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Date: Jun 26, 2013
Hofstra Student and Faculty Talent Featured at July’s Oyster Bay Music Festival
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY … A talented contingent of Hofstra students and faculty will participate in the second edition of the Oyster Bay Music Festival, a week long intensive musical immersion for aspiring performers that will take place amid a busy schedule of free, public performances. The Festival, planned for July 7-14, 2013, features the talents of 28 high-level, classically trained musicians, ranging in age from 10-22, hailing from communities throughout Long Island and greater New York.
All participating students have the opportunity to train with expert faculty, rehearsing solo and chamber music, and taking seminars on audition preparation, performance psychology, body awareness, and performance presentation. What distinguishes this Festival from other programs like it is that the students spend part of each day performing for live audiences. The festival has scheduled 13 public events during the week, at a variety of venues, as well as six programs at senior centers and several “pop-up” concerts in the village.
Participating Hofstra students include Marilyn Oliver of Skaneateles, NY; Ian O'Malley of Washingtonville, NY; Sophia Strawser from Lancaster, PA; Elizabeth Sarian of Plainview, NY; and Stephanie Weiss of Levittown, NY; and Hofstra faculty members Tammy Hensrud, Christopher Morrongiello, and Alexander Sharpe. One of the co-directors of the festival is soprano Sarah Adams Hoover, Hofstra adjunct assistant professor of music.
Classical music will appear in unexpected places over the course of the week, including:
• Tuesday, July 9, noon, Hofstra Professors Hensrud (soprano), Morrongiello (lute) and Sharpe (violin) will perform “Bow, Pluck & Sing” at Christ Church, 61 East Main Street, followed by an open master class at 1 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 9, 6-9 p.m., there will be a concert titled “Vintage Cars, Vintage Music,” as part of Oyster Bay’s famed Cruise Night, at 20th Century Cycles, 101 Aubrey Avenue.
• Friday, July 12, 6-9 p.m., will feature “Bavarian Musical Works: Bach, Beethoven, Brats and Beer with BMW” at BMW Oyster Bay, 145 Pine Hollow Road. Steinway & Sons has donated a grand piano for this occasion, transforming the swanky dealership into an unusual concert hall for exceptional classical music. BMW has also donated an open reception.
• Saturday, July 13, 4-6 p.m., is a concert “Clarinets, Clavichords and…Cucumbers?” featuring a “vegetable orchestra” workshop with Dale Stuckenbruck at Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street. This is an interactive concert that tastes good too! Just remember to follow the “beet.”
Some themed programs in more traditional venues are:
Monday, July 8
5 p.m. “Global Music, Local Flavor: European Classical Music and Long Island Literature” at Oyster Bay Historical Society. Classical music masterpieces will be paired with readings from notable Long Island poets and novelists. (This performance features Hofstra students Ian O’Malley and Elizabeth Sarian.)
8 p.m. Festival Concert at Christ Church (featuring Hofstra students Sophia Strawser and Stephanie Weiss).
Wednesday, July 10
5 p.m. “Valentines and Romantics” at Raynham Hall Museum.
8 p.m. “Premiering Tonight: Musical Premieres Then and Now” featuring Long Island composer James Cohn at Christ Church.
Sunday, July 14
4 p.m. “Fireworks and Revolutions,” a Bastille Day celebration at Christ Church, 61 East Main Street.
An up-to-date schedule of festival events is listed at www.oysterbaymusicfestival.com.
All concerts are free and open to the public. Support is provided in part by Steinway & Sons, The Joel Foundation, the D’Addario Community Music Appreciation Initiative, and the Bullock Horizon Fund.
Co-directing the festival with Professor Sarah Hoover are Lauren Ausubel (flute) and Pippa Borisy (piano). Guest faculty include Alla Bell (accompanist), Brian Fox (violin), Karina Glasinovic (vocal coach/accompanist), and Vadim Lando (clarinet, chamber music coach).
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 11,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.
Related Link: More About the Oyster Bay Music Festival