Arts & Entertainment

Free Concert on Main Blends South American & Baroque in Chatham

Martha Cargo (L) and Miho Zaitsu

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, Concerts on Main returns to Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church (286 Main Street, Chatham, NJ) with a free performance by flutist Martha Cargo and cellist Miho Zaitsu.

The duo will share “South American & Baroque FLAIR: Passion Two Ways,” a concert of interconnected works by Bach, Handel, Piazzolla, and Villa-Lobos; in addition to virtuosic playing, the performers will highlight musical links between these genres.

Two of New York City's most in-demand players, Cargo and Zaitsu’s repertoire ranges from historical and jazz-influenced masterpieces to rhapsodic music by contemporary composers. Whether playing chamber music with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra or spearheading genre-bending ensembles, the duo’s performances have been lauded as engaging and consistently accessible. Their credits include performances at Carnegie Hall and other celebrated venues, multimedia spaces, as well as Chatham’s Ogden Memorial Presbyterian and other churches.

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Free and open to all, the Concerts on Main series is a part of Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church’s mission to connect with the community. Hour-long performances are held approximately three times per year in the church’s historic and acoustically-engaging sanctuary. Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy stellar NJ and NYC professionals sharing a variety of musical genres.

The series continues on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at 2 p.m. with Percussionist Clara Warnaar and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14 with Jazz Vocalist Kristen Lee Sergeant and her combo. Ogden is located a block from Chatham’s train station, with easy and fast NYC access; in the evenings there is ample free parking in the vicinity of the church. As needed, younger listeners can take advantage of a nearby indoor playspace during the concerts. Additional information is available at  

Hailed by The New York Times as “excellent,” New York-based flutist Martha Cargo is committed to the integration of experimental music into various media, be it contemporary art, theater or dance. Equally at home as soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Cargo performs actively with Ensemble sans Maître, neoLIT, Ghost Ensemble, and Tempus Continuum and has collaborated with Erick Hawkins Dance Company and Synthesis Aesthetics Project, with whom she completed a residency at The Field in 2012. Ms. Cargo is dedicated to collaborating with young composers. Over the last year, she has commissioned and premiered solo works by Jonah Rosenberg, Yangzhi Ma, Anne Goldberg, and Mike Perdue, as well as numerous chamber works; she has also added her playing to services at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church. Upcoming appearances include performances at Triskelion Arts, The Cell Theatre, EYEBEAM, and Tenri Cultural Institute, among other alternative New York City venues. A graduate of Oberlin College’s double-degree program in Flute and Chemistry, she completed her Masters in Music at SUNY-Purchase and continued her studies in the Contemporary Program at Manhattan School of Music. Martha’s primary instructors include Michel Debost, Catherine Cantin (Paris), and Tara Helen O’Connor.

Cellist Miho Zaitsu is known for her thrilling performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent performances have included a recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Robert Moran’s Trinity Requiem for children’s chorus, four violoncelli and harp for the tenth anniversary of 9/11 at Trinity Church Wall Street. The premiere was released by Naxos to great acclaim and presented on over 450 radio stations around the world. A tour of Japan brought her to all of its major cities. In New York, she regularly performs at Lincoln Center, Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium and Weill Hall, Bargemusic, The Stone, Symphony Space, and the United Nations. Miho’s recent chamber music projects have included collaborations with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as the cellist of the Memling Ensemble, as well as the cellist of Trio Felice. She started her musical studies in voice at the age of eight, studying with Margaret Schaper, voice chair of USC. She began cello at the age of sixteen with Yehuda Hanani and eventually earned a Bachelor of Music at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She spent one year abroad at the Royal Academy of Music (London) and continued her studies with Lynn Harrell at Rice University, earning a Masters of Music. Miho currently resides in New York City where she is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying with Marcy Rosen. Her dissertation is a critical edition and study of Anton Arensky’s String Quartet in A Minor. She has performed with the Paragon Orchestra and String Orchestra of New York City throughout the country. She is the director of NESTStrings, a strings and chamber music program at NEST+m and founding director of Interplay Chamber Music. During the summer, she is on faculty at the Blue Mountain Chamber Music Festival at Franklin and Marshall College and the New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta.

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