Freeport Community Concert Association

Recent Concerts

2016-17

September 10 – Frank Vignola TrioWorld-renowned guitarist extraordinaire Frank Vignola (who has toured with Les Paul, among many other musical luminaries) was accompanied by guitarist Vinny Raniolo and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi, and performed a memorable evening of Jazz, Blues, and a splash of humorous banter. This performance was sponsored in part by New York Community Bank.

December 10  – Jeffrey Biegel: Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Biegel has traveled the world, entertaining audiences with his fleet fingers and enlightening commentary. He brings his award-winning talent to the FCCA stage as he shares  Bach, Mozart and Liszt as you've never heard them before. An extra-special treat: Mr. Biegel will be joined by guest musicians to perform Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano. Sponsored in part by New York Community Bank 

March 11 - Listen Closely Inwood Chamber Music Initiative: Five young, vibrant, talented musicians from this unique Chamber Music Initiative will present a glorious program of string and piano quartets and quintets by Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann and Dvorak. Sponsored in part by New York Community Bank 

May 6 - Paragon Ragtime Orchestra: FCCA favorite, Paragon returned to share an evening of American music. Under the magic baton of founder and conductor Rick Benjamin, PRO regaled us with a century of delightful music, in a program entitled “Irving Berlin and the Kings of Ragtime.”

June 3 – John-Morgan Bush: French Horn soloist accompanied by Juliana Han on pianoSelections were played by the Freeport High School Wind Ensemble followed by talented concert artist and educator, Mr. Bush brought us a delightful blend of classical and modern favorites. This was a special family concert for FCCA subscribers & Freeport School and other local district families. Sponsored in part by a generous donation from Greenfield Industries.

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2015-16

09-05 – Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem – a world-renowned success story with a rich history (1968-2007). This is the elite Adult Choir continuing the high quality vocal and artistic legacy of the BGCH, and performed spectacular performances ranging from classical, gospel, popular, inspirational, jazz, and R&B music.

This performance was sponsored in part by the NYSCA Grants for the Arts, administered by the Huntington Arts Council and also by a subsidy from NYCB/Roslyn Savings Bank.


11-07 – Voxare String Quartet – As one of the most acclaimed young string quartets in the U.S., Voxare has performed at Avery Fisher Hall with the NY Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Guggenheim Museum and Lincoln Center, and has drawn critical praise for their inventive programming, technical prowess and passionate performance. The Quartet played recently compostions by Fairouz and Vrebalov and closed the evening with Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 2.


12-05 – Irish Humor and Music Special (2 performances!) – A Couple of Blaguards: This 2-man comedy characterized with unparalleled Irish humor the real-life experiences of Frank and Malachy McCourt. Aoife Clancy and Flynn Cohen: Singer/musician Aoife Clancy continues the proud tradition of her father, Bobby of the legendary Clancy Brothers. She teams with her side-musician Flynn Cohen, guitarist and mandolin player, who has recorded along with many of Irish ethnic and American folk’s top performers. This concert was sponsored in part by a generous donation from Roslyn Savings Bank / New York Community Bank.


04-02 – The Klezmatics – Any discussion of the premier Klezmer bands in the world today has to include The Klezmatics. Klezmer, the music of old country Eastern Europe, particularly Ashkenazi roving musicians, will loom larger than life on the stage of our Freeport auditorium. This concert was sponsored, in part, by a generous donation from Greenfield Industries.

05-21 – Northwinds Symphonic Band – The NSB, directed by Helen Bauer, draws large and enthusiastic audiences across the Island, performing a varied repertoire of marches, Broadway and movie themes, 20th century favorites and new releases.

06-18 – Trio Céleste – One of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles in the country. A highly virtuosic and exciting collection of works from Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorak were performed.

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2014-15

09-20 – Amphion String Quartet – Winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Amphion has been hailed for its precision assertiveness and vigor (NY Times), its gripping intensity and suspenseful virtuoso playing (San Francisco Classical Voice) and has been featured on WQXR. Selections from Haydn, Barber and Dvorak were performed. This concert was sponsored in part by a generous donation from Roslyn Savings Bank / New York Community Bank

10-18 – Jazz Potpourri – A jazz lover's delight, this concert will feature acclaimed jazz virtuoso Wycliffe Gordon and his ensemble in a program of great Jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, Swinging Be-Bop and beautiful ballads. This concert was sponsored in part by a generous donation from Roslyn Savings Bank / New York Community Bank

11-15 – Wincenc and Cognet – Carole Wincenc, one of today's international stars of the flute, who has appeared as solist for major orchestras around the world, teams with pianist Matthieu Cognet who has appeared throughout Canada, the US., Europe and Asia as accompanist, soloist and chamber musician. They will bring a rich presentation of varied musical genres, playing selections from Bach, Ravel and Debussey.

12-06 – Solid Brass – Considered to be one of the premiere brass ensembles in America, Solid Brass performed a varied concert from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras, to music of the Sixties as well as seasonal favorites. This concert was sponsored in part by a generous donation from Roslyn Savings Bank / New York Community Bank.

