2020 – 2021

Dates to Remember

  • Start of School Term: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
  • Last day of School Term: Monday June 14, 2021
  • Start of Summer Term: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
  • Last day of Summer Term: Friday, August 27, 2021

No Lessons

  • September 7, 2020
  • November 26-27, 2020
  • December 21, 2020 – January 3, 2021
  • April 10 – April 18, 2021

Class Dates

  • Saturday, October 24, 2020
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021
  • Saturday, May 22, 2021

Recital Dates

  • Sunday, November 15, 2020 @ 3PM and 4:15PM
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021 @3PM and 4:15PM
  • Sunday, June 6, 2021 @ 3PM and 4:15PM

Concerts To Attend

Each student is encouraged to attend at least one concert per year. Family
members and siblings are welcome, although not all concerts are suitable for
children under six. This year many orchestras are working out if and how to
virtually offer live music. Several orchestras will be announcing their plans in
September, and I will be updating the calendar on my web page
( with new offerings. For now, I am only listing virtual fall
events because it is too soon to know if planned spring concerts will be feasible.

A Celebration of the Seasons
Buffalo Philharmonic
Streaming Sat. September 26, 2020 8PM Eastern, 5PM Pacific

Copland’s Appalachian Spring; Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons; Starburst by Jesie Montgomery, a past finalist of the national Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latinx classical string players.

Love & Longing
Buffalo Philharmonic
Saturday, October 10th
8PM Eastern, 5PM Pacific
Bach Concerto for piano and Orchestra in D
Grieg’s Holberg Suite
Dvorak’s Serenade for Winds, Op. 44 in D

Two works originally composed for keyboard and later transcribed for orchestra, Bach’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D is a virtuosic display of technique and interpretation, played by principal pianist for the New York Philharmonic, Eric Huebner, while Grieg’s Holberg Suite invokes dancing rhythms. Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds, Op. 44 in D was composed in only two weeks, capturing the lyrical and lively flavor of his native Bohemia. JoAnn Falletta conducts.

Three Elements
Northwest Sinfonietta
October 11, 2020 @2PM
Heather Bentley, Hot Shop
Ibert, Trois Pieces Breve
Dvorak, Serenade for Strings

Northwest Sinfonietta opens the 20-21 season by spotlighting its vibrant wind and
string sections with Ibert’s brilliant and colorful Trois Pièces Brève for wind quintet
and Dvořák’s beloved Serenade for Strings. Hot Shop, by composer and
Northwest Sinfonietta Principal Violist Heather Bentley, will delight audiences with
a special music video collaboration with the Museum of Glass. Hot Shop will premier with a special music video collaboration with the Museum of Glass.

A String Serenade
Buffalo Philharmonic
Saturday, November 7, 8PM Eastern, 5PM Pacific

George Walker (first African American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music
[1996])’s Lyric for Strings, Mozart’s Wind Serenade No 11 K. 375, Handel’s Harp
Concerto No. 6, Bach’s Air

Jeremey Denk Special Presentation
Streaming November 13 – November 20, 2020
Meany Center Digital Stage

Jeremy Denk will perform works by Chopin, Schumann, and Beethoven and focus on the ways in which you recover lost time through epiphany. Denk’s playing is engaging, nuanced, and delightful, and this will sure to be a balm whatever else happens in November.