Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 8:00AM
The Downtown Concert Series launches its 3rd season with a stellar lineup of acclaimed artists who bring world class performances to the historic and intimate venue of St. Peter’s Church.
Opening with pianist Shai Wosner on September 22, 2012 at 7:30pm, the series kicks off with a solo piano performance that has been hailed as “inventively conceived and impressive” by The New York Times. Mr. Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. His international reputation includes highly acclaimed performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as performances at London’s Wigmore Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York, a duo recital tour with violinist Jennifer Koh and a feature on NPR’s All Things Considered. In Europe, he has appeared with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Gothenburg Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de Belgique and Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam among others and debuted with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. Shai Wosner brings tremendous versatility and a spirit of partnership to his life’s work, and his performance sets the stage for an outstanding season of music in the Downtown Concert Series.
Concert performances continue with harpist Bridget Kibbey on November 17th. As hailed by The New York Times, Bridget Kibbey “…made it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.” On February 16th, 2013, mezzo soprano Martha Bartz accompanied by her partner Mory Ortman present a cabaret performance that will delight Valentines’ day audiences. Martha has graced stages from the Metropolitan Room and Carnegie Hall in New York City to New Jersey’s Great Auditorium sharing her unique ability to move her beautiful silky sound seamlessly between musical art forms. The season closes on May 18th with the stunning string quintet, Sybarite5. “Their rock star status in the classical crossover world is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience…” describes The Sarasota Herald Tribune. Sybarite5 stands out as the first string quintet ever selected as winners of Concert Artists Guild International Competition in its 60 year history, and is a fitting culmination to a concert season brimming with a dazzling array of musical brilliance.
Season tickets for the four concerts are available for $80 until September 22nd. Tickets for the concerts are $25 and $10 for students 18 years and younger. Seating is limited and tickets should be purchased in advance. Performances are subject to change.
The Downtown Concert Series is hosted at St. Peter’s Church, located at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, New Jersey 07728.