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    • Sun, April 16, 2023
    • 7 Cromwell Place, White Plains, NY 10601

    Every year, the Percy Grainger Home and Studio invites the local community to 7 Cromwell Place to see how the Grainger's lived. From the music room to the bedrooms beyond, the house comes alive with the Grainger Family and how each member of the family made the space their own.

    On Sunday, April 16, Dr. Paul Cohen, saxophone, Anna Keiserman, piano, and a few friends, will present two identical saxophone concerts. The first concert will include a house tour before and the second concert will have the house tour after the performance. Dr. Cohen is a noted Percy Grainger expert and visited 7 Cromwell Place in the years where Ella Grainger (1889-1979) was still in residence. 

    The concert, "Grainger and his Contemporaries", will include works of Grainger as well as music of Leo Ornstein, Alec Wilder and Elie Siegmeister, all like-minded composers and musicians. The concerts will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

    While there is no admission for this community event, limited space requires reservations. Donations, either at the event, or here, are welcome, and will help support future programming!

    Make Reservations Here for 1 pm house tour followed by a Saxophone Concert.  

    Make Reservations Here for 3 pm Saxophone Concert followed by a house tour.

    We hope you can join us for this event!     

    • Fri, June 30, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Virtual via Zoom

    When faced with a score that calls for five male soloists, two mixed choruses (one with 10-part divisi and the other with 8-part divisi), four horns, three trombones, euphonium, tuba, timpani, side drum, cymbals, strings, mandolins, and guitars, the average conductor may be understandably apprehensive about programming such a work, particularly when it represents only c. 3 minutes of the overall concert program.

    What is the practical choral conductor to do?

    In this presentation, we'll explore the reality of performing Grainger's choral works from unaccompanied choruses, that fall into a more "standard" performance model, to those requiring more robust—and at times, unusual—performing forces. Grainger's concept of "elastic scoring" will be discussed as well as practical ways to perform an all-Grainger choral concert, or a set of Grainger pieces within a more typical concert program featuring several composers and styles. The presentation will focus particularly on Grainger's folk-based choral works and will conclude with an open Q&A and discussion.

    Dr. Brent Wells, Associate Professor of Choral Conducting and Ensembles, is the director of the Brigham Young University Men’s Chorus and Concert Choir. Prior to his appointment at BYU, he served as Director of Choral Activities at the College of Idaho and as conductor of Treasure Valley Millennial Choirs and Orchestras™. He has also led choral programs at the secondary level.

    Dr. Wells received his DMA in choral conducting at Michigan State University, where he studied with David Rayl, Sandra Snow, and Jonathan Reed. He earned his BM in music education and MM in choral conducting at Brigham Young University under the tutelage of Ronald Staheli, Mack Wilberg, and Rosalind Hall.

    Wells’ scholarship and creative activity focus primarily on hymnody and the folksong. He has published a series of articles in the Choral Journal discussing the folk-based compositions and collecting methodology of Percy Grainger and is also active as a composer and arranger. Wells is published by Walton Music and earthsongs, having arranged selections from the sacred harp repertory, the treasury of the African-American spiritual, and the folk traditions of Appalachia, England, Germany, Poland, Vietnam, China, Armenia, and the country of Georgia.

Past events

Sat, March 11, 2023 Meeting: Membership and Programs Committee
Fri, February 24, 2023 Grainger for Choirs: An Introduction
Sun, February 19, 2023 Third Sundays: Focus Tour
Sat, January 21, 2023 Volunteer Orientation
Sat, October 22, 2022 Meeting: Membership and Programs Committee
Fri, August 19, 2022 Roundtable Rambles
Fri, July 08, 2022 Momentum 2022-23: The PGS Annual Members' Meeting
Fri, May 06, 2022 The Folksongs of Lincolnshire Posy
Sun, April 10, 2022 Spring Open House
Fri, February 11, 2022 Col. Jason K. Fettig: A Ramble with Grainger
Sun, November 14, 2021 WSW Concert: A Salute to Percy Grainger
Thu, September 16, 2021 Grainger Library of Sampled Sounds ("GLOSS")
Thu, July 08, 2021 2021 Annual Members' Meeting
Sun, June 13, 2021 Percy Grainger Home and Studio: Garden Tour and Art Exhibition Opening
Thu, March 18, 2021 Who is Ycrep Regniarg?
Fri, August 14, 2020 Performing Percy Grainger: A Conversation with Sir Andrew Davis
Sun, May 17, 2020 William Wielgus Facebook Recital
Mon, May 13, 2019 Ella Viola Ström and the Slade School of Art
Sun, May 12, 2019 A Musical Prodigy in Melbourne 1887-1895, An illustrated recital by Penelope Thwaites
Sat, May 11, 2019 Percy Grainger's Time in Springfield Missouri
Sun, May 05, 2019 Percy & Friends: Music by Percy Grainger and His Contemporaries
Sun, May 13, 2018 Grainger, Grieg and Folksong
Sun, May 06, 2018 Percy Grainger and his Composer Colleagues
Fri, May 04, 2018 In Dahomey — A Discussion
Thu, May 03, 2018 Percy Grainger--Only Connect
Wed, May 02, 2018 Percy Grainger Piano Mini-Festival
Sun, April 29, 2018 Percy Grainger: A Modern Leonardo?
Fri, May 12, 2017 Historic House Dedication

7 Cromwell Place, White Plains, NY 10601


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