The Downtown Concert Series proudly announces its 2018-19 season with four memorable concerts that feature an internationally known tenor, a traditional piano trio, a pianist, and an Indian music ensemble. The concerts take place at the historic St. Peter's Church, 33 Throckmorton Street, in downtown Freehold. Season subscriptions are now available.
The series kicks off its ninth season with a performance by internationally acclaimed tenor James Valenti on September 29 at 7:30 p.m. The tenor has built a global reputation for his elegant musicianship, commanding stage presence, ardent style and voice of warm Italianate lustre. Valenti made his professional debut at age 25 at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Rodolfo in the Franco Zeffirelli production of La Bohême. He has performed at theatres and opera houses around the world, including Teatro alla Scala Milan, Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Royal Opera House London, Opéra National de Paris Bastille, and Sydney Opera House.
On November 17 at 7:30 p.m. the Neave Trio brings its “electric energy and easy virtuosity,” to St. Peter’s Church. The traditional piano trio, (piano, violin, cello), is based out of Boston. Since forming in 2010, Neave Trio – with violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura, has earned enormous praise for its, “engaging, cutting-edge performances,” WQXR explains. Neave has performed at venues, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center/La Jolla Music Society, Norwich Chamber Music Series (United Kingdom), and the Samoylov and Rimsky Korsakow Museums' Chamber Music Series in St. Petersburg (Russia). The trio strives to champion new works by living composers and reach wider audiences through innovative concert presentations, regularly collaborating with artists of all mediums.
The pianist Jenny Q. Chai brings her dynamic and unconventional style to Freehold on February 16, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With razor-sharp intention, Chai integrates her prodigy’s training with personal fascinations in the latest in live electronics, artificial intelligence, and environmental research, creating layered multimedia programs and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, and art. Based both in Shanghai and New York City, Chai’s instinctive understanding of new music is complemented by a deep grounding in core repertoire, with special affinity for Schumann, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel, according to her web site. She has appeared throughout the US, and across the globe.
The Akshara Music Ensemble brings its Indian classical inspired sounds to close out the season on May 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Akshara brings together world music traditions on the rhythmic and modal foundations of Indian classical music. With an instrumentation ranging from hammered dulcimer, violins, and cello to mridangam, kanjira, and bansuri, Akshara’s music utilizes a broad sonic palette that highlights its members’ backgrounds in Carnatic, Hindustani, Western Classical, and folk music. In addition to musical performances, Akshara is active in composing and performing new music to accompany classical dance productions, teaching workshops and masterclasses to music students, and bringing the richness of Indian classical traditions to audiences of initiates and neophytes alike.
Season subscriptions are available for a limited time. Subscriptions are $80 for adults and $30 for 18 and under. For additional information and to purchase tickets please visit our website at DowntownConcertSeries.org or call 732.431.8383.