The Downtown Concert Series proudly announces its 2017-18 season with four memorable concerts that feature an internationally celebrated violinist, a virtuosic pianist, a cutting-edge saxophone quartet and an energetic chamber orchestra from the area. It all takes place at the historic St. Peter's Church in downtown Freehold. Season tickets are now available for purchase at our website: DowntownConcertSeries.org
The series kicks off its eighth season with a performance by Canadian born violinist Lara St John on September 23. St. John has been described as "something of a phenomenon" by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by the New York Times. She has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the world and been featured in People, US News and World Report, as well as on CNN's Showbiz Today, NPR's All Things Considered, CBC, BBC, a Bravo! Special: Live at the Rehearsal Hall and on the cover of Strings.
The concert series continues on November 18 with an evening of music by pianist Xiayin Wang, “an artist of keen musicality and sweeping virtuosity,” who has brought audiences to their feet with playing in the grand Romantic tradition. Having made numerous celebrated recordings and performed throughout the world, from New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, to music centers in South America, Europe, and Asia, she excites music lovers and critics alike with her impressive artistry. Ms. Wang has performed with the Baltimore, Houston, and Pittsburgh Symphonies, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma.
Enjoy the sounds of the East End Quartet on February 17, 2018. Formed in 2014 among graduate students at the Eastman School of Music, East End Quartet presents concerts described as “deep and powerful, sweet and high, fast and madcap” (SILive). East End is rapidly gaining recognition for its unique approach
to programming, which features close collaboration with composers, in-house arrangements, and an eclectic range of their own transcriptions for the saxophone quartet.
The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra concludes the season when they perform “music that matters” on May 19, 2018. Since its founding a half century ago, the group has evolved into a professional ensemble of about two dozen musicians that tackle some of the biggest assignments possible for chamber orchestras. Its repertoire runs the gamut from masterworks by Handel through Shostakovich but the orchestra’s real focus is new music – really new, as in just-commissioned. You can always expect to hear something unexpected.
Previous concerts in the series have included a Grammy winning string quartet (as well as two Grammy nominees), a percussion ensemble, solo harp, string orchestra, choral ensembles, pianists and much much more. The series seeks to continue that incredible diversity in this eighth season and beyond.
The Downtown Concert Series continues to fulfill its commitment to bring extraordinary musical artists to the intimate and historic venue at St. Peter’s Church located in downtown Freehold at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, New Jersey.
For additional information and to purchase tickets please visit our website at downtownconcertseries.org or call 732~431~8383.
Tickets for the concerts are $25 and $10 for students 18 years and younger. Seating is limited and tickets should be purchased in advance. A season subscription is also available at $80 for adults and $30 for those 18 and under.