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Music from the Leroy Anderson House - Concerts

Leroy Anderson Foundation
Concerts
Spring - Early Summer 2023

Yale Octet Chamber Music Ensemble from the Yale Graduate School of Music performing Franz Schubert's Octet in F major, D.803; Friday, May 12 at 3:30 p.m.; Southbury Public Library, Kingsley Room, Southbury, Connecticut. Yale Octet concert sponsored by Leroy Anderson Foundation.

Candlewood Brass Quintet Performing a selection of classical and popular compositions for brass quintet; Saturday, May 20 at 3:00 p.m.; Rain Date: Sunday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m.; Leroy Anderson House, Terrace + Lawn, Woodbury, Connecticut

Westfarms Quartet Performing Beethoven String Quartet No. 13 in Bb Major, Op. 130; Saturday, June 10 at 3:00 p.m.; Rain date: Sunday, June 11 at 3:00 p.m.; Leroy Anderson House, Terrace + Lawn, Woodbury, Connecticut

Note: For outdoor concerts at the Leroy Anderson House, admission is free but email reservations are required. Bring your own folding chair and sit anywhere on the lawn that you like. The acoustics are excellent no matter where you sit. Create your own social distancing.


Candlewood Brass Quintet at Leroy Anderson House
Candlewood Brass Quintet Concert
Leroy Anderson House, Woodbury, Connecticut
Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

Adella-Carlson at Leroy Anderson House
Adella Carlson Contemporary Clarinet Recital
Leroy Anderson House, Woodbury, Connecticut
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

Miller Porfiris Duo by Marc Russell
Miller Porfiris Duo - photo by Marc Russell
Woodbury Public Library, Woodbury, Connecticut
January 7, 2023


Music from the Leroy Anderson House

STRINGS AT A COMPOSER'S HOME
by Howard Fielding
Sept. 12, 2022

Leroy Anderson was the mid-century modern composer whose home in Woodbury, Connecticut was appropriately Mid-Century Modern. The house is owned by the composer's family foundation and is open on select weekends as a museum of his life and legacy. Several times a year, the home hosts concerts as part of a series. Usually these are outdoors on the lawn, but some more intimate performances have been in the living room around the composer's piano.

Westfarms Quartet by Marc Russell
Westfarms Quartet at Leroy Anderson House 2022 - photo by Marc Russell

The performance by the Westfarms Quartet that was originally scheduled for June took place Saturday, September 10, 2022. The Connecticut-based quartet features regulars Mike Winer, violin, and Dylan Lomangino, viola. On Saturday, they were joined by Selah Kwak on violin and Kaila Piscitelli on cello.

The Leroy Anderson House is in a quiet residential neighborhood perfect for an afternoon concert. Acoustics were fine for the nuanced performance of Mendelssohn's Quartet No. 2 in A Minor Op. 13 and Haydn's "Sunrise" Quartet No. 63 in Bb Major, Op. 76, No. 4. The quartet was accompanied only by the birds and crickets of the surrounding woods.

The quartet performed Anderson's "Blue Tango" as an encore, much as the Boston Pops would with the composer's works at the end of a concert. "Blue Tango," Anderson's first big hit, sounds quite different when played by a string quartet but still delighted the audience.

Afterward, a newcomer to the concert series described the afternoon as "a little bit of Tanglewood" - which is exactly what it was meant to be.

Tanglewoodbury. It sort of has a ring to it, doesn't it?

Howard Fielding
Blog: Living Here Together
Photo: Marc Russell



Concerts and Events
September 2022

  • Saturday, September 10, 2022 3 p.m.

    Westfarms Quartet
    will perform Haydn's Quartet No. 63 in Bb Major "Sunrise" Op. 76 No. 4 and Mendelssohn's Quartet No. 2 in A Minor Op. 13. This concert will take place on the Terrace and lawn outdoors at the Leroy Anderson House. Admission is free by advance reservation only.

    Returning for its second year, the Westfarms Quartet will include violinist Selah Kwak, violinist Mike Winer violist Dylan Lomangino, and cellist Kaila Piscitelli.

