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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Leonia Chamber Musicians Society to Feature Composer Amy Beach in November Concert, 'Harmony in Life'


 The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. (LCMS) salutes pioneering American woman composer and piano virtuoso Amy Beach in the organization's second concert of the 2019-2020 series.  The LCMS presents 'Harmony in Life', a recognition of three composers who overcame life's struggles to write beautiful music, on November 24, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Leonia, located at 181 Fort Lee Road in Leonia, New Jersey.  The society's members --Theresa Norris, flute; Marsha Heller, oboe; Roy Lewis, violin; Maggie Speier, viola; and Daryl Goldberg, cello -will be joined by guest artist violinist Janey Choi.

Composers Overcame Obstacles

            Beach's (1867-1944) compositional excellence paved the way for acceptance in a male dominated field.  Her romantic Theme and Variations for Flute and String quartet is based on one of the many melodious songs she wrote. 

            Englishman Gustav Holst (1874-1934), known for his great orchestral suite The Planets, composed a Terzetto for the interesting combination of Flute, Oboe and Viola.  He overcame a life of illness to compose a wealth of opera, orchestra and chamber music compositions.

            Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884) is famously known for his musical tribute to Czech history in his orchestra piece Má vlast (My Homeland).  After losing his hearing, he continued to compose one of his best works, the string quartet Z mého života (From My Life).         

            "In this time of unexpected violence, the LCMS' concerts offer a refuge, a community gathering to appreciate the beauty and expression of the human soul.  The professional musicians of the Leonia Chamber Musicians nourish the human spirit with music," said Ms. Daryl Goldberg, President, Leonia Chamber Musicians Society.

            The season closes on Sunday March 22, 2020 at 4 p.m., celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthday with performances of the Quintet in Eb for Piano and Winds Op. 16, and the String Quartet Op. 132 in A minor.  The concert takes place at the Presbyterian Church in Leonia, 181 Fort Lee Road in Leonia, New Jersey.

            All tickets are $20, available for purchase at the door on the day of each performance or online at https://www.leoniachambermusicians.org.  Students under age 18 are admitted free.  Refreshments are served after the concert, and the audience is invited to meet and greet the musicians.

Holiday Concert

             The Leonia Public Library presents The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society for a third annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7 p.m.  This special concert is free and open to the community.  The library is located at 227 Fort Lee Rd. in Leonia, New Jersey, and parking is available in a lot behind the building and on side streets.

Benefit Concert

            The LCMS begins the new year with a benefit concert for the Leonia High School Music Department on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 5 p.m.  The concert, under the auspices of Si-Yo Classically Leonia, will be held at Leonia United Methodist Church, 396 Broad Avenue in Leonia, New Jersey.

About Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc.

             The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, enriches the cultural environment of the community by presenting a series of high quality, affordable, and accessible chamber music concerts.  The members of the Leonia Chamber Musicians generate the excitement of a live performance with professional talent: all of them perform in the major concert halls of New York City.

            Music for the programs is selected to represent different periods and styles of music.  Presentations are given about the music played, the composers, the musicians and related subjects.

               Donations are vital to the success and sustainability of the programs in Leonia, NJ.  No donation made with an open heart is too small.  Tax-deductible contributions to the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. are welcome and encouraged to continue the tradition of quality concerts at affordable prices.  Donations through PayPal may be made securely on the website at https://www.leoniachambermusicians.org, or checks made to the attention of Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. may be mailed to P.O. Box 473, Leonia, New Jersey 07605. 

             To be added to the mailing list, send an e-mail to cmleonia@gmail.com.  For more information about the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., visit https://www.leoniachambermusicians.org or https://www.facebook.com/leoniachambermusic.

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