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.

Washington & His Spies - A Musical Presentation - Sunday, October 27 2:00 pm

Join Anne and Ridley Enslow as they perform a new musical program on George Washington and His Spies.

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

$20 – General Admission
$15 – Senior (65+)
$10 – Farmstead Arts Member
Meet Anne and Ridley after the concert and enjoy some light refreshments!

Join us for this entertaining event complete with ballads, songs, and dance tunes, each preceded with a brief descriptive story. In honor of the General, Anne and Ridley bring along a little dancing doll called the limberjack, dressed to look like George Washington. This lively percussion instrument invariably steals the show. Join us and find out!

In this up close and personal 60-minute performance, they will perform songs about Major John Andre, the famous British spy hanged by the Americans; Benedict Arnold, brilliant general and ultimate traitor who was working with Andre; and John Champe, who tried unsuccessfully to capture Arnold.

There will also be songs about Nathan Hale, who failed miserably at his attempted spy mission; the women who smuggled information to George Washington in their balls of knitting yarn; and James Rivington, the loyalist printer in New York, who later turned out to be one of George Washington’s spies. Notably absent in song is the famed Culper Ring, which was successful in its missions and therefore remained secret at the time—and as a result, had no songs written about them at the time. General George Washington who paid close attention to his spy network in order to defeat the British.

About the Enslows
Anne sings and plays the hammered dulcimer, a trapezoidal instrument with nearly 100 strings that are struck with miniature hammers. She has found documentation that dulcimers were here in the colonial period.
Ridley sings and plays the violin—in this case, a violin made in France in 1776 by Claude Francois Vuillaume.
The Enslows entertain and inform through song. Their specialty is America’s colonial history and the American Revolution. For this performance, they will appear in colonial costumes of the 1770s era.

Palisades Virtuosi - NJ's Premier Chamber Music Ensemble - Sunday, November 10 at 2:00 pm

One of New Jersey’s premier chamber music ensembles performing works for this delightful combination of instruments.
“True virtuosi” says Fanfare Magazine.

Margaret Swinchoski (flute), Donald Mokrynski (clarinet), Ron Levy (piano)

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

Dubbed “The Commissioners” by Chamber Music America magazine, Palisades Virtuosi has established an enviable presence in the chamber music world since its inception fourteen years ago. They are thrilled to celebrate their 16th season of concerts this year in Bergen County! The founders are three friends, all who had hitherto enjoyed considerable success as individual performers, and who also shared a love of ensemble playing. After performing a few concerts together as a trio, they discovered that they had virtually exhausted the existing repertoire for flute, clarinet and piano. In the midst of gathering frustration an idea presented itself: why not begin commissioning new works [by American composers] written specifically for their instrumental configuration? The concept was enthusiastically embraced and implemented. Now, to date, PV’s portfolio boasts over eighty new pieces, acquired either directly through PV’s “Mission to Commission”®, or by a work being gifted to PV by several and various composers. The collection, taken as a whole, exhibits an astounding richness and depth; the ages of the composers range from sixteen to eighty, displaying a staggering array of styles and approaches. (For a comprehensive listing of the “Honor Roll,” you are invited to visit our composers page).

The geographical “home-base” of PV is Bergen County, NJ, where they have performed their subscription concert series for the past 15 years. They have also travelled extensively, appearing at important venues which have included Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Bruno Walter Auditorium/NY Public Library at Lincoln Center, the venerable Stratford Summer Music Festival (founded by Glenn Gould), the University of Hawaii, Honolulu (where they have an informal “residency”), and the New York Flute Club, to name a few. Recently, PV has been named “Visiting Artists” at Bergen Community College (NJ) and are also In Residence at The Ridgewood Conservatory.

An important part of Palisades Virtuosi’s mission is to record and disseminate its new compositions. With the assistance of substantial grants from the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and private donations, five volumes of CDs have been recorded and released [by Albany Records]. Volume 6 in the series was released in the spring of 2017. These recordings have garnered rave reviews from such publications as Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, and Living Music Journal. Equally passionate about more traditional music, PV has recorded an album [“Palisades Virtuosi in Recital”/High Point Records], which features music of Bloch, Gaubert, Debussy, Scriabin, Saint-Saens and Danzi.