    If Saturday's weather does not allow the concert to take place, the concert will be postponed to the following day, Sunday, September 11 at 3:00 p.m.

    To reserve, please send an email with the number of guests and their names to: leroyandersonfoundation@gmail.com. We will confirm your reservation via email.

Many thanks to the Friends of the Leroy Anderson Foundation whose donations support the concerts at the Leroy Anderson House. Here is the link to the Friends Membership Form: Friends  
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Enjoy a special music program on July 4, 2022 at 4 pm on WMNR Fine Arts Radio with Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart who narrates the hour-long holiday special featuring music composed by Leroy Anderson as performed by the Boston Pops. Seiji Ozawa, John Williams & Leroy Anderson provide commentary on the music. The program includes Leroy Anderson's distinctive arrangements of music by George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Meredith Willson. This program is underwritten in part by the Leroy Anderson Foundation. www.leroyandersonfoundation.org



The Westfarms Quartet concert at the Leroy Anderson House that was scheduled for Sunday, June 12 at 3 pm is postponed to a date to be determined. A forecast of rain with wind gusts to 20 mph for Sunday afternoon causes us to postpone this outdoor concert. Everyone who registered to attend the concert will receive an invitation to the rescheduled concert. We will also publicize the concert on our website and in newspapers.



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Westfarms Quartet will perform at the Leroy Anderson House, June 12, 2022. Admission is free by advance reservation only. To reserve, please send an email to: leroyandersonfoundation@gmail.com.



Many thanks to the Friends of the Leroy Anderson Foundation whose donations support the concerts at the Leroy Anderson House.

Here is the link to the Friends Membership Form: Friends  



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Imperial Brass of Westfield, New Jersey gave a superb concert on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at the Leroy Anderson House. The audience and the band appreciated the deep shade and gentle breeze which added to the enjoyment of the band's fine musicianship. Watch this video of images by Marc Russsell from the concert to Serenata by Leroy Anderson recorded in 2017 by the Imperial Brass for their compact disc.

Video link on leroyandersonfoundation.org (no advertising): Imperial Brass

YouTube video link (with advertising): Imperial Brass


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The Imperial Brass of Westfield, New Jersey will present a concert at the Leroy Anderson House in Woodbury, Connecticut on Saturday, May 21, 2022. The program, titled "Americans We", will include music by Leroy Anderson, George Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Henry Fillmore, Adrian Drover, Dag Wirén and Emil Söderström. Formed in 1991, the 25-member Imperial Brass is conducted by Ronald Waiksnoris.

The concert is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Leroy Anderson Foundation and the Newtown Savings Bank.

The Leroy Anderson House, a historic house museum, is located at 33 Grassy Hill Road. Admission is free. Reservations are required. To reserve a place, send an email to: leroyandersonfoundation@gmail.com. Bring a folding chair.

Rain Date: Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 3 pm.

Many thanks to the Friends of the Leroy Anderson Foundation whose donations support the concerts at the Leroy Anderson House. Additional support for today's concert comes from Newtown Savings Bank.

Here is the link to the Friends Membership Form: Friends  



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Music from the Leroy Anderson House

Concerts and Events
April, May, June 2022

  • Sunday, April 24, 2022 3 p.m.
    Beethoven Sonatas

    Pianist Takeshi Nagayasu will perform Beethoven's Piano Sonata in A Major Opus 101, movements 1, 2, 3, and 4. Cellist Joseph Darcourt and Mr. Nagayasu will perform the Beethoven Cello Sonata in A Major Opus 69, movements 1, 2 and 3. Joseph and Takeshi will also perform their arrangement of "Forgotten Dreams" by Leroy Anderson whose father Bror Anton Anderson was born this day in 1879 near Kristianstad, Sweden.

    Takeshi Nagayasu is a student in the master's program at Yale School of Music. He received his B.A. in Piano from Juilliard. This will be Mr. Nagayasu's first performance at the Leroy Anderson House. Joseph Darcourt is a student of cellist Astrid Schween in the pre-college program at Juilliard. Mr. Darcourt has been performing every year at the Leroy Anderson House since 2019.