01-24 – Manchester Music Festival presented four of its best for an evening of chamber music. The program offered the elegance, constancy and vitality of Mozart in his piano quartet in E Flat Major. The impassioned longing and rich voice of Chopin through the Sonata for cello and piano and the epic, symphonically-scaled quartet in g minor by Brahms with its show-stopping Gypsy rondo last movement.This concert was sponsored in part by a generous donation from Roslyn Savings Bank / New York Community Bank.

04-25 – Jingyi Zhang – international award-winning pianist Jingyi Zhang played selections from BeethovenLiszt and Chopin. The concert also included guest pianist Joseph Hauer accompanying Ms. Zhang in a riveting selection for four-hand piano: Brahms's "Hungarian Dances." This concert was sponsored in part by a generous donation from Roslyn Savings Bank / New York Community Bank.

06-13 – Blue Vipers of Brooklyn – The Vipers' witty songs and music from the 1920s and 30s, New Orleans and Dixieland, classic blues, R&B and Western swing are augmented by original tunes in four part harmony along with a side of colorful swing dance.

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2013-14
09-28 – Manchester Chamber Orchestra – Conducted by Ariel Rudiakov, the MCO brings the world premiere of Adam Neiman's Fantasy for Piano and String Orchestra. Mr. Neiman is the youngest winner of the Gilmore Young Artist Award, having performed to critical acclaim across the globe.

10-26 – Jeffrey Biegel Piano Recital – One of today's most respected pianists, he has dedicated himse!f to commissioning new works by the finest composers of all genres and a recording legacy off works from Bach to the present day. Our concert is expected to include Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Strauss, Paderewski, Moszkowski and Bortkiewicz.

11-16 – MOTÝL Chamber Ensemble – Award winning dynamic young artists, presented music written by composers who were victims of the Holocaust.

04-12 – Beowulf Consort  – “From Europe to America" offers a bouquet of delightful musical treasures from the Renaissance to thepresent, with well-known opera arias as well as popular favorites from the Great American Songbook. With contralto Hanne Ladefoged-Dollase, violist Frank Foerster and harpist Susan Jolles.

05-03 – An Evening with Groucho with Frank Ferrante – Americas foremost Groucho Marx impersonator. Mr. Ferrante, will regale the FCCAaudience with Groucho'outrageous antics, humor and song. On our full-set performance stage, Mr. Ferrante will engage the audience, sometimes interactively. Not to be missed! This presentation was made possible by a generous donation from Roslyn Savings Bank/ New York Community Bank.

06-07 – Mystic India- The World Tour –  Based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India, the show featured brilliant artists, opulent costumes, and stunning visual effects. The vibrant costumes and elaborate sets were custom designed in Mumbai for this touring production.

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2012-13

09-15 – David Burgess - Latin/Classical Guitarist, Mr. Burgess has performed solo recitals to critical acclaim throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East. He was first prize winner in the Andrés Segovia Fellowship Competition in New York City and received top honors in the Ponce International Competition in Mexico City, the Guitar Competition in Toronto and the 31st International Music Competition in Munich. 

10-20 – Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company -  This six-person ensemble was established to ensure that the works of Paul Taylor could be seen by audiences around the world. Critics and audiences cheer as the Taylor 2 introduces the athleticism, humor and range of emotions found in Mr. Taylor’s work. 

11- 24 – Jun Luke Foster - An extraordinary young classical pianist, Jun Luke Foster was a first prize winner in the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition in 2010. At his performance of Beethoven’s 5th with the Hudson River Philharmonic, the Times-Herald Record wrote that “his fluid, flawless solo playing was justly rewarded with a rousing multiple ovation.” Mr. Foster will be performing compositions from Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

02-09 – Quartet San Francisco – Three-time Grammy nominees and winner of the 2004 International Tango Competition, this high-powered chamber ensemble brings classical repertoire, jazz and Latin together in a great stew of crossover music.  This performance was  generously sponsored in part by Roslyn Savings Bank/New York Community Bank.

03-09 – Borealis Wind Quintet – Nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award in the Chamber Music Category, Borealis is acclaimed as one of America’s preeminent classical chamber ensembles. NY Times’ Joseph Horowitz exclaimed: “lively communicative readings...the performance was a scintillating one.”

06-01 – Fabulous Fanny: The Songs & Stories of Fanny Brice" – Kimberly Faye Greenberg has created the entertaining and rousing new "Fanny Brice" solo show that gives the audience a much more personal look at one of the legendary characters in New York entertainment history. Vivacious story telling, a natural comic style, impressive tap technique a big vocal range and over 15 of Fanny Brice's hit songs will leave you humming and full of appreciation for this "funny girl."

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2011-12

09-24 – Old Bethpage Brass Band - Director Kirby Jolly and the OBBB, dressed in Civil War frocks re-created the stirring sight and sounds of a mid-nineteenth century American brass band.

10-22 – Christine Kwak, violin recital – recognized as a child prodigy, Ms. Kwak had already made her debut at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall and Alice Tully Hall by the age of 11. Ms. Kwak's recital will include a piano accompanist.

