American Chamber Ensemble Honored
Blanche Abram and Naomi Drucker were honored by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame for their outstanding contribution to the Island's musical heritage with the Long Island Sound Award on April 22, 2007 at Hofstra University. Read an article here.
ACE in the News
Karen Lehman, who has performed with ACE since she was in high school, is now in the Manhattan School of Music Masters in Vocal Performance program. She graduated from Hofstra University. magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in music education this past June. She will make her Weill Hall debut on March 22, 2008 with ACE, singing Willow Song from The Ballad of Baby Doe by Long Island composer Douglas Moore.
Pianist Marilyn Sherman Lehman will perform with baritone Kevin Maynor on February 3, 2008 on the Prestige Series at Adelphi University, where she is on the faculty. This Fall, at USDAN Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Huntington, she will present a Master Class for young pianists who are preparing for college auditions
Board Member and clarinetist Amy Shapiro traveled to New Orleans this past October to hear Stanley Drucker's amazing performance of the John Corigliano Clarinet Concerto with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Carlos Miguel Prieto conductor. The concert celebrated the 30th anniversary of the concerto's debut. Amy has written a 5,000 word article describing that event for International Clarinet magazine. The article, which will be published in December 2007 issue, includes interviews with the composer, conductor and soloist.
Amy, who is in the PhD program in musicology at SUNY Stony Brook, writes the outstanding program notes you have enjoyed since last season.
10th Annual American Chamber Ensemble Weill Hall Concert
On Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 3 PM, ACE will present several works from their first Weill Hall concert ten years ago, including Douglas Moore's Quintet for clarinet and string quartet and Virgil Thomson's Five Portraits for Four Clarinets, with guest artist Stanley Drucker. As part of ACE's mission to present Long Island composers, Marga Richter's Fandango for clarinet, violin, cello and piano will be performed.
October 21 Concert - Three Long
In its October 21 program Music Old and New, ACE will present Dorothy Parker's Songs of Love by Chandler Carter, performed by soprano Donna Balson and pianist Marilyn Sherman Lehman. Composer and performers are all Hofstra Faculty members.
This concert will also feature the World Premiere of Herbert A. Deutsch's All Night for soprano, violin, clarinet and piano, written for ACE, as well as Marga Richter's Fandango for clarinet, violin, cello and piano.
American Clarinet Treasures,
In a continuing journey to record American composers, ACE looked back to the Society for the Publication of American Music, a non-profit organization founded in 1919 for the publication of contemporary American chamber music. ACE will record the Sonatas for clarinet and piano by Daniel Gregory Mason (1919-20), Edward Burlingame Hill (1926-27) and Leo Sowerby (1942-43).
We turn to our loyal ACE supporters in requesting an additional contribution toward this valuable project. Whatever the amount of your contribution, the American Chamber Ensemble family of musicians sends its collective thank you for all of your years of wonderful support.
The Travelers -
ACE Core Members
Around the World
Blanche and Irving Abram, with Board members Harold and Eleanor Berger, traveled to St. Petersburg and Moscow this past Summer.
Marilyn and Peter Lehman toured Italy by car.
Naomi and Stanley Drucker cruised on their boat Noni for 30 days, docking in Greenport, Block Island, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Provincetown and Newport.
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