The Downtown Concert Series announces 2017-18 season lineup

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.

The energetic Akropolis Reed Quintet to appear on the Downtown Concert Series stage in May

Hailed for their “infectious energy and intensity”, the Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on extraordinary musical adventures. Akropolis delivers passionate, energized, and unforgettable experiences and will be performing at the historic St. Peter’s Church in downtown Freehold on Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 PM.

Since being established in 2009 at the University of Michigan, Akropolis has captivated audiences throughout the United States with their ability to play modern compositions as well as their unique and refreshing arrangements of classical music. The unusual combination of saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, and bassoon requires that much of their music is either newly-composed, or new arrangements of music composed for a different medium. That is taken not as a liability, but rather as a challenge for this group which has commissioned at least 25 new works from composers around the globe. They have been recognized for their talent and innovation with a gold medal from the Fischoff Competition, the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award and five national chamber music prizes including grand prize at the Plowman and MTNA competitions. Fanfare Magazine has accurately described Akropolis as “playing with imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality”.

On May 13, Akropolis will present a program called "Under the Influence”. They will perform classical music bearing a wide array of influences, from rock and electronic music to jazz, chant, and folk songs. Each work absorbs the characteristics of a different genre, style, or era, and then creates fresh, relevant music, reflecting upon the original and looking forward. Akropolis also explores their own influences as a reed quintet as they build their ensemble's repertoire and re-visit their personal and collective inspirations by which they have forged their genre- bending identity. This concert comes just after Akropolis released their third studio album, The Space Between Us, several weeks ago. It follows their two highly acclaimed albums, High Speed Run and Unraveled, which impressed listeners and critics alike with their dynamic sound and intense precision.

Tickets for individual concerts are $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 years and younger. St. Peter’s Church is located in downtown Freehold at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, NJ. For additional information and to purchase tickets please visit our website at DowntownConcertSeries.org or call 732~431~8383.

Princeton’s American Boy Choir Graces The Downtown Concert Series Stage in February

The Downtown Concert Series is thrilled to bring one of America’s finest musical ensembles to the heart of Freehold. The American Boychoir, under the leadership of Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, has dazzled audiences with its unique blend of musical sophistication, spirited presentation, and ensemble virtuosity. The Boychoir performs regularly with world-class orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and is often featured with such illustrious conductors as James Levine, Charles Dutoit, and Alan Gilbert. They will be performing at St. Peter’s Church on Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 PM.

The American Boychoir is frequently invited to join internationally-renowned artists on stage, and the list of collaborators reflects the extraordinary range of the ensemble: from great classical artists such as Jessye Norman and Frederica von Stade to jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and pop icons Beyoncé and Sir Paul McCartney. The choir's young soloists are also in high demand and have joined forces with many orchestras across the country. As an icon of American musical excellence, the Boychoir has been invited to sing for every sitting U.S. President since John F. Kennedy. Touring frequently at home and abroad as preeminent ambassadors, the American Boychoir spreads messages of beauty and hope through outstanding musical achievement. “It’s a special opportunity to hear one of the country’s most respected choirs in performance right here in Freehold!” says Mark Hyczko, Artistic Director of the concert series.

Boys in 4th  through 8th  grades, reflecting the ethnic, religious and cultural diversity of the United States, come from across the country and around the world to pursue a rigorous musical and academic curriculum at the American Boychoir School in Princeton. The legacy of the Boychoir is preserved through an extensive recording catalog, which boasts over 45 commercial recordings and the launch of its own label, Albemarle Records.

Tickets for individual concerts are $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 years and younger.   St. Peter’s Church is located in downtown Freehold at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, NJ.  For additional information and to purchase tickets please visit our website at Downtownconcertseries.org or call 732~431~8383.

 

San Francisco’s Hottest Young Guitar Ensemble, Mobius Trio, Ignites the Downtown Concert Series Stage in November

The Downtown Concert Series 7th season continues on November 19th with the most inventive and exciting young guitar ensemble today, Mobius Trio. The Trio exclusively performs music that they have commissioned.  They seek to expand the guitar ensemble’s repertoire to encompass all of the myriad currents passing through contemporary art music.  That work has been well received, with performances in some of the country’s best concert halls, acclaimed recordings, and even broadcasts on NPR.

