Choral ensemble to celebrate spring

The Westfair Chamber Singers, pictured here, are slated for a festive performance at the church.

The Westfair Chamber Singers, pictured here, are slated for a festive performance at the church.

Spring has sprung according to Westfair Singers, a women’s choral ensemble under the musical direction of Mary Jane Newman and the group will present a “Spring is Here” concert on Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m., at The Second Congregational Church in Greenwich.

Selections include music by Leonard Bernstein, Handel, Antonio Lotti, Randall Thompson and Anthony Newman. Guest artists are organist/composter Anthony Newman, trumpeter David Glukh, pianist Andrew Gordon and clarinetist Moran Katz.

Ms. Newman is widely recognized as a conductor, harpsichordist, organist and recording artist throughout the U.S. and Europe. She made her New York debut in 1986 in Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series at Alice Tully Hall. Ms. Newman has also been soloist with the Cracow Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, as well as conductor of Musica Antiqua New York, the Brandenburg Collegium, and at the prestigious Mozart Festival in Prague. She is founder and conductor of Parthenia XII, a women’s classical chamber music ensemble.

Mr. Newman, described by Wynton Marsalis as “The High Priest of Bach” and by Time Magazine as “The High Priest of the Harpsichord,” has maintained a 41-year career as America’s leading organist, harpsichordist and Bach specialist with a recording output of more than 170 CDs. As a keyboard artist, he has performed more than 60 times at Lincoln Center and has also conducted major chamber and symphonic orchestras around the world. A prolific composer, he has received 26 consecutive composer’s awards from ASCAP.

Mr. Glukh, trumpeter, has performed on live television and radio broadcasts including NPR, WQXR 96.3 and Kol Ha Musica (Israeli Classical Music Radio Station). As a soloist, Mr. Glukh has appeared with the Louisville Orchestra, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Jupiter Symphony, Raanana Symphoniette, IDF Orchestra, Ulianovsk Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Melodia.

Mr. Gordon is the principal keyboardist of the Greenwich Symphony and appears regularly with the symphony’s Chamber Players. He has also performed as a member of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the Ridgefield Symphony and the Waterbury Symphony, and in 2011 was a featured soloist with the Greenwich Symphony in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #5. He maintains a private studio and coaches voice majors at Western Connecticut State University.

Ms. Katz, a clarinetist, performs extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. She has appeared as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, the Collegium Musicum Basel and Albany Symphony. As a chamber musician, she performs with the internationally acclaimed music ensemble Continuum, as well as with the jazz ensemble led by pianist Uri Caine. Ms. Moran is a founding member of Shuffle Concert, an audience-interactive ensemble. She was the 2009 first-prize winner at the Freiburg International Clarinet Competition in Germany.

The Westfair Singers, founded in 1987, is an ensemble of female singers who enjoy the unique harmonies and textures of music for three and four-part women’s voices. They have received critical acclaim for their innovative programming with repertoire ranging from classical to Broadway to popular.

Tickets cost $20 at the presale and $25 at the door. For more information call 203-629-9814.

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