MARGARET SWINCHOSKI, flutist, began her musical studies at the age of nine in Vermont. She graduated with degrees and high honors both in Performing Arts and Music Education from Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont. She received her Master of Arts degree from Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Ms. Swinchoski is now on the faculty of The Ridgewood Conservatory. She was a featured soloist at the National Flute Association Convention in the World Premiere of Leo Kraft’s “From The Hudson Valley” and also premiered Richard Lane’s Flute Concerto with the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with many other orchestras. Ms. Swinchoski was presented in her debut recital by Artists International at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. She has served as principal flutist with the Westchester and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras, and travels to Ohio each summer to play principal flute with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. Her solo debut CD “From The Hudson Valley” was released by Albany Records in 2000 and garnered rave reviews from “Fanfare” magazine and “American Record Guide”. Ms. Swinchoski can also be heard on the Newport Classics, CRI and High Point labels. She formed the Legacy Duo with harpist Emily Mitchell in 2006 with which she concertized through the tri-state area and with whom she was heard on radio and televions stations in the New York area. As a founding member of the Palisades Virtuosi, she has commissioned and premiered nearly 80 works for flute, clarinet & piano from such well-known composers as Paul Moravec, Melinda Wagner, Eric Ewazen, Carlos Franzetti, Robert Manno, Dan Cooper, Frank Ezra Levy & Allen Shawn among others. PV has concertized through the tri-state area and in Hawaii and Canada. Volumes 1 thru 6 of PV’s New American Masters series have been released by Albany Records and to date have received several fantastic reviews including being named to the Fanfare Magazine “Most Wanted” lists! Ms. Swinchoski has been honored with an Outstanding Alumni Award from Johnson State College.

DONALD MOKRYNSKI, clarinetist, is a native to metropolitan New York and has played with many of the area’s finest ensembles. Currently principal clarinetist with the Garden State Philharmonic, Don has played principal with the Albany Symphony and was recently principal clarinetist with the national tour of “Phantom of the Opera” and with “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” starring Michael Crawford. Mr. Mokrynski has also performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, Solisti New York, and Orchestra New England, as well as the Jersey Lyric, New Haven and Connecticut Grand Opera Companies. An avid chamber musician, Don has performed with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Graduating with honors from the Eastman School of Music and completing a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, Don has also attended the music festivals of Aspen, Waterloo and Heidelberg and has recorded for Koch International, Soundstream, Elektra and High Point records.

RON LEVY, internationally acclaimed pianist, has been called “first-class” by the New York Times. He regularly appears in major venues, both as a soloist, and in partnership with many of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. A graduate of Oberlin, Mr. Levy has been pianist and harpsichordist of the Oberlin Orchestra, the Westchester Symphony, and the Albany Symphony, among others. Presently, he is the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood Music Director and the pianist of the Orpheus Men’s Chorus and the award-winning Palisades Virtuosi of which he is a founding member. For over 20 years, Mr. Levy was associated with the Manchester (VT) Music Festival, of which he was a faculty and Board member. While living in Vermont, he was Music Director & Conductor of the Opera Theatre in Weston, and impresario of the “Third Saturday” chamber music series at the historic Equinox Hotel, as well as the “Music on the Hill” music series at the Southern Vermont Art Center. Mr. Levy has taught at numerous colleges and is currently an instructor at Montclair State University; he maintains an active and on-going affiliation with the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and NJ PAC. A two-term President of the Professional Music Teachers’ Guild of NJ, he is a contributing editor to BIM Music Publications, Switzerland. In the Spring of 2011 Mr. Levy made his debut at the Academy of the Arts and the University in Oahu, Hawaii. Recordings by Mr. Levy are available on the Albany, Centaur, Eroica, Koch International, MMF and High Point labels.

A Winter's Day - Holiday Concert with Odarka Stockert - Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 pm

Enjoy the beauty of the season with enchanting melodies lovingly performed by Odarka Stockert on the Celtic harp.

Tickets available in advance here or cash only at the door.
$20 – General Admission
$15 – Senior (65+)
$10 – Farmstead Arts Member
Meet Odarka and enjoy some light refreshments after the concert.

About Odarka Polanskyj Stockert — She is an accomplished harpist with a repertoire spanning the centuries, from Classical to Broadway to Folk — performs on both the concert pedal harp and the folk harp, and has been playing professionally since the early 1980’s. Odarka was a long time student of celebrated concert harpist, the late Leone Paulson, of South Orange, New Jersey, with whom she performed as a member of the Paulson Harp Ensemble. She spent several summers in Dublin, Ireland, in workshop studies and participating in the O’Carolan Irish Harp and Granard Harp Competitions, winning awards and honors in both.

She is also a collaborator of the Yara Arts Group based at the La Mama, ETC in New York and has performed in many Yara events and productions. Additionally, she is a founding member of Glendalough’s Muse, a celtic flute and harp duo and Suenos del Alma, a latin inspired harp and violin duo. Odarka lives in Millburn, with her husband Thomas, and daughters Sophia and Ariadna.

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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