Mobius Trio was formed in 2010 by guitarists Robert Nance, Mason Fish, and Matthew Holmes-Linder while studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. They started things off with a bang, commissioning and learning five pieces within the span of a couple of months, and performing many of those pieces at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

Mobius Trio’s mission is to use the most popular, ubiquitous instrument in the world, the guitar, to create a new lexicon of music.  They collaborate with composers and other musicians to commission pieces that reflect this beautiful musical schizophrenia:  classical, punk, bebop, metal, folk, hardcore, and many other genres. One minute, they are premiering a new classical guitar trio by Brazilian guitar legend Sergio Assad, the next they’re using electric guitars to create a droning wave of feedback in Nick Vasallo’s Dark Matter.

Matt, Rob, and Mason are all accomplished, competition-winning guitarists in their own right, and they all live and work in San Francisco. Downtown Concert Series Artistic Director, Mark Hyczko, says, “It’s a phenomenal opportunity to hear Mobius live in one of their only concerts on the East Coast this season. They’re on the cutting edge of music today - commissioning works by some of the greatest living composers and using incredible effects for the unheard-of combination of three electric guitars. We’ve never had anything quite like it before!”

Tickets for individual concerts are $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 years and younger.   St. Peter’s Church is located in downtown Freehold at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, NJ.  For additional information and to purchase tickets please visit our website at Downtownconcertseries.org or call 732~431~8383.

 

The Downtown Concert Series Announces a Unique and Diverse 7th Season

The Downtown Concert Series is proud to introduce another season full of music that challenges you, entertains you, and expands your musical palette. The Downtown Concert Series is committed to bringing extraordinary musical artists to the intimate and historic venue at St. Peter’s Church in Freehold, NJ. 

Kicking off the series on September 24th , piano virtuoso Vyacheslav Gryaznov, brings his unique and compelling style to the stage.  He is one is one of the most accomplished and sought-after musicians among the new generation of Russian pianists.  He is an artist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and is known as the composer of numerous concert transcriptions which have become popular all over the world.  Music Life Magazine states, “there can be no doubt that Vyacheslav Gryaznov is one of the great wonders of modern pianism”.

The concert series continues on November 19th with the most inventive and exciting young guitar ensemble today, Mobius Trio.  Since the Trio’s inception in 2010, they have made a name as one of the Bay Area’s best and hottest young ensembles. Mobius Trio’s mission is to use the most popular, ubiquitous instrument in the world, the guitar, to create a new lexicon of music.  They collaborate with composers and other musicians to commission pieces that reflect this beautiful musical schizophrenia:  classical, punk, bebop, metal, folk, hardcore, and many other genres. One minute, they are premiering a new classical guitar trio by Brazilian guitar legend Sergio Assad and the next they’re using electric guitars to create a droning wave of feedback in Nick Vasallo’s Dark Matter.

On February 18, 2017, America's pre-eminent boychoir, The American Boychoir will fill our stage.  The choir has long been recognized as one of the finest musical ensembles in the country. Boys in fourth through eighth grades, reflecting the ethnic, religious and cultural diversity of the United States, come from across the country and around the world to pursue a rigorous musical and academic curriculum at the American Boychoir School in Princeton.  The choir's young soloists are also in high demand and have joined forces with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Spoleto Festival USA, to name a few. The Downtown Concert Series is pleased to be included as one of their 100 concerts stops this year.

The Akropolis Reed Quintet will close this season on May 13, 2017. The quintet takes listeners on extraordinary musical adventures, performing an innovative repertoire with acclaimed precision. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and the first ever reed quintet to win the Fischoff Gold Medal in 2014, their dynamic concerts feature accessible contemporary works framed by invigorating arrangements of classical music spanning four centuries. Akropolis has commissioned more than 25 adventurous new works from composers around the world in countries such as the United State, France, Turkey, Israel, and Serbia.  Their dynamic and driven performance is the perfect way to end this DCS  7th season.  

Tickets for individual concerts are $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 years and younger.   Season tickets will be $80 per adult and $30 for students. St. Peter’s Church is located in downtown Freehold at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, NJ.  For additional information and to purchase tickets please visit our website at Downtownconcertseries.org or call 732~431~8383.