  • Saturday, May 21, 2022, 3 p.m.
    Imperial Brass
    from Westfield, New Jersey. The program, titled "Americans We", will include music by Leroy Anderson, George Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Henry Fillmore, Adrian Drover, Dag Wirén and Emil Söderström. Formed in 1991, the 25-member Imperial Brass is conducted by Ronald Waiksnoris. The Imperial Brass is one of the best brass bands in the US. They have recorded the music of Leroy Anderson. This concert will take place on the Terrace and lawn outdoors at the Leroy Anderson House. In the event of rain, the concert will take place Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 2 p.m. Admission is free by advance reservation only.

  • Leroy-Anderson-House
    Saturday, June 11, 2022 12 - 5 p.m.
    Connecticut Open House Day 2022

    Tours, exhibit, free admission.


  • Sunday, June 12, 2022 3 p.m.
    Westfarms Quartet
    will perform Haydn's Quartet No. 63 in Bb Major "Sunrise" Op. 76 No. 4 and Mendelssohn's Quartet No. 2 in A Minor Op. 13. This concert will take place on the Terrace and lawn outdoors at the Leroy Anderson House. Admission is free by advance reservation only.

    Returning for its second year, the Westfarms Quartet will include violinist Selah Kwak, violinist Mike Winer violist Dylan Lomangino, and cellist Max Hanks.

Late 2021 Open Days//  Many thanks to Cynthia and Zander Bos for their piano and violin concert titled "Prelude to an Autumn Wedding" and to Joseph Darcourt, cello, Ivan Morozov, clarinet, and Luis Ortiz, piano from the Juilliard School for their concert.  It was a pleasure to welcome volunteers and board members from the Glebe House Museum recently for a tour.  We look forward to opening the Leroy Anderson House.  Look for the schedule of Open Days posted just above.



Concerts and Events
May to November 2021

  • Sunday, May 23, 2021 3 p.m.
    Westfarms Quartet

    Program: Mozart's String Quartet No. 17 in B flat, K. 458 "Hunt" and Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 "American".

    Mike Winer, violin, has received music degrees in Cleveland, Boston, and Kansas City, Missouri. He is a member of the music faculty of the Glastonbury Public Schools, of the Farmington Summer String Academy, and gives private lessons.

    Mai Vestergaard, violin, is the concertmaster of the University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. She has undergraduate degrees in Music and in Pharmacy from UConn. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health and a Doctor of Pharmacy at UConn. Mai has also performed the Bruch Double Concerto as a soloist with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in engagements in China, Austria, Italy, and Japan.

    Dylan Lomangino, viola, received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Connecticut in 2014 and a Master of Science in Music Education from the University of Bridgeport in 2016. He plays viola in the CT Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Beth El Symphony Orchestra and is the music director of the Northeast Connecticut Community Orchestra. Dylan is currently the elementary strings teacher at Riverside Magnet School in East Hartford, a program that he began in the Fall of 2018. He lives in Bloomfield but grew up in Farmington where he still teaches during the summer at the Suzuki String Academy.

    Kai Vestergaard, cello, has been playing the cello for 14 years. He studied with Ole Akahoshi and Jeff Krieger. He was a soloist for annual West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concerts. He also played Dvorak's Cello Concerto with Glastonbury High School Orchestra as a soloist. He will be attending Brown University studying Mechanical Engineering and Cognitive Science starting in the Fall of 2021.

  • Saturday, September 25, 2021, 3 p.m.
    Mark and Beverly Davis Guitar Duo

    Program: Toy for Two Lutes by Thomas Robinson (1560-1609); La Rossignol (Anon), Drewries Accordes (Anon - Lady Jane Pickering's Lute Book of 1616), Sonata in A, L. 428 by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), Andante (Concerto for Two Mandolins) by A. Vivaldi (1678-1741), Sonata in A minor by Antonio Soler (1729-1783), Un Dia en Noviembre by Leo Brouwer (b. 1939), Suite all'Antica para dos guitarras by Guido Santorsola (1904-1994), Preludio, Tempo di Minuetto, Piccola Arietta, Finale; Three English folksongs (from "Chords and Thyme") by Edward Flower (b. 1948), The Death of Queen Jane, Barbara Allen, I Wish; Four Celtic pieces: Wild Mountain Thyme by Edward Flower, My Last Farewell to Sterling by Edward Flower, Farewell to Stromness by Peter Maxwell Davis (1934-2016), The Lass of Patey's Mill by Edward Flower.

