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Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition 'Concert for Peace' Welcomed New Year

The Concert For Peace in Brewster drew a full sold-out house on New Year's day.
The Concert For Peace in Brewster drew a full sold-out house on New Year's day. Photo Credit: Mark Marano

BREWSTER, N.Y. -- The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition presented its "Concert for Peace" at the Studio Around the Corner in Brewster to a sold-out audience on New Year's Day.

The program opened with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah" with Jeffrey Marano. "Peace Poem for World Day Against Racism" by Demetrios Trifiatis was read by Judith Marano.

Award-winning author Gail Carson Levine read the Emily Dickinson poem "The Cricket Sang" followed by Nathan Brewster performing "A cricket sang, And the sun set" by Blake Tyson for solo marimba.

The program also featured a quintet for strings in g minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Robert Zubrycki, violin; Lori Miller Abbott, violin; Adria Benjamin, viola; Adam Kramer, viola and Anik Oulianine, cello.

Jennifer Tao, piano, performed in trios by Max Bruch and Cécile Chaminade,

Additionally, Brewster Theater Company president Stacy Dumont read "Jane Addams and the Peace Movement" written by Amy Campanaro.

To celebrate the New Year, arrangements of “Tales from the Vienna Woods” by Johann Strauss II were performed, and the audience joined in singing along with "Auld lang syne."

Upcoming concerts at the Studio Around the Corner will include Women Composers and 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage (July 9); Concerts Around the Corner, Next Generation (Date TBD); Bard College Conservatory (Date TBD) and New Year’s Day Concert for Peace (Jan. 1, 2018).

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