2017 Concerts Schedule

programs subject to change

Sunday April 9, 2017 – Spring Concert – 4pm @ Hubbard Hall

Sunday, June 4, 2017  –  Viola/Violin Seminar Concert – 4pm  @ Hubbard Hall

Sunday, June, 11 2017 – Cello Seminar Concert – 4pm  @ Hubbard Hall

Sunday July 9, 2017 –  the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart – 4 pm @ Hubbard Hall

Thursday July 6, 2017 – Open Rehearsal  for July 9 concert – 4 pm @ Brown Farm

Sunday, July 23, 2017  – out of old mythologies – 4pm @ Hubbard Hall

Thursday July 20, 2017 – Open Rehearsal  for July 23 concert – 4 pm @ Brown Farm

Sunday, July 30, 2017  –  whatever a moon has always meant – 4pm  @ Hubbard Hall

Thursday July 27, 2017 – Open Rehearsal  for July 30 concert – 4 pm @ Brown Farm

Sunday, August 13, 2017  –  whatever a sun will always sing – 4pm  @ Hubbard Hall

Thursday August 10, 2017 – Open Rehearsal  for August 13 concert – 4 pm @ Brown Farm

Sunday October 15, 2017 Fall 2017 Concert – 4pm @ Hubbard Hall


2017 Season Chamber Music Brochure


Spring Concert

Music from Salem Spring Concert

Works by Glazunov, Glass, Yun, Hindemith, Aperghis

On Sun April 9th at 4 pm, a beautiful and fascinating afternoon of music for viola and piano and solo piano Hubbard Hall will feature the romantic Fantasy Sonata by Paul Hindemith, very much influenced by Brahms.

The performers are Music from Salem directors, Lila Brown and Judith Gordon. Two unusual pieces on this program are Phillip Glass‘s mesmerizing 15 minute work, Mad Rush, for solo piano, and Isang Yun‘s Duo for viola and piano. Though Yun, who tried to make cultural contact with North Korea, was sentenced to death by the South Korean Secret Service, and was given asylum in Germany, his virtuosic music is not discordant, but gentle and delicate, using infinitely varied permutations reflecting the natural world. The program opens with the melting melodies of Glazunov‘s Elegy for viola and piano. Besides a busy performance schedule, Gordon is a professor of piano at Smith College, and Brown teaches at the Boston Conservatory and the North Carolina School of the Arts

Lila Brown, viola; Judith Gordon, piano

Emerging Artists Cello Seminar Concert

Sunday June 11, 4:00 PM: Cello Seminar Concert at Hubbard Hall

What could be better than an extended weekend spent with 12 cellists playing music of Bach/Gabrielli/Telemann, to cutting-edge contemporary unaccompanied, to Julius Eastman’s stunning Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc (set to Dreyer’s 1928 film with ten celli)? The plan is for performances at the New Skete Monastery and Salem Art Works, followed by a final performance on Sunday, June 11th at 4:00pm, when Music from Salem’s Cello Seminar will perform a concert at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge NY. The Cello Seminar is an intensive weeklong seminar for young professionally bound cellists, led by Music from Salem Cello Seminar interim director Scott Kluksdahl as well as cellists David Russell and Helga Winold.

Welcome in the summer with this end-of-the-week cello-bration concert!
$15 Sugg. Ticket Price – Pay what you can – all are welcome!

To learn more about the Cello Seminar click here

Emerging Artists Viola & Violin Seminar Concert

Sunday June 4, 4:00 PM: Viola & Violin Seminar Concert at Hubbard Hall

Music from Salem’s Viola & Violin Seminar participants and faculty will perform a concert at Hubbard Hall located at 25 E. Main Street, Cambridge, NY.
Eleven professionally bound students from California, Virginia, NY, North Carolina, China, Costa Rica and Peru share their excitement in presenting what they have learned at the weeklong Music from Salem viola and violin seminar at the Brown farm led by Music from Salem Artistic Director Lila Brown, viola, Sharan Leventhal, violin, and Mark Ryser, piano. After a week of collaboration with piano on repertoire from all periods, students and faculty will perform selections from sonatas and chamber music by Brahms, Ravel, Beethoven, Fauré, Britten, Schumann, Martinu, WF Bach, and others, with three minute get-to-know-you introductions about themselves and their pieces..
$15 is our suggested ticket price, but Pay What You Can is our policy – all are welcome!