    Mark Davis is the director of the New American Mandolin Ensemble, has conducted the Providence Mandolin Orchestra since 1989 and also performs on mandolin with The Hampton Trio.

    Beverly Davis studied the classical guitar with Reed Desrosier at Keene State College. She is President of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra and performs with the New American Mandolin Ensemble and the Hampton Trio.

  • Sunday, October 24, 2022, 2 p.m.
    Prelude to an Autumn Wedding
    Cynthia Bos, piano, Zander Bos, violin

    Program: Canon in D by Pachelbel, Prelude in G Minor by J. S. Bach, Nettleton (Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing) Unknown How Lovely is the Morning Star by Hugh Sung, Slane (Be Thou My Vision) Irish Folk Tune, Like a River Glorious by James Mountain, Thaxted (O God Beyond All Praising) by Gustav Holst, Pavane by Gabriel Fauré, Gabriel's Oboe (excerpt) by Ennio Morricone, Laudate Dominum by W. A. Mozart, Grassy Hill by Cynthia Bos, Autumn Wedding Waltz, Forgotten Dreams by Leroy Anderson.

    Cynthia Bos is a pianist who specializes in liturgical music and composition. She lives with her family in West Hartford, Connecticut. Cynthia's son, Zander Bos, is a violinist and trumpet player who enjoys playing different styles of music, including fiddle, folk and worship music. Zander has a special interest in creating his own arrangements and harmonies of the music he performs.

  • Sunday, November 7, 2021, 1:30 p.m.
    Joseph Darcourt, Ivan Morozov and Luis Ortiz

    Program: Bach Cello Suite No. 4: Prelude, Allemande, Sarabande, Gigue, Joseph Darcourt, cello; Étude No. 15 by Cyrille Rose, Ivan Morozov, clarinet; Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Mvt. 1 by Ivan V. Morozov, Ivan Morozov, clarinet, Luis Ortiz, piano; Lalo Cello Concerto, Mvt. 1 by Edouard Lalo, Joseph Darcourt, cello, Luis Ortiz, piano; Salut d' Amour by Edward Elgar, Joseph Darcourt, cello, Luis Ortiz, piano; Arietta by Leroy Anderson, Joseph Darcourt, cello, Ivan Morozov, clarinet.

    Luis Ortiz holds degrees from Juilliard, Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester.
    Ivan Morozov is a Russian clarinetist who has lived in New York since age 10 and has studied clarinet at Juilliard for eight years. He is a self-taught pianist and composer who loves chess. This is his first performance at the Leroy Anderson House.
    Joseph Darcourt is a student of cellist Astrid Schween in the pre-college program at Juilliard. Mr. Darcourt has been performing every year at the Leroy Anderson House since 2019.

//  The concert scheduled for this Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Leroy Anderson House in Woodbury, Connecticut has been cancelled.

Out of concern for the safety of all, the Leroy Anderson Foundation has concluded that the safe and prudent thing to do is to cancel all public events at the Leroy Anderson until at least mid-May.  We do not want to create undue risk by having a public event in the midst of this epidemic which is in its early stages.

Notices concerning future events and Open Days will be posted here.  Thank you for your understanding and support.


Leroy Anderson Foundation
March 12, 2020

 


 

Leroy Anderson House: © Rolf AndersonMany thanks to clarinetist Daniel Williams and pianist Susan Anthony-Klein for a superb concert Sunday afternoon, Jan 5, 2020 at the Leroy Anderson House.  Daniel's and Susan's performance of the "Grand Duo Concertant, Opus 48" by Carl Maria von Weber, Massenet's Meditation de "Thaïs" by Jules Massenet, and the "Clarinet Sonatina (H 356)" by Bohuslav Martinů delighted the capacity audience which included some student musicians from Woodbury.  Thanks also to the Friends of the Leroy Anderson Foundation for their support of this concert.  It was wonderful to see so many new and old friends share in this wonderful musical performance by Daniel Williams and Susan Anthony-Klein at the former home of composer Leroy Anderson and Eleanor Anderson.

