Taste of Tanglewood
Friday, February 8, 2019
West Side Presbyterian Church
Hawthorne High School Band
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.
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