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:


Happy Birthday Mozart!

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Brennan Sweet, violin

Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano

Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria on January 27, 1756.  He began composing at the age of 5 and quickly became known throughout Europe as a piano prodigy.  He went on to become, and remains to this day, among the most popular of classical composers, exerting a profound influence on subsequent Western art music. Violinist Brennan Sweet and pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti will lead us in celebrating the Maestro’s 263rd birthday with a concert of music that was written at the time the Farmstead was being built!  The program will include works by Mozart and his contemporaries.

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Born in New York City, Brennan Sweet began violin studies at two years of age in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1977 he studied violin at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. Sweet earned a bachelor of music degree from Indiana University, and served for three years as teaching assistant to Distinguished Professor Emeritus Josef Gingold before joining the faculty for another two years as a lecturer. Concertmaster of several orchestras during his time in Indiana, including the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras, Sweet was also a founding member of the Evansville String Quartet. He performed two seasons as assistant concertmaster of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder under Maestro Giora Bernstein, and in 1994 he won the position of associate concertmaster with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Subsequently, he led the orchestra for three seasons as acting concertmaster under Maestro Zdenek Macal. Sweet was a founding member of the Mostly Mozart at Monteux Festival in Hancock, Maine, and has served as coach and performer at the Raphael Trio Chamber Music workshop in New Hampshire and ASTANJ’s Chamber Music Institute. After holding the position of concert artist faculty member at Kean University for seven years, Sweet began teaching at the Mason Gross Extension Division at Rutgers University in 2013. In 2015 he was invited to join the collegiate faculty at the Mason Gross School.

Allison Brewster Franzetti

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 ClaHe is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent Western art music is profoundssical 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.

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


Alexander Hamilton Concert

Featuring Anne and Ridley Enslow

Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM

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The overwhelming success of the musical “Hamilton” has brought about a resurgence of interest in America’s first Treasury Secretary. But what music did Alexander Hamilton himself listen to?Alexander Hamilton Wickimedia Commons

Try starting with the hymn he wrote as a teenager. It was published in a newspaper in St. Croix. There are other songs that we know were among his favorites, thanks to written accounts by his son and grandson.

In this program, Anne Enslow and Ridley Enslow present a narrative of Hamilton’s life, interspersed with 18th-century music that’s relevant to key episodes in his life. (Despite what they say in a certain musical, there is no good evidence that the British troops played “The World Turned Upside Down” as they left Yorktown. But there are other songs that show just how unimaginable it was that America should win the Revolution.)

Anne and Ridley appear in period dress, and play instruments that are appropriate to the colonial period. For Ridley, that’s an 18th-century violin built in France in 1776. For Anne, it’s the hammered dulcimer, a trapezoidal instrument with nearly 100 strings that are struck with little wooden hammers. Both Ridley and Anne sing. And of course, they bring along the star of the show—a little wooden dancing figure called a limberjack. Their limberjack has been painted to look like Hamilton’s mentor and ally, George Washington.

This show was first performed for Celebrate HAMILTON, the annual two-week program of lectures, tours, exhibitions, and concerts sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. (Visit the Enslows site)

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


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with

Celtic Music Journey

Starring Heather Mulvey

Heather MulveySunday, March 17, 2019
2:00 PM

Heather Mulvey plays finger-picking acoustic guitar and sings traditional Americana, Celtic, and contemporary folk songs, entertaining audiences of all ages.  In the Celtic Music Journey the audience will learn about the history of these beloved songs and be encouraged to sing along! 

  Heather has performed at community events, cultural and heritage commissions, festivals, schools, First Nights and libraries throughout New Jersey and New York and has been a Featured Artist at the New Jersey Library Association Annual Meeting and at the Garden State Storytellers’ League “Tellabration” event. Heather has performed at venues such as the American as Apple Pie Festival, East Jersey Olde Towne Village, First Night Morris County, First Night South Orange/Maplewood, Waterloo Village, Sunrise Assisted Living communities, Chester Library, Ocean County Library, Milltown Library, Princeton Library, Watchung Library, Westfield Library, and Haverstraw Library. She also enjoys playing kirtan music with friends. (Visit Heather’s website)

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


Palisades Virtuosi

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

Palisades Virtuosi

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Dubbed “The Commissioners” by Chamber Music America magazine, Palisades Virtuosi has established an enviable presence in the chamber music world since its inception thirteen years ago. 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] for their instrumental configuration? The concept was enthusiastically embraced and implemented. Now, to date, PV’s portfolio boasts nearly seventy-five 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 PV’s website).

The geographical “home-base” of PV is Bergen County, NJ, where they have performed their subscription concert series for the past 13 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).

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]. 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. (PalisadesVirtuosi.org)

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


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Young Artist Concert

Featuring New Jersey’s finest teen classical musicians, chosen by audition at the Farmstead Arts Center.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

2:00 PM

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.