12-03 – Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble – draws from a repertoire of more than 45 traditional dances representing the various regions of the Ukraine. From vibrant, acrobatic dances such as Hopak – called the most exciting folk dance in the world, to graceful, stylized romantic movements in Kokhanochka, the ensemble displays a style that is clearly native to Ukrainian dancing, yet classical enough to be appreciated by all.

01-12 – Calmus Vocal Ensemble – A program of international choral music bridging early German, English, Spanish and modern selections including selections from Sting, Michael Jackson, Eric Idle and Bobby McFerrin...something for everyone.

04-28 – Paragon Ragtime Orchestra – “Princes of Comedy” silent film program – Films of Chaplin, Keaton & Lloyd with the original scores performed live by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, with spoken introductions by director/conductor Rick Benjamin. 

05-12 – Attacca Quartet – winner of the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006, the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet has become one of America's premier young performing ensembles. They will perform Dvorak’s beautiful “American Quartet.”

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2010-11

09-25 – Manchester Chamber Orchestra (Orchestra consisting of specially invited alumni from the Manchester Music Festival’s summer program, performing Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia no. 10 with special guests Adam Neiman, piano, and Tom Bergeron, trumpet as well as Shostakovich's piano concerto no.1, and an arrangement of Beethoven’s Op. 59 no.3)

10-30 Carducci Quartet (Recognized as one of today’s most exciting young string quartets. Winners of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, they have established an enthusiastic international following and has gained an enviable reputation for their performances of contemporary works. They performed selections from Mozart, Mendelssohn and Philip Glass.

11-20 – Counterpoint (A cappella ensemble dedicated to promoting choral chamber music and giving the public the opportunity to hear rarely performed works, unique arrangements and the work of contemporary composers. They performed "Four Centuries of Song," that included madrigals that are hundreds of years old, selections from composer Franz Haydn, choral dances from "Gloriana," folk songs from Latin America, Eastern European Jewish songs and African-American spirituals.

12-18 – Empire Brass (North America's finest brass quintet, renowned for its brilliant virtuosity and the unparalleled diversity of its repertoire)

02-05 – Fred Garbo's Inflatable Theatre (The duo of Fred Garbo and Brazilian ballerina Daielma Santos transcend barriers of age and language in a seamless program that includes physical comedy, dance, juggling, and most importantly, their own creative inventions that INFLATE!)

03-12 – Emma Tahmiziàn, winner of the Van Cliburn and Schumann International piano competitions, performed her program Dancing through Time” which took the audience on a more than three centuries-long journey, from Bach to Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Dvorăk, Ravel, and Piazzolla. 

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2009-10

09/26 – Orchestra Celebrate! (Beethoven symphonies and lesser-known orchestral repertoire from around the world.)

10/17 – Amstel Quartet (High energy saxophone quartet playing both traditional works and contemporary compositions.)

11/14 –
Anastasia Khitruk, Grammy nominated violinist (A variety of chamber pieces including Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Ms. Khitruk was accompanied by pianist Sergei Babayan.)

12/05 – Klezmer and All That Jazz (
beautiful snaking Klezmer melodies from the old country and an assortment of European and Eastern European folk favorites with a touch of jazz.)

02-06 – Jacqueline Noparstak, Soprano (a glorious evening of art songs, arias, duets and a splash of Broadway joined by mezzo-soprano Sonia Gariaeff and pianist LeAnn Overtion.

04-24 – Cuartetango (The romance of the Tango is brought to Freeport by director Leonardo Suarez Paz in a passionate expression of tango art incorporating dancers and musicians.)

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2008
01/19Opera to Opry (Angela Simpson and Shannon McNally - former FHS graduates performing Opera and Country)
 
03/01Michi Wiancko (Master violinist playing Beethoven, country fiddle, gypsy violin and freestyle improvisation)

09/13Chris Brubeck's Triple Play (varied repertoire of Jazz, Folk and Blues)

10/25Thomas Tirino (Master pianist performing selections form Mozart, Chopin, Liszt and Lecuona)

11/01Manchester Chamber Orchestra (17 piece orchestra playing selections from Haydn, Tchaikowsky and Elgar)

12/06Eaken Trio (violin, piano, cello trio playing their famous "Home for the Holidays" program)

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2007
01/20St. Petersberg Ballet (mixes Russian tradition and Classical Ballet)

02/10Portland String Quartet (Playing works by Mozart and Schubert)

05/05Galliard Brass (Playing works by Bach, Wagner, Rogers & Hammerstein, play from Baroque period to modern day)

09/15Scarborough Trio (Virtuoso players of the Flute, Bassoon, Piano)

10/13Chinese Performing Artists of America  ("Dances of China," Journey of 5,000 years)

11/17The Frank & Joe Show (Six-piece band playing swing-era standards, jazzy variations of classical music, Latin tunes)

12/01Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra (Playing works by Vivaldi, Bach and Giannini)







02/28 – Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (10-piece orchestra comprised of Juilliard graduates playing turn-of-the-century favorites. Lots of Joplin)


03/14 – Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble (
Traditional Bluegrass music and dance from southern Appalachia; also step dancing from England, Ireland, and Scotland)