Open Days, Concerts + other Events
March, April, May + June 2020

Open Days, concerts and other events will be posted here as we develop our plans for March, April, May and June of 2020.


OPEN DAYS

January 2020

Saturday, January 4, 2020  1 pm - 5 pm


New Year's Concert
Daniel Williams, clarinet and Susan Anthony-Klein, piano

Sunday, January 5, 2020, 3 pm

Daniel Williams, clarinet and Susan Anthony-Klein, piano, will present a "New Year's Concert" of music for clarinet and piano at the Leroy Anderson House in Woodbury on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 3 pm.  The duo will perform compositions by Carl Maria von Weber, Bohuslav Martinů and other composers.

The concert is free.  Seating is limited.  Reservations are required.

Daniel Williams excelled as a clarinetist in wind bands in middle and high school, receiving top awards in the New Hampshire and New England Band Festivals.  At UMass Amherst Daniel received his BA in Clarinet Performance and performed in the college orchestra, wind ensemble and wind quintet.  He even played tenor saxophone in the orchestra for Broadway shows produced by the Theater Guild.

He currently studies clarinet with Kai-Yun Lu, a clarinet teacher at Boston University and a frequent performer with the Boston Symphony.

Susan Anthony-Klein has her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from The University of Connecticut and her Master of Music Performance degree from Ithaca College in New York.  She was music director at Salem Covenant Church in Washington, CT for 28 years.  She was the accompanist for The St. Cecelia Chorus in New York City under the direction of David Randolph.  She performed with that group at Carnegie Hall for five years in a total of seven performances including major choral works of Bach, Haydn and Orff.  Susan toured throughout the United States with the Norman Luboff Choir and the Robert deCormier Singers.

At Western Connecticut State University she has taught class piano, private students and has been the accompanist for the opera program.  She is the accompanist for both The Naugatuck Community Choir and The Newtown Choral Society in rehearsal and performance.

The Leroy Anderson House is the former home of the composer Leroy Anderson and his wife Eleanor Anderson.  On the National Register of Historic Places, this historic house museum is owned by the Leroy Anderson Foundation.

For more information or for reservations contact the Leroy Anderson Foundation at leroyandersonfoundation@gmail.com.

 

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Many thanks for a wonderful Advent concert

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 2 pm

Many thanks to Cynthia Bos, Zander Bos and Joseph Darcourt for a wonderful concert of music for Advent.  The trio performed "O Come, O Come Emmanuel", "What Child is this ?", "The Wexford Carol", "The Angel Gabriel, "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (Forest Green), "Ave Maria, Charles Gounod / J. S. Bach (Joseph Darcourt, cello), "Later Folia" melody / Laudate Dominum, "Once in Royal David's City", Henry J. Gauntlett, "Il est Né, Le Divan Enfant" (Zander Bos, voce), "Un Flambeau, Jeanette Isabella", "Ave Maria" (Franz Schubert) (Zander Bos, violin), "O Holy Night" / Placide Cappeau lyrics (Zander Bos, voce). The audience joined the trio by singing "Silent Night", Franz Gruber music / Joseph Mohr lyrics.

Compliments for the fine Advent concert at the Leroy Anderson House given by Cynthia, Bos, Zander Bos, and Joseph Darcourt included this note of appreciation:  "Thank you for the opportunity to hear wonderful, soulful music today.  It was truly an Advent blessing!  And The Swedish holiday décor was exceptional.  - Ron and Lillian Ames.

 

An Advent Afternoon - A Holiday Music Concert with Cynthia Bos

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 2 pm

Cynthia Bos will present a concert of piano music for Advent at the Leroy Anderson House on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 2:00 PM.

