Concerts

 Concerts at Farmstead Arts 

Concerts at Farmstead Arts range from classical chamber music to folk and jazz. The setting is one of our beautiful galleries in the historic Farmhouse at Farmstead Arts which is transformed into an intimate concert hall.  Limited seating  allows the audience to hear and see the performers up close in a traditional “house concert” atmosphere.  A reception is held after each concert with refreshments and an opportunity to meet and talk with the musicians. In the warmer months we also host concerts in the English Barn.

Upcoming Concerts:


 

Young Professionals Concert Series

Farmstead Arts is pleased to present the talented young soprano,

Catherine Kelly,

in concert on

Sunday January 14, 2018
2:00 pm

Cathy Kelley head shot

Soprano Catherine Kelly calls Basking Ridge home and has been heard performing the National Anthem on multiple occasions at the 9/11 memorial for community members and other national days of recognition. Ms. Kelly recently received a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Moravian College, where she studied with Suzanne Kompass.  At Moravian she was a featured soloist in many ensembles, including the Moravian College Mixed Choir and Women’s Choir, and smaller ensembles such as Vocalise (the Moravian College A Cappella ensemble) and Salon Ensemble. During her time in Pennsylvania, Catherine sang at the First Presbyterian Church in Allentown and performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Allentown Symphony Hall. Her musical studies have also included piano and guitar.

Ms. Kelly has been highly invested in music her entire life. While a student at Ridge High School, she participated in the New Jersey All-State and Central New Jersey Region Choirs. She also took part in the American Music Abroad Red Tour in 2011, traveling and performing in France, Belgium, Germany and other European countries.

Ms. Kelly will be sharing the stage with mezzo-soprano Charlotte Finnerty and pianist Angela DiIorio Bird. The program will include works by Richard Strauss, Robert Schumann, Puccini, John Duke and others.

Ms. Finnerty, a native of Warren, NJ, is currently in her Senior Year at Moravian College, pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. She has taken part in ensembles such as Salon Ensemble, Song & Stage Craft, Women’s Chorus, Opera Ensemble, Voice Mastery and the Moravian College Choir.  In addition, Charlotte has worked as an intern and summer camp counselor for various music programs at the Wharton Institute of the Performing Arts in Berkeley Heights, NJ. This past Summer, Charlotte completed an internship in Marketing and Events Planning with the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco. While in California, Ms. Finnerty had the wonderful opportunity to study Voice with Opera Singer Susanne Mentzer.

Angela DiIorio Bird is the high school vocal music teacher at Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren, New Jersey, where she teaches four sections of choir, AP Music Theory, and is musical director of school shows. She has music degrees from Ithaca College and The College of New Jersey with additional studies at The College of St. Elizabeth. An accomplished musician, she has performed as a piano soloist at many venues including Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall in New York City. Prior to arriving at Watchung Hills, Angela taught for two years at South Hunterdon Regional High School in Lambertville, NJ. When not at Watchung Hills or taking courses, Ms. Bird provides private music lessons for piano and voice.

$10 Suggested Donation


Love is in the Air

Sunday, February 11, 2018
2:00 pm

Warren Schein, Singer-comedian
Jimmy Horan, piano

Bring your valentine to this bewitching program of American Songbook romantic classics by Gershwin, Porter, Berlin and more.

Warren Schein

 

Warren Schein has been performing on stages from New York to LA for over two decades. A funny, entertaining singer and actor, Schein is known for his shows entitled “The Borscht Belt to Broadway” and “Tribute to Mel Tormé” with a cd of the same name.     He has played lead singing roles in many stock and Off Broadway performances. Warren is also an actor and voice-over artist for TV and Radio, having recorded for such well-known advertisers as The History Channel, Nickelodeon, WPLJ Radio, AMC, M&M’s and A&E.

A Plainfield resident, James (Jimmy) Horan has served as musical director, conductor, pianist, and arranger in New York (Meet Me in St. Louis, The Producers) and New Jersey theater venues (Paper Mill Playhouse) for over three decades. Jim recently arranged, musically directed, and accompanied “King (Carole) For A Day” in New York City, a benefit for Lifebeat, Inc. Jim has composed music and lyrics for three original theater pieces, most notably Chopin and Sand about the love affair between the great composer and the notorious writer. Jim has performed as a singer and accompanist at leading New York City venues such as Danny’s Skylight, Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, Rose’s Turn, and The Stonewall. His vocal and instrumental arrangements have been featured on critically acclaimed solo artist recordings, choral gospel and pop concerts on both the East and West coast, and by the Washington DC gay men’s chorus.

