A Little Sunday Music
sponsored by Friends of the Library

Flight-themed vocal recital opens music series

Soprano Margaret Lampasi and pianist Michael Clement open the 2015-16 season of "A Little Sunday Music" at Bethlehem Public Library on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. with a vocal recital titled "On Wings." They will be exploring flight experiences – both real and imagined – through works by American composers, as well as songs with a sense of humor. Expect to hear a variety of music from Hundley, Duke, Sondheim, Mendelssohn, Brahms and many more.

Margaret Lampasi has been an opera and oratorio soloist with many orchestras in the Northeast, including the Great Woods Festival Orchestra, the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, the New Bedford Symphony, and the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra. She is currently on the voice faculty at the College of Saint Rose.

She is joined by Michael Clement, who was the pianist for the Tucson Symphony, assistant conductor for Long Beach Opera and director of the Opera Workshop at California State University for Long Beach. He is staff accompanist for Skidmore College and the College of Saint Rose and serves on the musical staff of Lake George Opera.

Sunday Music continues with The Capital City String Quartet and guest soloist Tom Gerbino on clarinet

The 2015-16 season of "A Little Sunday Music" at Bethlehem Public Library continues on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. with a performance by The Capital City String Quartet, featuring Leo Milman, first violin, Susan Kowalski, second violin, Natasha Milman, viola, and Will Hayes, cello, with guest soloist Tom Gerbino on clarinet. Performers will play Brahms and Mozart compositions for a clarinet quintet.

Will Hayes is a Cincinnati Conservatory of Music graduate and past student artist at Chautauqua Institution, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has appeared in concerts with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy living legend Rod Stewart, Johnny Mathis, Eileen Ivers of Riverdance fame, and has held numerous positions in orchestras across the United States, including the Middletown Symphony in Ohio; Richmond Symphony in Indiana; Lawton Philharmonic and Enid Symphony in Oklahoma; Wyoming Symphony; Las Cruces Symphony in New Mexico; and the Schenectady Symphony. He has entertained audiences as featured soloist with several orchestras, as well as perennially on the Warren Festival of the Arts in Warren, Pa., since its inception more than 30 years ago.

Library music series features The River Trio

Bethlehem Public Library’s winter concert series “A Little Sunday Music” continues its 2015-16 season Sunday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. with a performance by The River Trio: flutist Pamela Sklar, violinist Linda Finegan Lott, and cellist Jay Shulman.

Flutist Pamela Sklar has worked repeatedly with Dave Brubeck and Pulitzer Prize-winner Karel Husa. With Alan Hovhaness she was a featured performer in a program of the composer's works at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She performs for various groups at Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Madison Square Garden, and has played in the JVC Jazz Festival Orchestra. at Carnegie Hall. Pamela performed twice for The Grammy Awards Orchestra (Gil Shaham and Aretha Franklin, respectively); The Songwriter's Hall of Fame Awards and can be heard on dozens of recordings for artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Tony Bennett, Harry Connick, Jr and Chaka Khan.
For many seasons, she performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, in Paris and Marraakesh as solo flutist with Claude Bolling, appearing also with jazz greats Hubert Laws and Jack Wilkins.

Linda Finegan Lott attended Indiana University, where she received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance, and West Virginia University, where she was the First Violin of the Graduate String Quartet and Concertmaster of the orchestra and received her Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance. After graduating, she came home to the greater New York area and began teaching violin and freelancing. Some of the highlights of Linda's performing career are doing all of the Verdi operas in Central Park, playing in Broadway shows, playing in the orchestra for the Olympics in Seoul, Korea, and doing many orchestra concerts in Carnegie Hall.

Jay Shulman is a cellist with the Long Island Philharmonic. He is also a cellist with the River Ensemble. He has made recordings with the Bronx Arts Ensemble and performs on the soundtrack of the PBS documentary Josef and Anni Albers. He has produced CD reissues of the Stuyvesant String Quartet and the music of his late father, composer and cellist Alan Shulman. He attended Syracuse University and Colby College, and studied with Frederick Miller and the Hungarian String Quartet. He teaches and performs throughout the Hudson Valley.

Music series concludes with floral-themed recital

Bethlehem Public Library’s winter concert series "A Little Sunday Music" wraps up its 2015-16 season Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. with a recital by soprano Bien Baez, accompanied by pianist Michael Clement. The performance, titled "A Bouquet of Song," brings together a selection of art songs, arias and popular music with a floral theme.

Baez has been a chorister at Glimmerglass Opera and with what is now known as Opera Saratoga. She is also a frequent recitalist in the Capital District, and serves as choir member and soloist at Emmanuel Baptist Church. She studies voice with noted singing coach and accompanist Michael Clement, who will accompany her in this program.

Clement is well known in the Capital District as a pianist and teacher. A former assistant conductor of the Long Beach Opera in California and director of the Opera Workshop at CSU Long Beach, he is staff accompanist for Skidmore College and the College of Saint Rose and serves on the musical staff of Lake George Opera.

A Little Sunday Music is generously underwritten by Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.

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