Each November the Bard College Conservatory of Music sends Saugerties Pro Musica some of their most talented musicians to perform.
This year, the Ludwig Duo, made up of Pianist Erica Allen and Cellist Chang Pan, will be our featured performers. One is a second-year student in the Advanced Performance Studies program of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, the other teaches in the music program. Both have performed extensively on the world stage to favorable reviews. Please join us on Sunday, November 19th, 2017, at 3 p.m. in the Saugerties United Methodist Church. A”meet the artists” reception with refreshments will follow the performance.
Pianist Erika Allen a native of Blue Hill, Maine, received her master’s degree in collaborative piano at Juilliard. In 2008, she completed a master’s degree in solo piano performance at New England Conservatory, under the tutelage of Vivian Weilerstein. She received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory where she won the school’s 2006 Mozart Piano Concerto Competition. An avid chamber musician and collaborator, Allen has performed with numerous artists including violinist Ray Chen, violist Peter Barsony, and members of the Cassatt Quartet. She has served as an accompanist for the Bowdoin Music Festival, Juilliard, New England Conservatory, and Boston Conservatory choirs. In past summers, she has attended Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Banff, Eastern Music Festival, and Bowdoin International Music Festival. Allen was a Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Bard Conservatory of Music from 2011-13, and now teaches in the Music Program at Bard.
Cellist Chang Pan, a second-year student in the Advanced Performance Studies program of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, has appeared as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout Asia, Europe and U.S. Of his Carnegie Hall concert in 2016 the New York Concert Review said, “The principal virtue of Chang Pan’s playing is his extreme absorption in the music; he has a rapt, intense look, as one who is communing directly with the mysterious source ‘out there’ that sustains and inspires true artists—and he possesses the technical ease to bring that inspiration into his instrument and project it to the listener. His bow arm, intonation, and the variety of colors he obtains from the cello are all sublime.”
Their program includes Beethoven’s 7 Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’ plus Schubert’s Sonata for Cello & Piano in A minor (the “Arpeggione Sonata”) and Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro Op.70 in A Flat Major
There is no concert in December. Our season resumes in 2018 when the Strawberry Hill Fiddlers return to start the New Year with a blast on January 21st, Saugerties’ own, tenor Thomas Leighton, comes home on February 18th, Yalin Chi returns on March 18th, Iva Bittova & Tony Fajt make a rare appearance on April 15th, and we close our 22nd season with the cello ensemble of Ani Kalayjian and Friends on May 20th .
Saugerties Pro Musica concerts are quality musical performances by world-class musicians in a comfortable, intimate setting, and at very affordable prices. Concert times are 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons at the United Methodist Church, on the corners of Washington Avenue (#67) and Post Street in Saugerties. Adults $15 and Seniors $12. Students are always free. Call 845-679-5733, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or visit our website for the most up to date programming schedule: http://www.saugertiespromusica.org