The Downtown Concert Series closes its fourth season with brilliance as it presents Shattered Glass, a conductor-less seventeen member string ensemble with a dedication to re-imagining the concert experience. This dynamic collection of young, global talent, with members representing Russia, Venezuela, Korea, China, Taiwan, and cities across the United States, is committed to creating a special relationship between audience and ensemble and shattering the typical barriers of the classical music experience. Virtuosic and versatile, Shattered Glass balances vibrant excitement with a meticulous respect for piece, composer and tradition.

The Shattered Glass performance on Saturday, May 10th at St. Peter’s Church in Freehold is titled “A Coney Island of the Mind” which will feature works by great American composers. Clarinet soloist Mark Dover will join the orchestra in Aaron Copland’s jazz-inflected “Clarinet Concerto”, which was commissioned by the great bandleader Benny Goodman. The performance will also feature the world premiere of “There will be rest” by composer James Sheppard. Also on the program are works by the American composers Ned Rorem and Charles Ives.

Shattered Glass had their Carnegie Hall debut last year, when they delivered a performance that riveted the audience so much that they have been invited back to the famous Isaac Stern hall for this June, when they’ll be joined by internationally-acclaimed violinist Alexander Markov in a program titled “From Baroque to Paganini”

Members of Shattered Glass Ensemble hail from prestigious conservatories across the U.S. including New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and The Curtis Institute of Music, but all met while attending the Manhattan School of Music. Members have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Merkin Concert Hall, and have performed as soloists with the Korean KBS Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Symphony Orchestra and the New Jersey Philharmonic. SG members also hold positions with prestigious orchestras such as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

Tickets for the concerts are $25 and $10 for students 18 years and younger. Seating is limited and tickets should be purchased in advance. The concert will begin at 7:30 pm. A reception honoring the artists will be hosted by Investors Bank (21 West Main Street, Freehold) following the concert.

The Downtown Concert Series is committed to bringing extraordinary musical artists to the intimate and historic venue of St. Peter’s Church located in downtown Freehold at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, New Jersey 07728. For additional information and to purchase tickets please visit our website at DowntownConcertSeries.org or call 732-431-8383.  Please refer to the website often as the 2014-1015 season will be unveiled very soon.