SCHEDULED PERFORMANCES




2/4 – Gemini Journey
Diane Block, violinist, and Terry Batts, cellist, comprise the duo Gemini Journey. Diane and Terry became friends and "musical twins" while studying at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Their collaboration has continued to this day as they develop and present scintillating arrangements of a wide array of accessible repertoire. Diane and Terry will take you on a journey through diverse musical genres, performing classic Beatles tunes "across Abbey Road," Tangos from the dance halls of Buenos Aires, a colorful Latin music set from "South of the Border," and Broadway show tunes from our very own soil. They are sure to enlighten, entertain and prove to show how the classics come alive.
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2/11 – Island Exclusive Duo
Amanda Mohr, violinist, and Michele Kishlansky, pianist, have begun studying music at an early age. Amanda has performed with various orchestras throughout NYS. She currently teaches violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano privately, and is is the CEO of Island Exclusive Entertainment, Inc. as well as the Music Director of the New Inlet Chamber Orchestra. Michele has performed both solo and chamber music in various recitals, and is an accompanist, across Long Island and New York City. She currently teaches pre-k through 5th grade music in New York City as well as maintaining a private piano studio.
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2/18 – A Lunar Year Celebration
Guzhen - Chinese Zither and Guqin - Seven String Zither: Shih-hua Judy Yeh; Xiao and Dizi - Chinese Bamboo Flutes: Yu Yuan Xu; Erhu - Chinese Violin Musician: Cheryl Chang; Yangqin - Chinese Hammered Dulcimer Musician: Jenny Yang. This celebration is brought to us by the Asian-American Cultural Circle of Unity to foster recognition and appreciation of the various cultures that live on Long Island and to promote participation in the creative and cultural arts among school children, teenagers and adults, helping to raise awareness of the fact that the arts speak a universal language that binds all of us together and establishes cultural unity.
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2/25 – Mark Valenti, Pianist
Mark Valenti received his Master of Music from Northwestern University, Bachelor of Music from the Philadelphia Musical Academy and has studied with such notable teachers as Benjamin Whitten, Zoltan Kocsis and Mary Sauer. In addition to giving solo recitals in cities throughout the U.S., Mr. Valenti has performed in France, Belgium, Hungary and Luxembourg as well as for former First Lady Barbara Bush in Washington, D.C. Mark Valenti has performed in recital live on WFMT classical radio. He has also done extensive work in the Jazz field including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster and Al Grey and has appeared on television with Joe Sudler's Swing Machine and singer/actor Christopher Durham. Formerly Professor of Music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Xavier University in Chicago and the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, Mr. Valenti currently teaches at his studio in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago and is available for lessons for all levels and all styles.
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3/4 – Canta Libre
Canta Libre was founded in 2002 by flutist Sally Shorrock to foster the performance and enjoyment of music specifically written for flute, harp, and strings. Considered experts in this ephemeral, rare style of chamber music, Canta Libre was recently featured at The American Harp Society 50th Anniversary National Conference and has appeared at Lincoln Center, on WNYC at The Green Space, The Music Festival of the Hamptons, Barge Music, Concerts at One at Trinity Church in Manhattan, WLIW TV, National Public Radio of Long Island, and The Brooklyn Public Library. The ensemble’s first CD was designated “the best new U.S. release” by BBC Music Magazine.
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3/11 – Trio Portinari
Candace Chien, piano; Nicholas Pappone, violin; Hyung Suk Bae, cello. Trio Portinari was formed in New York City in 2013 by graduates of the some of the world's top American conservatories. Since then, they are continually captivating both traditional audiences and new younger ones through innovative and fresh performances of classic works, as well as championing the best of the newest music. (Unfortunately the Café will not be open for this performance.)
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3/18 – Cross Island
Cross Island, cello, piano, violin, clarinetist Join perennial IAC favorites Suzanne Mueller, cello, and Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano - and guest clarinetist Sandy Tepper for an afternoon of duets, and trios, spanning centuries, blending well-loved favorites and new discoveries.
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3/25 – Chris Gotzenberg: Guitarist
President, Founder, and Executive Director Christopher Gotzen-Berg has been highly active as a concert guitarist and educator for over 20 years. He has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, with orchestras, and has been a guest on National Public Radio. Christopher has been on faculty at Molloy College, Dowling College, and The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. His students have been accepted to the finest programs including Florida State University, The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins.
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