Concerts by the Pond presents the best of classical, contemporary, and liturgical music in the historic setting of St. John’s Church. The series, with a special emphasis on the new Casavant organ, is committed to expanding St. John’s spiritual and musical presence in the greater community. Programs feature a range of artists, from established professionals to highly talented young musicians, in innovative and informative concerts for all ages.
October 2, 3:00 p.m. Carol Weitner, Organ
November 6, 3:00 p.m. Maxim Lando, Piano
December 4, 5:00 p.m. Mary Nicholas Concert
February 5, 3:00 p.m. Blue Hill Troupe
May 21, 3:00 p.m. Carol Weitner, Organ, Peter and the Wolf
Admission is $20; free for students and children.
For more information call 516-692-6368 ext. 5
About the artists:
Carol Weitner, organist at St. John’s Church in Cold Spring Harbor, and at First Church of Christ, Scientist in Huntington, has performed extensively on Long Island, as well as in Chicago, St. Paul, Boston and New York City. She has presented recitals at Chartres Cathedral and at La Madeleine in Paris, France, as well as in Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Her first CD, recorded on the Gress-Miles organ at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bay Shore, features works by nineteenth and twentieth-century composers including Jongen, Schumann, Langlais, and Vierne. Ms. Weitner holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College,
and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Mannes College of Music. She teaches piano and organ privately.
Maxim Lando made his New York City debut at age 6 on the critically acclaimed Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players series, and has returned as a Guest Artist for the past seven seasons. At age 11, he entered the Julliard Pre-College and became a Lang Lang Young Scholar, receiving mentorship from celebrity pianist Lang Lang and support from his International Foundation. In the past two years, Maxim’s solo and chamber concerts have brought him to concert halls in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, England, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Russia, China, Canada, and throughout the United States. He is currently an Artemisia Akademie Fellow at Yale University, where he benefits immensely from faculty and guest artists of the Yale School of Music. Maxim has received fellowships to participate in prestigious festivals such as Spivakov’s “Moscow Meets Friends,” Oxford Philharmonic Piano Festival, numerous master classes with Lang Lang, and Music Fest Perugia in Italy. He studies with Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at Julliard Pre-College.
For 93 years, the Blue Hill Troupe has brought high-quality theater performances to New York City audiences while raising money for New York City charities. Since its founding in 1924, the Troupe has raised nearly four million dollars for its charity partners. Hailing from all walks of life and spanning several generations, Troupers donate their time and energy to produce two full theatrical productions a year: a Broadway musical and a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. The Blue Hill Troupe has twice performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, and was featured for many years in the Metropolitan Museum of Art concert series. On television, the Troupe has been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning and the MetroArts/Thirteen performance series. The Blue Hill Troupe was named International Champions of the 2015 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, England, competing against performing organizations from all over the world.
Peter and the Wolf, composed by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936, was intended for children. The story, also by Prokofiev, features several characters, animal and human, each of which has a particular orchestral instrument and musical theme associated with it. The organ, with its great variety of sounds, many of which share the same names as their orchestral counterparts, offers the possibility for this charming piece to be heard without an orchestra. Just as audiences listening to this work in its original form have enjoyed learning about the instruments of the orchestra, the audience at this performance will have the opportunity to learn about the different stops (sounds) available on our wonderful organ. The piece will be accompanied by a video presentation and narration. In addition, to celebrate the national holidays of several countries, the program will also include organ pieces based on their national anthems.