Cynthia Bos is an accompanist, arranger and composer who plays and writes beautiful music for her own enjoyment and that of others.  She plays several instruments, including the piano, flute and guitar.  Cynthia specializes in liturgical church music and in composition and improvisation.  She has a particular interest in improvisational collaboration with other musicians.  She also seeks to encourage and develop the musical skills of others.  While Cynthia often plays for church and outside events, she most enjoys sharing her music with family and friends.  Cynthia and her family live in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Cynthia Bos will be accompanied by her son Zander Bos, violin, and by Joseph Darcourt, cello. The concert is free.  Seating is limited.  Reservations required.  leroyandersonfoundation@gmail.com

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Musique Française: French concert music

November 3, 2019, 3 pm

"Musique Française," a program of French concert music and chansons, will be presented at the Leroy Anderson House in Woodbury, on Sunday, November 3 at 3 p.m.  The concert is sponsored by the Leroy Anderson Foundation.  Performers include Rebecca Nesmith, soprano, Jennifer Anthony-Bogue, flute, Joseph Darcourt, cello, and Susan Anthony-Klein, piano.  They will perform works by Berlioz, Debussy, Fauré, Gounod, Ibert, Massenet and Ravel.

The concert is free.  Seating is limited.  Reservations required.  leroyandersonfoundation@gmail.com

Divertimenti: Light concert music for a summer afternoon

June 30, 2019, 3 pm

"Divertimenti", a program of light concert music, will be presented Sunday, June 30 at 3 pm.  Performers include Rebecca Nesmith, soprano, Jennifer Anthony-Bogue, flute, Joseph Darcourt, cello and Susan Anthony-Klein, piano.  They will perform works by J.S. Bach, Bolling, Fauré, Franck, Gershwin, Massenet, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Leroy Anderson. Seating is limited.  Reservations required.  leroyandersonfoundation@gmail.com

Cynthia Bos and Zander Bos to perform at Leroy Anderson House

THANK YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR WONDERFUL, SOULFUL MUSIC TODAY. IT WAS TRULY AN ADVENT BLESSING! AND THE SWEDISH HOLIDAY DECOR WAS EXCEPTIONAL. Leroy Anderson House

Pianist Cynthia Bos and violinist Zander Bos will entertain visitors at the Leroy Anderson House in Woodbury, Connecticut on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm as part of Connecticut Open House Day.

Cynthia Bos is a pianist, accompanist, arranger and composer who specializes in liturgical church music, composition and improvisation.  She lives with her family in West Hartford, Connecticut.  Cynthia's son, Zander Bos, age 11, is a classically trained violinist, who has been studying violin for six years.  Zander enjoys playing different styles of music, including fiddle and sacred music, and has a special interest in improvisation and writing his own harmonies.  In addition to playing the violin, Zander studies the trumpet.  Their program will feature familiar light concert pieces composed by Leroy Anderson.

The Leroy Anderson House, a historic house museum, is located at 33 Grassy Hill Road.  The Mid-20th Century Modern house is on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is one of the few homes of a composer in the United States that is occasionally open to the public.  Members of the Friends of the Leroy Anderson Foundation will be on hand to provide guided tours of the house from 11 am to 5 pm.  On Connecticut Open House Day admission to the Leroy Anderson House is free to residents of Connecticut thanks to the support of the Friends of the Leroy Anderson Foundation.  Reservations are not necessary.

Miller Porfiris Duo to perform at Leroy Anderson House

Miller Porfiris Duo

The Miller Porfiris Duo will present a concert of classical music titled "An American Songbook, reimagined" at the Leroy Anderson House in Woodbury on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 3:00 pm.  The program will include works by Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Bohuslav Martinu, Leroy Anderson, Aaron Copland, and more.

Anton Miller (violin) and Rita Porfiris (viola) are members of the faculty of the Hartt School in Connecticut.  The duo has been in residency and given seminars and masterclasses at festivals and institutions across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.  Recent seasons have seen tours around the United States, Iceland,Taiwan and Israel; with critically acclaimed performances on the Chamber Music of Little Rock, Chamber Music Pittsburgh, Tel Aviv Museum, and Icelandic Chamber Society series.

The Leroy Anderson House, a historic house museum, is located at 33 Grassy Hill Road.  Admission is free thanks to a grant from the Newtown Savings Bank and with the support of the Friends of the Leroy Anderson Foundation.

