Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 70th Anniversary Gala at the magical Astor Dairy Barns ! With your help and support, the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle can continue its mission of bringing exceptional chamber music to the Hudson Valley, celebrating works from the chamber music canon and championing young musicians and composers.
We are grateful to violinist Jennifer Koh for her performance of works by J.S. Bach and Missy Mazzoli, and to our sponsors, Board of Directors, and brave guests who, despite the weather, made the day a shining success! Indeed, in the words of Kevin McEneaney of The Millbrook Independent :
The Astor Dairy Barns were built in 1918 for one of our founders, Helen Hull when she was married to Vincent Astor, and designed in the French Provincial style by society architect Harrie T. Lindeberg. A private residence now for many years, this is a rare opportunity to visit this restored important architectural landmark.
Jennifer Koh, Grammy award-winning artist and protégée of our artistic director Jaime Laredo, Koh has been appointed the new Artistic Director of the Kennedy Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Concerts, a post formerly held by the late and beloved Yossi Kalichstein of the renowned Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. She has expanded the contemporary violin repertoire through a wide range of commissioning projects and has premiered more than 100 works written especially for her. Her quest for the new and unusual, her sense of endless curiosity, and her ability to lead and inspire a host of multidisciplinary collaborators truly set Koh apart.
“In the top echelons of classical music, the violinist Jennifer Koh is by any measure a star . . . .” —New York Times
The Gala program will include works by J.S. Bach and Missy Mazzoli, whose works have been performed by the Kronos Quartet, LA Opera, eighth blackbird, the BBC Symphony, Scottish Opera, among others. Recently deemed “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out NY), in 2018 she became one of the first two women, along with Jeanine Tesori, to receive a main stage commission from the Metropolitan Opera. In fall 2022 she joined the faculty of Bard College Conservatory of Music as Composer-in-Residence.
“. . . one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York.” —New York Times
Get your tickets soon, as space is limited!