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:


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, Rebecca Clarke, Ellen Taffe Zwillich and New Jersey’s own Victoria Bond and Allison Brewster Franzetti.  This concert is part of Farmstead Arts’ Celebration of Women in the Arts taking place during Women’s History Month in March 2018.

Cellist Mira Kang has performed throughout South Korea, northeastern USA, and Germany as a recitalist and chamber musician. Her first public concert was at the age of 16 as a guest artist of the Young Performer’s Ensemble Series of the Seoul International Music Festival, which featured celebrated musicians from around the world. She also appeared on an MBC Television Broadcast in Korea as a featured artist in a classical music program. She followed this with a successful debut concert as a soloist with the Seoul Civic Orchestra. After graduating from the Seoul National University, Ms. Kang received a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and a  Doctor of Musical Arts from Rutgers University. Mira was proud to make her New York debut recital at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Artist International Competition.

Grammy® Nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist and Best Classical Crossover Album and Latin Grammy® Nominee for Best Classical Album and Best Tango Album, pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti is acclaimed for stunning virtuosity and musicality.  Performance highlights include the Grammy® Awards Classical Music Tribute to Earl Wild and Lang Lang at Walt Disney Concert Hall, American Classical Music Hall of Fame, Campeche Festival in Mexico, VI International Festival of Music at the Teatro Colon, and tours throughout the US, Mexico, Europe, Argentina and Japan.  Her latest CD, Luminosa, recorded with Carlos Franzetti and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, is available on Sunnyside Records.  An accomplished collaborative pianist, she has worked with Sir James Galway, John Corigliano, Stephen Paulus, Carlos Franzetti, Lowell Liebermann, Robert Aldridge, Herschel Garfein, David Maslanka, Ransom Wilson, Robert White, Eugenia Zukerman, and Julius Baker, amongst others. Dr. Brewster Franzetti holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.  She is Director of Chamber Music at Mason Gross, Extension Division.

Katherine Harris began vocal and piano studies at an early age, and went on to study Voice Performance and Opera at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Yale University. Her training culminated in four years of involvement in Young Artist Programs with the San Francisco Opera Company.  For the past twenty five years Katherine has had a varied career at home and abroad, performing opera roles such as Puccini’s Mimi and Madame Butterfly,  Amelia in Verdi’s Ballo, and other standard repertoire by Mozart, Handel, Menotti, Gounod, and many others.  She is also at home on the concert stage, where she has been heard in a vast array of orchestral, oratorio, chamber music and recital performances.  She made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in Stern Auditorium as soprano soloist with the Oratorio Society of New York in Mozart’s Requiem and the Paukenmesse by Haydn.  Ms. Harris and guitarist Christopher Kenniff performed frequently in concert as Duo Cantiga, championing the works of Dowland, Granados, and many contemporary composers.  She is also a vocal teacher and coach in her private studio in Basking Ridge and has been an adjunct professor of voice at Kean University since 1994.  Ms. Harris currently occupies the position of Director of the Farmstead Arts Center.

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)
$15 General Admission advance purchase
$20 General Admission at the door
$10 Students, seniors and Farmstead members, in advance or at the door

Young Artist Award Recital – Canceled

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 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.