Seating is very limited.  Reservations are required.  To reserve a place, send an email to: leroyandersonfoundation@gmail.com.

Juilliard MAP Wind Ensemble Orchestra and String Ensemble
to perform works by Leroy Anderson
Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Lincoln Center, New York, NY

The Juilliard School's MAP Wind Ensemble Orchestra and String Ensemble will perform"The Syncopated Clock", "Fiddle-Faddle" and "Arietta" by Leroy Anderson at their spring concert on May 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m, at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center.  This performance was the result of a visit to the Leroy Anderson House by cellist and Juilliard music student Joseph Darcourt and his parents.  Joseph is a member of the Music Advancement Program (MAP) Wind Ensemble Orchestra and the String Ensemble.  Joseph Darcourt has been named the first place winner of the international American Protégé concerto and Musical Talent competitionS.

After performing at the Leroy Anderson House at an Advent concert on December 8 and 9, 2018, Joseph began to learn "Arietta" by Leroy Anderson as a solo performance for cello.  He then brought the composition to Murray Colosimo, conductor of the Juilliard's MAP Orchestra, for his consideration.  The result is that the Juilliard's MAP Wind Ensemble Orchestra and String Ensemble will perform "Arietta", "Fiddle-Faddle" and "The Syncopated Clock" by Leroy Anderson at their spring concert on May 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m, at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Tickets are not necessary.

Parnassus String Quartet
Leroy Anderson Foundation
Woodbury Senior Community Center

The Parnassus String Quartet of New Haven, Connecticut presented "An Afternoon with Mozart and Brahms," on Sunday, April 7 at the Woodbury Senior Community Center.  The free concert was made possible by the Leroy Anderson Foundation.  The members of the quartet - Emily Switzer (1st violin), Gregory Lewis (2nd violin), Marta Lambert (viola) and Bo Bae Lee (cello) are second-year Masters of Music students at Yale University School of Music.  They were awarded first prize in the annual Yale University String Quartet Competition.  The quartet was joined by Vincent de Luise (clarinet).  The ensemble presented the Mozart "Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet in A major" and the Brahms "Quintet in B minor".  Music series chair Lynne Kearney welcomed the 130 people who attended the concert and thanked the Leroy Anderson Foundation on behalf of the Friends of the Woodbury Senior Community Center.

 


     

Winter 2018

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE DAYS

Early Winter 2018

Saturday, December 1, 2018  11 am - 5 pm
  Woodbury's Christmas Festival !

Sunday, December 2, 2018  1 pm - 5 pm

Saturday, December 8, 2018  11 am - 5 pm
  Music for Advent - A Holiday Concert with Cynthia Bos

Sunday, December 9, 2018  1 pm - 5 pm

Music for Advent - A Holiday Concert with Cynthia Bos

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Cynthia Bos will present a concert of piano music for Advent at the Leroy Anderson House on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 1:00 PM.

Cynthia Bos is an accompanist, arranger and composer who plays and writes beautiful music for her own enjoyment and that of others.  She plays several instruments, including the piano, flute and guitar.  Cynthia specializes in liturgical church music and in composition and improvisation.  She has a particular interest in improvisational collaboration with other musicians.  She also seeks to encourage and develop the musical skills of others.  While Cynthia often plays for church and outside events, she most enjoys sharing her music with family and friends.  Cynthia and her family live in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Admission is free.  Reservations are encouraged.  To reserve a place, send an email to: info [at] leroyandersonfoundation.org.

 

Yulia Fedorov performs at Leroy Anderson House
September 9, 2018

Yulia Fedorov

Pianist Yulia Fedorov of Trumbull, Connecticut presented a program of classical music at the Leroy Anderson House in Woodbury, Connecticut on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm.  She presented works by Schumann, McDowell, Liszt, Grieg, Chopin, Beethoven, J.S. Bach and Leroy Anderson.  This was the first public music performance at the Leroy Anderson House since the Anderson home was designated a Historic House Museum by the Town of Woodbury.  The concert included the premiere of Ms. Fedorov's arrangement of the 2nd movement "Andante" of Leroy Anderson's Piano Concerto in C.  A capacity audience gave Ms. Fedorov a sustained ovation after her brilliant performance.

