Taste of Tanglewood
Friday, February 8, 2019
West Side Presbyterian Church
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Hawthorne High School Band
Garah and Gregory Landes
Ron Levy, internationally acclaimed pianist, has been called “first-class” by the New York Times. He regularly appears in major venues, both as a soloist, and in partnership with many of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. A graduate of Oberlin, Mr. Levy has been pianist and harpsichordist of the Oberlin Orchestra, the Westchester Symphony, and the Albany Symphony, among others. Presently, he is the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood Music Director, Associate Artist with the All Seasons Chamber Players, and is the pianist of the Orpheus Men’s Chorus and the award-winning Palisades Virtuosi of which he is a founding member. For over 20 years, Mr. Levy was associated with the Manchester (VT) Music Festival, of which he was a faculty and Board member. While living in Vermont, he was Music Director & Conductor of the Opera Theatre in Weston, and impresario of the “Third Saturday” chamber music series at the historic Equinox Hotel, as well as the “Music on the Hill” music series at the Southern Vermont Art Center. Mr. Levy has taught at numerous colleges and is currently an instructor at Montclair State University; he maintains an active and on-going affiliation with the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and NJ PAC. A two-term President of the Professional Music Teachers’ Guild of NJ, he is a contributing editor to BIM Music Publications, Switzerland. In the Spring of 2011 Mr. Levy made his debut at the Academy of the Arts and the University in Oahu, Hawaii. Recordings by Mr. Levy are available on the Albany, Centaur, Eroica, Koch International, MMF and High Point labels.
Richard Summers is a music educator, performer, conductor, arranger, and composer. Originally from Wheeling West Virginia, Mr. Summers arrived in our metropolitan area when he was appointed to the United States Military Academy Band at West Point from 1972-1975. Following his military career, he attended the Juilliard School, where he received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in performance. Recently retired as a public school instrumental music teacher for thirty-two years, Mr. Summers served students in both the Kinnelon and Pequannock School Districts. He has also served as an adjunct professor at William Paterson University. Most recently he entered the field of composition and has had several of his works put into publication. A long time member of the New Jersey Wind Symphony, Mr. Summers serves as principal clarinet and associate conductor.
Garah Landes is a pianist, composer, arranger, organist and choral director. Garah is a founding member of Synchronicity with his brother, Gregory Landes. Synchronicity recently released an EP recording with jazz trombonist, Robin Eubanks. Synchronicity’s Stravinsky/Bernstein projects with clarinetist, Paquito D’Rivera, includes performances at Tanglewood, Moab Music Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Garah Landes’ solo recordings include a KOCH International release featuring the music of Edward MacDowell and Charles Griffes and a Stradivari Classics recording featuring the music of Liszt, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Garah composes for Synchronicity and was a featured composer at the Tribeca New Music Festival. Garah Landes is a core member of the Pit Stop Players, a NYC based group devoted to commissioning and premiering new music. Garah Landes is also the Organist/Choirmaster at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey
Gregory Landes is a drummer, percussionist, composer, educator and arranger. Orchestral credits include timpanist and percussionist with The New Jersey Symphony, Garden State Philharmonic, The New Haven Symphony, The American Symphony Orchestra, New York Chorale Society, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony, Albany Symphony, Little Orchestra Society of New York, Greenwich, Stamford, and Westchester Symphonies, Masterwork Chorale Orchestra and the Goldman Band. Gregory is also a proud member of the percussion section of The New Jersey Wind Symphony.
For the last 30 years Gregory has performed as both drummer and percussionist for over 50 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. In 2018 the new musical by John Kander, “The Beast in the Jungle”, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. 2017 Director John Doyle’s “Pacific Overtures” and John Kander’s “Kid Victory. Gregory helped create the drum and percussion book for John Kander’s musical “The Landing”. Gregory is the original drummer and percussionist for the Broadway, Chicago,,Boston and Madison Square Garden productions of ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas” He has also played drums or percussion for: “Avenue Q,” “Newsies”, “In The Heights,” “Curtains,” “Wicked,” “42nd Street,” “Play Without Words,” “Ragtime,” “Les Miserables,” “Falsettos,” “Putting It Together,”(with Julie Andrews) and many others.
Since 1997 Gregory has been performing with his brother Garah Landes, pianist, as Synchronicity. For more information on the groups extensive performance history go to their Facebook page, YouTube videos or www.synchronicitymusic.com.
Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare – Richard Strauss
Three City Blocks – John Harbison
Appalachian Spring – Aaron Copland
Profanation From Symphony #1: Jeremiah – Leonard Bernstein
Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs – Leonard Bernstein
Music from Lincoln – John Williams