The Bayard Cutting Arboretum is hosting the Islip Arts Council’s concert series.
The concerts will be held in the Carriage House on Sundays at 2:00pm starting February 5th . There is limited seating, and free tickets are issued at 12:30 on a first come basis. For more information call 631-224-5420.
The Manor House and Café closes from February 13th and will open March 4th.
The Arboretum remains open for your enjoyment during this time.
2/5 – 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.
2/12 – Kaplan Duo
The Kaplan Duo delights audiences wherever they play. They bring to the rich four-hand repertoire a unique blend of individual virtuosity and exciting interpretations. Their repertoire includes traditional well-known favorites such as Gershwin’s ”Rhapsody in Blue,” and Dvorak’s ”Slavonic Dances,” as well as lesser known treasures and contemporary works. The Kaplan Duo has performed at many Long Island venues and appeared in concert series at universities and music schools on the East Coast. They appeared at the Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, under the auspices of the International Alliance for Women in Music, and performed at the College Music Society conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2/19 – Serenade Duo
Multi-award winning ensemble Serenade Duo featuring Michelle LaPorte, flutist and Gerry Saulter, guitarist has performed for audiences throughout the United States and Europe in such magnificent venues as the American Church in Paris, the United States and New Zealand Embassies in Paris, International School of Paris, American Cathedral in Paris, St. Lawrence Jewry / Guild Hall in London, St. John’s Church in Stratford London, St. Ann’s Church Dublin, and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan. As five-time Chamber Music Award Recipients from Artists International, Serenade Duo has performed numerous sold out performances at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. The duo is a current ensemble member of Chamber Music America and the Delian Society. (Unfortunately the Café will not be open for this performance.)
2/26 – 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.)
3/5 – 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.
3/12 – Cross Island
Cross Island, cello, piano, violin, clarinetist Jo in 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 and styles with music by Ludwig von Beethoven, Gershwin, Mozart, and more.
3/19 – Bradley Gurgess
Bradley Burgess is praised for his virtuoso piano playing and his ability to leave audiences spellbound (ClassicSA). He is one of few concert artists who moves seamlessly between the piano bench and organ console, and enjoys a multifaceted career as concert pianist, concert organist, and church musician. His recital schedule includes major venues in his home country of South Africa, as well as UK, Finland, and across US. Highlights of the 2016-2017 season include: Church of the Transfiguration (NY), Third Baptist Church (St. Louis, MO), King’s Chapel (Boston, MA), St. Peter’s Church (Long Island, NY), Rutgers University (Camden, NJ), Woolsey Hall (New Haven, CT). Bradley holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music and University of Cape Town. He has received several awards and prizes, including First Prize at the Fine Music Radio / Pick n Pay 101.3 Music Awards, the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Bursary, and a generous grant from the National Arts Council of South Africa. He is currently studying organ under Martin Jean at Yale University Institute of Sacred Music and School of Music, where he was awarded the Julie B. Sherman Prize for excellence in organ playing. He also serves as Minister of Music at Middlebury Congregational Church, and as Organ Scholar at Yale Divinity School Marquand Chapel and at Berkeley Divinity School.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739