Concerts

Sunday Concerts in the Farm House

Sunday Concerts in the Farm House are held once a month (typically from September through May) and feature a range of local, nationally and internationally renowned musicians. Our 2019/2020 season includes jazz, piano, cello, Celtic harp and more.  We have something for everyone!

Concert descriptions and ticket information can be found below. Tickets are available in advance here or cash only at the door. 

Meet the performers and enjoy some light refreshments after each concert.


The farm house is wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services may make a request by sending an E-mail to admin@farmsteadarts.org in advance.

The Journey with Romantic Cello - Sunday, February 16 2020 at 2:00 pm


Mira Kang – Cello, Allison Brewster Franzetti, Piano
Tickets available in advance here or cash only at the door.
$20 – General Admission
$15 – Seniors (65+)
$10 – Farmstead Arts Members
Meet the performers and enjoy some light refreshments after the concert.

The end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 ushered in a new ear with optimism, regional peace, prosperity, an apex of colonial empires, and technological, scientific, and cultural innovations in the Western world. Until the horror of World War I stroke in 1914 this time period considered as a “Golden Age” which produced many masterpieces of art and literature. This period called “Belle Époque ” conceived the revolutionary changes in the foundation of classical music as well, which later was land-marked as “New Music.” The concert will present the flourished romanticism during this period and the innovative attempts in music in Paris and around.

Composition by Faure, Debussy, Ravel and more

About the performers:

Mira Kang

Allison Brewster Franzetti  – Multiple Grammy® and Latin Grammy® Nominee, pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for her stunning virtuosity and musicality as soloist and chamber musician. Her performances include the Grammy® Awards Classical Music Tribute to Earl Wild and Lang Lang, the Latin Grammy® Awards live broadcast, the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, the Campeche Festival in Mexico and the VI International Festival of Music at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been a guest soloist with The Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, English Sinfonia, European Women’s Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, Denver Symphony, Colonial Symphony, New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra and Adelphi Orchestra. Solo recitals include critically acclaimed debuts at Merkin Hall in New York and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, her recital debut at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London, and tours throughout the US, Mexico, Europe, Argentina and Japan.

An accomplished collaborative pianist, she has worked with Sir James Galway, John Corigliano, Stephen Paulus, David Maslanka, Carlos Franzetti, Lowell Liebermann, Robert Aldridge, Herschel Garfein, Julius Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, Wenzel Fuchs, Benny Goodman, Ruben Blades, Nestor Torres, Ransom Wilson, Eugenia Zukerman, and Robert White, amongst others.

Dr. Brewster Franzetti is the recipient of degrees from Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She is the Director Emeritus of Chamber Music for the Extension Division, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

The Farmstead Through the Centuries - Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Three Centuries of Music and History at the Farmstead

Tickets available in advance here or cash only at the door.
$20 – General Admission
$15 – Seniors (65+)
$10 – Farmstead Members
Meet Anne and Ridley and enjoy some light refreshments after the performance.

What events of history and what kinds of music has the 1750 Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead possibly been a witness to?

In this new concert, sampling music from 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries Anne and Ridley Enslow attempt to answer these questions through song.  This is a one hour show with the Enslows appearing in historical costumes with Ridley playing the violin and Anne playing the hammered dulcimer. They both sing–individually, in harmony.

Before each song, Anne will give a brief but interesting description of the piece and its historical context. Drinking songs, love songs, military recruiting songs, songs of liberty–these are some of the themes they will strike. The audience will also see how musical styles evolved over time, becoming less formal, less classical, and more rhythmic. Anne will switch from hammered dulcimer to the more driving sound of the mountain dulcimer in the second half of the show, and there will be one song with foot rhythms, too. They will also bring along their little wooden dancing man called the “limberjack” that appeals to all ages from 9 to 90.This is a varied and interesting presentation for all ages.

Beethoven's 250th Anniversary with Itay Goren - Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm

The Farmstead Arts Center is happy to welcome internationally acclaimed pianist Itay Goren to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary.

Tickets available in advance here or cash only at the door.

$20 – General Admission
$15 – Seniors (65+)
$10 – Farmstead Members
Meet Itay and enjoy some light refreshments after the concert.

Ludwig Van Beethoven is one of the greatest composers of all time. His music lives in the heart of people in all corners of the world, elevating our spirits and giving rise to our better selves.

Itay Goren’s playing is described as “an evocative journey from shimmering excitement to calm contemplation” (Classical New Jersey). His performances touch the heart and magically transport the listener’s imagination. 

Following his concerts in Germany this past summer of Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto with the Tübingen Academic Orchestra, a reviewer from the Schwäbisches Tagblatt wrote: “Most beautiful were his brilliantly glittering high figurations under the shelter of the big climactic orchestral tuttis, a turbulently urging Scherzo, a serenely melodious Andante, all inwardness, where the piano entry with its tones slowly rising from the depth, discovering itself in wonderment, held the 750 listeners spellbound. The distinctive and transparent Hungarian dance motifs of the Finale, in good balance with the orchestra brought thunderous applause”.
 
Itay Goren has performed in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and the United States. His recitals in Madrid, Prague, Paris, and New York City were greeted with high acclaim. After his concert at the Festival de Cámera in Villaviciosa de Odon in Spain, a review of the festival characterized his performance as being “especially emotional”. Other notable festival appearances include the Pacific Summer Music Festival in Guam, The American Music Festival in France and the Hindemithon Festival in New Jersey.
 
Studying music from an early age, Itay continued his education at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Under the guidance of pianist Elka Kirkpatrick, Itay graduated with degrees in both classical and jazz performance and received many honors and awards from the University. Upon graduation he joined the faculty of the music program at Ramapo College of New Jersey where he taught for 11 years.
 
As a soloist with orchestras Itay performed Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto and Chorale Fantasy and Liszt’s Eb major Piano Concerto as well as Mozart’s concertos No. 20 and 14 and Bach’s F minor Concerto which he also conducted from the keyboard. Recent concerto appearances include a stunning performance of Brahms’ 1st Piano Concerto at Drew University with the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and a triumphant rendition of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Summit Symphony.
 
Regarded as an inspiring collaborator by fellow musicians, Itay is sought after by many ensembles and soloists. He performs often with the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble and the Madison String Quartet, with whom he concertized last season in the NYC area, at the Schoenberg Center in Vienna, Austria as well as in Germany.
 
Itay’s repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music. In recent seasons he presented works by living composers David Winkler, Richard Sorce and Randall Svane, who wrote and dedicated a new Piano Sonata for Itay. 
 
In 2018 Itay gave recitals in summer festivals in Europe – his second appearance at the Festival de Cámera de Villaviciosa de Odon (Madrid, Spain) and his first at the Rencontres Musicales de Jaugette in France. Both concerts were enthusiastically received with thunderous applause. An article in La Nouvelle Republique in France singled out Itay’s performance – “During these three days of the Musical Encounters of Jaugette, new universes were explored according to the performances of musicians, one more virtuoso than the other. ‘I’m not in the habit to concentrate on the artist when I go to a concert, but here, I almost couldn’t take my eyes off’, confided a spectator, dazzled by the interpretation of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition by pianist Itay Goren.”
 
Upcoming engagements include solo recitals in NYC and the Metropolitan area, special programs dedicated to Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary and an extensive solo tour of France. 

 

 

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