The Harlem Chamber Players String Quartet graced our stage on Oct. 16, 2022 and played two outreach concerts the next day at Woodbury Jr/Sr High School and Rowan College of South Jersey/Deptford. Their music was lively and appreciated by our patrons and students. One of the HS students said the music was not what she expected, but she enjoyed it a lot. Local musicians Lourin Plant and Douglas Mapp added so much to the whole musical experience. Thanks for your energy and musicianship, group.
In a wonderful coincidence, we have a woman pianist who champions composer Florence Price and has programmed Price and her student Margaret Bonds plus the iconic composer Clara Schumann on March 13 during Women's History Month. To continue the connections, Clara and Robert Schumann were mentors and friends of Brahms, whose music is also on the program. And Chopin (Ballad 3 is on program) was a contemporary of the Schumanns.
Here are a few more interesting facts to know. Thank you to our Rowan Music Industry intern Xavion Collier for researching Ms. Cann for this email.
Meet our team of digital marketing students from Université d'Angers, France: Lea, Malvina (Team Leader), Robin, Axel. These Masters students were assigned to us by Google Ad Grants Nonprofit Marketing Immersion to assist in improving our website ranking. We met virtually and they have issued a 16 page report assessing website and suggesting changes. If you notice any improvements, they deserve the credit. This is our farthest-flung partnership and it is fun to work with bright students who understand digital marketing.
We had a wonderful sold out concert by Dolce Suono Trio on Sunday, Nov. 7. Many in attendance made some nice comments about the energy, variety, and excellent musicianship of Mimi Stillman, Gabriel Cabezas, and Charlie Abramovic. If you want to add your voice, please comment here or email your comments about the concert for our website comments page.
Dolce Suono Trio was a real record-setter for our Facebook posts, logging over 2000 reactions. The single largest post got 1100 views and contained a news video about local music prodigies, including 12 year old Mimi.
Thank you to subscribers and patrons who purchased tickets for this concert. How do you like the Livestream option? Even when you can't attend in person, you can still experience the concert. ProAudio engineers Frank and Bill have solved the technical problems of Livestreaming from our venue with a high quality video.
Thank you to volunteers Mary and Gloria who served lunch to the performers and Ann who helped out at front entrance.
Our intern from Rowan University, Xavion Collier, was busy getting audience comments on video afterwards for our Facebook page. Thank you to patrons who agreed to comment. Check out Xavion's video of performer comments below.
Fall concerts are "falling into place." Tickets will go on sale in mid August.
We have moved onto a new Ticket/Donor/Communication system - Network for Good. Things will look different, but the good news is that our business will run smoother.
Spring concert tickets will go on sale in January.
The Escher Quartet concert at the Music Barn on Oct. 18 was a resounding success. The musicians stated that this was their first live performance during the pandemic and it felt so good to play for people and see real-time reaction and appreciation. They had just returned from a live-stream event in Massachusetts on Saturday night and the contrast between live-stream and live audience was enormous. The Beethoven and Debussy string quartets brought us back to the sublime experiences we have all been missing.
We had an audience of about 145, including MaBH regulars, Music Barn regulars, and some first-timers. With all of the masks, it was a little hard to recognize our patrons. There was plenty of room to spread out and the weather was exactly right for the concert.
Music Barn owner Jake Heil and his team made the event a pleasure for us all. Sound tech Tanner Freeman found just the right balance to amplify the quartet beyond the covered pavilion. Subscriber and volunteer Mary Tortorici assisted in checking in patrons at ticket table.
Enjoy some of the photos from the event below. Click photo for caption. You can refer to the program and Escher Quartet bio here.
Stay tuned for more outdoor events in the spring and summer.
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