The public is invited on May 10 to the next in a series of free concerts given by members of the Musical Club of Westfield. The performance will be held at the First Baptist Church of Westfield, 170 Elm St. and will begin at 7:30 p.m. It will feature, among other performances, art songs written by Stefan Young of Westfield.
Stefan Young received his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music and doctorate from Rutgers University. A winner of over 20 prizes and scholarships, Dr. Young is now professor of theory and composition at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Both his duo and solo performances have garnished critical acclaim.
Baritone Jonathon Dawson, a current Musical Club of Westfield Scholarship winner, will begin the concert with a set of two art songs composed by Stefan entitled TWO BY THREE: At Midnight’s Hour and The Rolling English Road. Mr. Dawson will be accompanied by the composer on the piano and by guest artist Robert Romano on the clarinet.
Soprano Rebecca Dias will continue the vocal music section of the concert with more selections by Dr. Young. Ms. Dias will sing three settings from THE SONG OF SOLOMON: Set me…, How beautiful…, and I am my beloved’s. A past Musical Club Scholarship winner, Ms. Dias will be accompanied by Debra Biderman, violin, Douglas Hardin, cello, and the composer, piano.
Along with the compositions by Stefan Young, the concert offers two other master works. Pianist Sophia Agranovich will play the Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35, by Frederic Chopin. Robert Romano, clarinet, and Carol-Ann Mochernuk, piano, will conclude the concert with Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1941-1942).
The performance is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the program to give those in attendance the opportunity to meet the performers. The Musical Club of Westfield, now in its 101st season, presents concerts featuring its members and offers scholarships to promising young musicians who are majoring in music. Membership in the club is open to anyone with an interest in music. Those wishing information about membership in the Musical Club of Westfield as a performer or an associate member may visit the club’s website at www.musicalclubofwestfield.org.