Tickets:  (Click here to purchase tickets)
$15 General Admission advance purchase
$20 General Admission at the door
$10 Students, seniors and Farmstead members, in advance or at the door


A Woman’s Touch

Sunday, March 18, 2018
2:00 PM


Allison Brewster-Franzetti, piano
Katherine Harris, soprano
Mira Kang, cello

Presenting this trio of musicians in a program of classics by American women composers, including works by Amy Beach, Libby Larsen, and New Jersey’s own Victoria Bond. This concert is part of Farmstead Arts’ Celebration of Women in the Arts taking place during Women’s History Month in March 2018.

Growing out of a small-town school event in California, Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history, culture and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8.

Tickets:  (Click here to purchase tickets)
$15 General Admission advance purchase
$20 General Admission at the door
$10 Students, seniors and Farmstead members, in advance or at the door


Opus Two

Sunday, April 8, 2018
2:00 pm

William Terwilliger, violin
Andrew Cooperstock, piano

Opus Two - photo by Peter Shaaf

 

The award-winning duo in a centenary celebration of the music of Leonard Bernstein. 

Opus Two has been internationally recognized for its “divine phrases, impelling rhythm, elastic ensemble and stunning sounds,” as well as its commitment to expanding the violin-piano duo repertoire. The Duo, comprising violinist William Terwilliger and pianist Andrew Cooperstock, has been hailed for its “unanimity of style and spirit, exemplary balance and close rapport.”

 

 

Tickets:  (Click here to purchase tickets)
$15 General Admission advance purchase
$20 General Admission at the door
$10 Students, seniors and Farmstead members, in advance or at the door


Broadway: the Next Generation

Saturday, May 12, 2018
3:00 pm in the English Barn

 

Lucas Schultz, actor
Jimmy Horan, piano

Follow Lucas’ journey from Warren, NJ to Broadway as he shares his story through song.  Also an opportunity for aspiring young performers in the audience to participate in an audition technique workshop.

LUCAS SCHULTZ began performing at age 9 with his first performance as Oliver in Oliver Twist at Cranford Dramatic Club. His passion for dancing, singing, and acting soon had him working on his first professional show. He spent 4 years touring with various Broadway companies. Lucas loves collaborating with his vocal coach and mentor James Horan and performs in benefits and cabarets in New York. He is a Sophomore attending an acting program at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School and at Watchung Hills Regional High School. Credits include: National Tours: Pippin (Theo), Mary Poppins (Michael Banks), Sound Of Music (swing) A Christmas Story (Swing). Regional: Goodspeed, Mame (Peter). Other: New York Musical Festival—Wikimusical, Oliver Twist (Oliver), A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim). Commercial and print: ESPN, Hess, Timberland, ToysRUs

A Plainfield resident, James (Jimmy) Horan has served as musical director, conductor, pianist, and arranger in New York (Meet Me in St. Louis, The Producers) and New Jersey theater venues (Paper Mill Playhouse) for over three decades. Jim recently arranged, musically directed, and accompanied “King (Carole) For A Day” in New York City, a benefit for Lifebeat, Inc. Jim has composed music and lyrics for three original theater pieces, most notably Chopin and Sand about the love affair between the great composer and the notorious writer. Jim has performed as a singer and accompanist at leading New York City venues such as Danny’s Skylight, Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, Rose’s Turn, and The Stonewall. His vocal and instrumental arrangements have been featured on critically acclaimed solo artist recordings, choral gospel and pop concerts on both the East and West coast, and by the Washington DC gay men’s chorus.

Tickets: (Click here to purchase tickets)
$20 General Admission
$15 Students, seniors and Farmstead members


Young Artist Award Recital

Michelle Sanchez

Michelle Sanchez performing at May 2017 Young Artist Concert at Farmstead Arts (Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano)

Sunday, May 20, 2018
2:00 pm

Showcasing New Jersey’s stellar young classical musicians chosen in the Farmstead Arts Young Artist Auditions, held March 11, 2018.

Free admission


The Farmhouse and English Barn are 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.

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.