MADISON, NJ - Please join us for an evening of Romantic Duos with Harp and Violin. Chamber Music for Charity, presented by Stardust Music Society will feature artists, Merynda Adams, harpist and Christopher Collins Lee, violinist in a concert taking place on Tuesday evening, February 14, 2017, 7:00pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ. All monetary donations at the door will go directly to America’s Grow-a-Row. The concert is sponsored in part by Adams Dental and Salvatore Minardi Salon. For more info: www.StardustNJ.org.
America’s Grow-a-Row (AGAR) is a non-profit organization located in Hunterdon county, that grows and gleans fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables that are donated to those suffering from hunger and those living in “food deserts,” or areas that lack access to fresh, affordable produce, throughout the state of New Jersey. Proceeds will help AGAR donate farm-fresh food to various hunger relief agencies in New Jersey while at the same time educating people of all ages about hunger, the importance of agriculture, and healthy eating. AGAR, supported by nearly 4,000 volunteers who harvest produce throughout the growing season, hosts 750 young people from low-income urban areas at their farm through the Growing Healthy Kids Farm Day, provides Free Farm Markets in Newark, Camden, Morristown, and Jersey City and hosts Recipient Volunteering events for the recipients of the produce so that they can harvest fresh food for their own communities and others in need. This opportunity to participate in a volunteer capacity enables those served to give back to the program in a fulfilling and meaningful way. In 2014, AGAR’s President and Founder, Chip Paillex, was honored with the recognition of CNN Hero and Ford Motor Company Go Further Everyday Hero.
Merynda Adams, harpist is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician, performing throughout the United States, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico. She has performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York Grand Opera, New Philharmonic, Lyrica Chamber Music, Northeastern Philharmonic, Colonial Symphony, Westfield Symphony, Lake Placid Symphonietta and off Broadway in "The Fantasticks". Described by the Newark Star Ledger as having "played the harp with color and great facility", Ms. Adams is a 1994 winner of the Artists International Competition and the Goldblatt Award. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, her teachers have included Kathleen Bride, Erika Waardenburg and Gloria Agostini. She is often heard in area churches, including the Cathedral
Basilica of the Sacred Heart and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Ms. Adams is featured in the book, "Plaza Weddings", playing at the wedding of Eddie Murphy. She collaborates with violinist, Christopher Collins Lee with whom she released a CD, "Romantic Duos" and appeared in recital accompanying renowned soprano, Aprile Millo.
Christopher Collins Lee, violinist, became a protégé of Zino Francescatti at the age of sixteen, touring with him throughout Europe. He holds B.F.A. and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, a Doctorate from SUNY Stony Brook, and five Honorary Doctorates from foreign institutions. He holds the State Department title of Official Musical Ambassador of the United States, and has toured the world many times under their auspices. Dr. Lee has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Grant, Fulbright, National Arts Club, Artists International, Carl Flesch International Violin Competition, J.S. Bach Competition, Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, the Samuel Chozinoff Award, and the Fritz Kreisler Prize. Christopher Collins Lee has performed as soloist with Leopold Stokowski and Arthur Fiedler among other conductors, and has recorded for the CBS, RCA, Desto, Everest, Arista, Delos and Quattro Corde labels. He has served as concertmaster of The American Symphony Orchestra, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, National Chorale and the Spanish Chamber Orchestra to name a few. The New York Times termed Dr. Lee “an impressive, stylish violinist with something special to say.” Much in demand as a concerto soloist, violin recitalist, chamber music artist, and teacher, Christopher Collins Lee makes his home in an historic landmark Victorian mansion in Newark, NJ, and collects art, rare musical instruments, phonographs, and 78 rpm records.