New Skete Monasteries to Host Noted Composer/Pianists
New Skete Monasteries, 73 New Skete Road, Cambridge, N.Y., will host composer/pianists Joel Feigin and Haskell Small in a free concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. Reservations are required; call 518-677-3928, extension 215, or go to newskete.org
Feigin’s works have been widely praised. He received a Fromm Commission for ‘Aviv: Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra,’ written for Yael Weiss, as well as other commissions for pianists Margaret Mills and Leonard Stein; two orchestral works for the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, and many chamber works. His opera ‘Mysteries of Eleusis,’ first performed in 1986, was produced again at the Moscow State Conservatory (Russia) both in 1999 during Feigin’s year as a Senior Fulbright Scholar, and again in 2000 at the Russo-American Operatic Festival. His latest opera, ‘Twelfth Night,’ has been seen in North Carolina, Chicago and California. The Joel Feigin Collection at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center opened in 2011. Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he is a long-time student of Zen Buddhism, and recently received priest ordination.
Following in the tradition of 18th and 19th century artists, Small is an accomplished composer as well as pianist. He has received commissions from such organizations as the Phillips Collection, Washington Performing Arts Society, Three Rivers Piano Competition, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, Georgetown Symphony and Paul Hill Chorale, and he was the winner of the Marin Ballet Dance Score Competition. Highlights of his international performance career include engagements at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Spoleto USA. His acclaimed artistry has spread further through his active YouTube channel and other videos, which have received millions of views. Small was featured on the nationally-broadcast PBS special, ‘A Celebration of the Piano.’ In recent seasons, he has made several tours of Japan and Germany and performed piano recitals in New York, Paris and London.