"Her program was delightful and her performance was perfect", said Rolf Anderson, Vice President of the Leroy Anderson Foundation.  "We look forward to Yulia Fedorov's next performance at the Leroy Anderson House."

A native of Ukraine, Yulia Fedorov earned a degree in Piano Performance and Music Theory at Dnipro Conservatory of Music.  She next received her Master's degree in Music Education, Music Theory, Composition and Music History from Lviv Conservatory of Music.  In Connecticut she earned her Master of Science in Music Education at Western Connecticut State University.  Since 2002 Yulia has been teaching piano and music in Westport and Trumbull, Connecticut and performing in multiple concerts as a soloist and an accompanist.  Yulia has been enjoying teaching music and inspiring her students for over twenty years.  She lives with her husband and three children in Trumbull, Connecticut.

 


Northeast Connecticut Community Orchestra

June 21, 2018

The Northeast Connecticut Community Orchestra will present a concert titled "From Bach to Blue Tango" at the Southbury Public Library on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the library's Kingsley Room.  Based in Woodstock in Connecticut's "Quiet Corner", the Northeast Connecticut Community Orchestra was founded in 2012 by music teacher Yaroslav Tereshchenko, then of Mansfield, CT.  Since then, the string orchestra has played one spring and one winter concert each year, performing music written by composers ranging from Vivaldi and Mozart to Scott Joplin and the Beatles.  After the 2016 Christmas concert, Tereshchenko joined the Omaha (Nebraska) Conservatory faculty.  Dylan Lomangino of Mansfield, CT became the orchestra's conductor and music director.  Along with playing viola and teaching music in Connecticut schools, he now considers conducting to be his calling.  Comprised of 20 musicians performing on violin, viola, cello and double bass, the Windham County-based ensemble will bring approximately 10 members to the Southbury performance.

The Northeast Connecticut Community Orchestra is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  The concert in Southbury will be their first performance in Western Connecticut.  This concert is made possible by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library and the Leroy Anderson Foundation.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this presentation is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency.  Registration is required.  Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register or visit the Reference Desk.

Contact: Shirley Thorson, Head Librarian
Southbury Public library
100 Poverty Rd.
Southbury, CT 06488
203-262-0626 ext. 140 www.southburylibrary.org


 

The Foundation seeks to create partnerships with others to further the foundation's goal of honoring Leroy Anderson and supporting music and music education.

The Foundation supports music performance and music education through charitable support of:

  • music programs at the Leroy Anderson House
  • exhibits and lectures
  • scholarships for music students

 

Music Performances and Music Education

The Leroy Anderson Foundation is pleased to support music performances and music education in 2018 and 2019 at the Leroy Anderson House in Woodbury, Connecticut and at the Woodbury Senior Community Center in Woodbury, Connecticut. In 2018 and prior years the Leroy Anderson Foundation has provided support for music programs organized by the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, Connecticut; the Naugatuck Community Choir in Naugatuck, Connecticut; the Northeast Connecticut Community Orchestra in Woodstock, Connecticut; the Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra in West Hartford, Connecticut; and at the Southbury Public Library in Southbury, Connecticut.

 

For Music Directors

Performances of the music of composer Leroy Anderson

The Leroy Anderson Foundation is writing a history about the composer Leroy Anderson.  The book will include a chapter describing the popularity of Leroy Anderson's music in Europe. We would like to include information about performances of his music with a special focus on the centennial year 2008.  Please help by sending information about your performances of Leroy Anderson's music.  We appreciate receiving text in the original language.  Physical copies of concert programs are of special interest for the archives.  We appreciate, however, receiving a digital file via e-mail.

If we receive information about future concerts well in advance, we can help to publicize the concert through the newsletter page of the official website for the composer: leroyanderson.com.  Musicians as well as listeners may send comments about Leroy Anderson's music in their native language to the Guestbook page of the composer's official website: leroyanderson.com.  Your comments will help us to present a European perspective about Leroy Anderson's music.