. Reservations: Online at or by telephone at 212-352-3101.


Award-winning composer DEBRA KAYE will be featured on Manhattan Neighbor Network on Monday, March 8th, 8:30 pm on the show Minding Your Business, hosted by June Middleton. The Time Warner Channel is 57. The show also airs on RCN Ch 84, Verizon FIOS Ch 35, or Ch 69 without a cable box. If that’s not handy, you can also view the show as a live stream on the internet at: Ch 57/84/35 under “Watch MNN Live”). Debra’s performing artists are Amy Kimball and Lynn Bechtold, violin; Whitney La Grange, viola; Frank Wagner, double bass; and Javier Oviedo, saxophone. Debra’s music has been heard at many venues including Carnegie Hall, and Steinway Hall. This show features a preview of her most recent work, CHANGING FORMS.


Speaking of DEBRA KAYE, she will present a concert of her recent music in a few weeks: Music of the Beehive will include the premiere of Changing Forms in its sextet version (classical string quartet, jazz bass & tenor sax). The concert will be I hope you can join us on Tuesday, March 16th, 8pm, at Saint Peter’s Church at Citigroup. Debra states this will be a short, intermission-less concert; there will be a reception afterwards. The concert will also be given at the historic Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY, on Sunday, March 14th, 4pm. THE BEEHIVE is Lynn Bechtold and Amy Kimball, violin; Whitney La Grange, viola; Arthur Cook, cello; Frank Wagner, double bass; Javier Oviedo, saxophone; Marcia Eckert, piano; William Youmans, voice. For reservations call:  212-932-1376. Suggested Donation: $10.


Our old friend SEAN HICKEY pointed me in the direction of, a social media website created specifically for classical music. It’s another great resource for seeing what’s going on in the music world today. Check it out!


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