Edward Thomas – Ode to Madrid
The critically-acclaimed American Chamber Ensemble, celebrating its 57th Anniversary, has announced its Gala Music Party and 2022-2023 concert season. These concerts will be multi-media presentations, including art, video and other media, making for an immersive experience, introducing the concertgoer to a different way to experience the performances.
Sunday, September 18, 2022 // 3:00 p.m.
ACE will present its Annual Music Party concert and fundraiser at Hofstra University’s Helene Fortunoff Theater in Monroe Lecture Center on California Avenue in Hempstead, NY.
The event will celebrate the life of founding ACE Co-Director Blanche Abram. ACE Director Marilyn Lehman said this about her. “Blanche’s spirit, love of performing and collaborating, inspirational teaching and mentorship are just a few of the things that we continue to cherish. She was a beloved teacher at Hofstra for over 50 years and her legacy will live on through the hundreds of students whose lives she touched. Rest in Peace, our beloved, Blanche. We will miss you beyond words.”
The program of informal music-making that previews the upcoming season, will include guests Pat Spencer, flute and Tammy Hensrud, soprano, who will join pianist and ACE Director Marilyn Lehman, along with violinists Deborah Wong and Eriko Sato, violist Lois Martin, cellist Chris Finckel, and clarinetist and Assistant ACE Director Mindy Dragovich.
Tickets:Admission to the event is by contribution as an Angel, Benefactor, Sponsor or Friend. For category information, benefits and fundraiser reservations, please visit americanchamberensemble.
Sunday,October 30, 2022 // 3:00 p.m.
The Music Department of Hofstra University presents ACE performing Exploring the Human Spirit – Part 1 at Helene Fortunoff Theater in Monroe Lecture Center on California Avenue in Hempstead, NY.
Composers to be performed include Natalie Hunt, Shostakovich, Bernard Crussell, Mendelssohn and Mark Sherman.
Performers will include violinists Eriko Sato and Deborah Wong, violist Lois Martin, cellist Chris Finckel, pianist Marilyn Lehman, clarinetist Mindy Dragovich and special guest percussionist James Dragovich. Very Special Guest will be ACE Award Winner, pianist John Paul West.
Tickets: 20 general admission; $15 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID. Tickets at the door, or for reservations, call 631-242-5684 or 516-586-3433.
Sunday, March 12, 2023 // 3:00 p.m.
The Music Department of Hofstra University again presents ACE performing Exploring the Human Spirit – Part 2 at the Fortunoff Theater in Monroe Lecture Center on California Ave. in Hempstead.
ACE will pay tribute to two musical icons, Stanley Drucker, legendary clarinetist and frequent guest artist with the American Chamber Ensemble and Herbert Deutsch, co-developer of the Moog synthesizer and beloved former professor and chair of the Hofstra music department.
Composers to be performed include Clara and Robert Schumann, Haydn, Glinka, Wilson. Gershwin and Deutsch.
Performers will include violinists Eriko Sato and Deborah Wong, violist Lois Martin, cellist Chris Finckel, pianist Marilyn Lehman and clarinetist Mindy Dragovich. Very special guests will be soprano Tammy Hensrud and percussionist James Dragovich.
Additional concerts may be announced during the season.