Click here to learn more about the Viola and Violin Seminar

the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

Sunday, July 9, at 4:00 PM: Music from Salem Concert at Hubbard Hall

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Divertimento No. 15 for two horns and strings in B-flat major, Lodron Serenade No. 2, K. 277 [1777]        
Seven New Miniatures for Horn Trio By P. Gregory, P. Greene, A. Turcotte, J. Hahn, C. Farmakis, Atlas, and C. Seiner
Johannes Brahms Piano Quartet in A Major, Opus 26

The program opens with a magnificent Mozart divertimento that’s as rich as a violin concerto. It includes two wonderful horns, played by Eli Epstein, former Cleveland Orchestra member and New England Conservatory student, and Jennifer Robbins. Then, MfS performs seven competition-winning miniature horn trios from all over the world; they were chosen from 130 entries. The program concludes with Brahms‘ grand piano Quartet in A Major.

Judith Eissenberg, Sharan Leventhal, violins; Lila Brown, viola; Scott Kluksdahl, cello; Eli Epstein & Jennifer Robbins, horns; Nathan Varga, bass; Judith Gordon, piano


whatever a sun will always sing

Sunday, August 13, 4:00 PM: Music from Salem Concert
at 105 McKie Hollow Rd., Cambridge


Felix Mendelssohn    (1809-1847)       
String Quintet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 18

      1. Allegro con moto
      2. Intermezzo: Andante sostenuto
      3. Scherzo: Allegro di molto
      4. Allegro vivace 

Curtis K. Hughes        (b. 1974) 
merger (for two cellos)                        


Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) 
Winter” from The Four Seasons

      1. Allegro non molto
      2. Largo
      3. Allegro

Antonín Dvořák         (1841-1904)
Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22

                         Tempo di Valse

Jae Cosmos Lee, Helen Hyun Jeong Lee, David Do, & Rohan Gregory, violins; Lila Brown & John Batchelder, violas; Byron Hogan & William Laney, cellos; Nathan Varga, double bass; Alfred Fedakharpsichord



Music From Salem Fall Concert

Music from Salem Fall Concert 

Sunday October 15th, 2017 – 4pm at Hubbard Hall 


For its special Fall concert Music from Salem is presenting a program of several short romantic pieces and movements. Featured composers will include Mozart, Lachner, Vieuxtemps, Ysaye, Fuchs, Martinu, Reger, and Ibert. Arvo Pärt‘s mystical “Fratres” will also be performed. The pieces are solos, duos and trios for violin, viola, and piano. Performing are violinist Markus Placci, praised for having “magnificent personality, superb energy, total command and an extremely convincing taste” by La Libre Belgique; violist Lila Brown, MfS artistic director; and pianist and MfS consulting director Judith Gordon, who received an Outstanding Alumni Award from New England Conservatory of Music in 2009.


Fall Feuillton

Ignaz Lachner   Trio in B-Flat Major, Opus 37 for violin, viola & piano

(1807-1895)                   1. Allegro Moderato                

Arvo Pårt                                Fratres, for violin and piano

(b. 1935)                                          

Johann Sebastian Bach         Four Duets, BWV 802-805 for piano


Georg Friedrich Telemann   Canonic Sonata #1 for violin and viola

(1681-1767)                                       1. Vivace

Bohuslav Martinu                   Duo #2 for violin and viola

(1890-1959)                                       2. Lento

Robert Fuchs    Selected movements from the Duos for violin & viola





Henri Vieuxtemps                 Capriccio for viola


Eugene Ysaye                       Sonata #2 for violin


1. Obsession; Prelude

2. Malinconia

3. Danse des Ombres; Sarabande

4. Les Furies

Max Reger                             Trio Opus 2, for violin, viola, and piano

(1873-1916)                                3. Theme and Variations


Markus Placci, violin

Lila Brown, viola

Judith Gordon, piano


Most concerts take place at:
Hubbard Hall
25 East Main Street
Cambridge, NY 12816

Hubbard Hall Concert Admission: Pay what you can – all are welcome! (Suggested amount: $25)