Come Celebrate the Harp and Violin on St. Patrick’s Day at St. Paul’s Westfield
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 • 10:36am
Irish eyes will be smiling on Sunday, March 17, 2013, when celebrated Chamber Music and Concert Duo Christopher Collins Lee and Merynda Adams perform A St. Patrick’s Day Concert for Violin and Harp at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield, NJ. Sponsored by The Friends of Music at St. Paul’s, the concert begins promptly at 3pm. Regarding the dress code on this special holiday, St. Paul’s Director of Music Charles M. Banks advises that, “The wearin’ of the green is optional, but always welcome!”
Dr. Lee is an internationally renowned violinist who plays the celebrated 1771 “Accardo” violin made in Turin, Italy by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini. Lee holds B.F.A. and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, a Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook, and five Honorary Doctorates from foreign institutions.
As an Official Musical Ambassador of the U.S. Department of State, Lee has played thousands of concerts worldwide under their auspices, including forty solo concert tours of Asia. He has performed as soloist with Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein, Lucas Foss and Arthur Fiedler, among others, and has served as concertmaster of The American Symphony Orchestra, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, The NJ Symphony Orchestra, National Chorale and the Spanish Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. When not traveling to his many concertmaster and soloist venues, he resides in Newark, NJ. In contrast, one of his many recordings was chosen to represent human culture on the Voyager Time Capsule, which is now leaving our solar system!
Ms. Adams is a prominent, critically acclaimed harpist. A native of Madison, NJ, she made her New York debut to a sold-out Carnegie Recital Hall as the 1994 winner of the Artists International Competition. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and winner of both the South Orange Symphony Artists’ Competition and the Goldblatt Award, she has performed throughout the U.S., France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico. Locally, she has performed with the NJ Symphony Orchestra, NY Grand Opera, New Philharmonic, Lyrica Chamber Music, Northeastern Philharmonic, Colonial Symphony, Westfield Symphony, Lake Placid Sinfonietta and off Broadway in the The Fantasticks.
Adams is also in demand as a guest soloist and chamber musician in area churches, including Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Newark) and St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC). She is a founding member and former VP of the North Jersey Chapter of the American Harp Society and is an Affiliate Artist Teacher at Drew University (Madison).
Long-time musical colleagues in various ensembles, Adams and Lee have been performing as a Duo for five years. Their repertoire, notes Adams, is “fairly Romantic.” She advises that their CD -- Romantic Duos for Harp & Violin, was recorded in 2011 and will be available for sale at the concert. A second CD, Reverie, is in the works.
In keeping with the Romantic movement on Sunday, March 17, the Duo will gift the St. Paul’s audience with Camille Saint-Saëns’ Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124; Gounod’s Hymne à St. Cécile; deFalla’s Spanish Dance from La Vida Breve; and Elgar’s Chanson de Matin and Salut d'Amour. Also promised and highlighted are various Irish pieces to celebrate the occasion. Among these are The Last Rose of Summer, Carrickfergus and Danny Boy.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church is located at 414 East Broad Street near Euclid Avenue in Westfield. Parking in the area is free. A donation of $20 at the door is suggested. Students are admitted free. Following the concert, the public is invited to a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception in the Cloister. For further information contact Charles M. Banks at (908) 232-8506 ext.17 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.