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Concerts are co-sponsored by Music for Youth, Inc. and Pequot Library. Music for Youth is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of bringing classical music, professionally performed, into the lives of young people in Fairfield County. This mission is realized each season with a series of Free Young Persons' Concerts.
Marianne Liberatore, 1928 - 2012. It is with real sadness that Pequot Library notes the passing of Marianne Liberatore. She was an incredibly effective driving force for classical music in Southern Connecticut. In 1995, she established the Free Young Persons’ Concert Series at Pequot Library. After 17 seasons, this is still the most successful concert series for young people in the tri-state area. In addition, Music for Youth has been sponsoring musicians to work in residency with deserving students in area schools since 1995, focusing particularly in the last eight years on under-served young people in the Bridgeport school system. Marianne and Music for Youth also established an annual college scholarship for graduates of the Fairfield public schools who continue their musical studies beyond high school. All of these programs begun under Marianne’s leadership will continue into the future, a lasting tribute to her years of hard work and dedication to the arts in Fairfield County.
2012-2013 Concert Season:
Our season opens with an encore of the extraordinary concert given last Spring by pianist Eugene Sirotkine and friends. Based on the sequence Trio-Quartet-Quintet and introduced by a pair of preludes and fugues, it offered lesser known treasures of chamber music. This season, their program includes Beethoven’s last piano trio, Schubert’s exquisite movement for an unfinished string quartet and Brahms’s monumental quintet, one of the greatest masterpieces in all chamber music.
The Sebastian Players are now familiar to the Friends of Music. Their concert in April explored the origins of the Classical symphony and featured a concerto for clarinet. This season Sebastian brings a new exploration of the Classical symphony, this time with Mozart’s clarinet concerto and one of his finest symphonies. These works will be re-discovered in our concert as they will be played on the instru-ments used in Mozart’s orchestras. The ensemble will include pairs of flutes, oboes, bassoons and natural horns plus strings and harpsichord.
Eugene Sirotkine returns for our third concert, this time as conductor of a choral and instrumental ensemble with outstanding soloists to present a program of music written for the English theatre. The music is by Henry Purcell, the most important of all English composers, and lyrics by his contemporaries including Dryden, Blow, Tate and D’Urfey. This will be a magical concert of delightful music, sometimes saucy, sometimes deeply emotional, always beautiful.
The fourth concert of the season will present vocal and instrumental music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries. Performed by the ensemble TENET.
Supporting the Friends of Music:
Donations in support of the Friends of Music will underwrite the cost of the concerts, and we are offering three levels of giving this year:
To recognize your support, we will list the names of the Friends of Music in the program for each concert of the 2012-13 season (unless you prefer to remain anonymous).
Location and Pricing:
Westport Arts Center
The Westport Arts Center and Pequot Library share a long history of jointly sponsored jazz concerts known as “Jazz to the Max.” This tradition continues with a current jazz series as well as a new chamber music series. The 2010/2011 season introduced the chamber music series which continues this season with three outstanding musicians, Frederick Chiu and Andrew Russo playing dual pianos, and Narek Arutyunian on clarinet. Please see below for more information.
October 21, 2012 3 - 5 pm