Friday, January 25, 2019


Thurnauer Chamber Music Series

411 East Clinton Ave, Tenafly NJ 07670

A Musical Celebration of Black History Month

Sat, Jan 26, 2019

7:00 PM

The Thurnauer Chamber Music Series featuring artistic director, violinist Sharon Roffman opens its 26th season with a program "A Musical Celebration of Black History Month".

The program features music by Florence Price, Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de St. Georges, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Harry Burleigh, J. Rosamund Johnson, William Grant Still, George Walker, and Margaret Bonds and lyrics by Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and James Weldon Johnson.  

The performance features guest artists Jasmine Wilson, mezzo-soprano; Doori Na, violin; Melissa Reardson, viola;Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Thomas Sauer, piano. 


Violinist Sharon Roffman, prizewinner in the 2003 Naumburg Foundation International Competition, made her solo debut with the New Jersey Symphony in 1996. Since then, Ms. Roffman has forged a unique career distinguished by her versatility; she is equally sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and music educator. In February 2018, Ms. Roffman was appointed concertmaster of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Ms. Roffman made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins with Itzhak Perlman playing and conducting in 2004; she has performed all over the world as a guest concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, principal 2nd of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Estonian Festival Orchestra, and as a frequent guest member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Roffman was “Violon Solo” of Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse from 2016-17 and a member of Orchestre National de France from 2009-2011.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Roffman has collaborated with members of the Guarneri quartet, Juilliard Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Avalon Quartet, and Miami Quartet among others, was a member of the critically acclaimed contemporary music ensemble counter)induction, and spent several summers performing at the Marlboro Music Festival.

Passionate about combining performance and education, Ms. Roffman is the founder and artistic director of ClassNotes, a chamber music ensemble and non-profit organization dedicated to introducing public school students to classical music through interdisciplinary school residencies and performances. In 2015, Ms. Roffman premiered a new concerto by Bruce Adolphe (I Will Not Remain Silent) with the IRIS Orchestra and Michael Stern conducting, and created The Prinz Project – an online interdisciplinary curriculum and outreach initiative to accompany the concerto. In 2018, Ms. Roffman performed Bernstein’s Serenade with the Kansas City Symphony and created an accompanying website for audiences to explore the work in more detail. Ms. Roffman also created an online elementary school curriculum about the relationship between music and art for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and regularly teaches in elementary schools across Australia both live and via video conferencing. Ms. Roffman is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music; her former teachers include Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Winograd, Robert Lipsett, Patinka Kopec and Nicole DiCecco.

Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan is a member of the Horszowski Trio with violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa. The trio has performed across the United States, India, Japan, and in Hong Kong, and records for Bridge Records.  For eleven seasons, as a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, he performed around the world.  Mr. Ramakrishnan is an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, and is on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. 

Grammy nominated violist Melissa Reardon is an internationally renowned performer whose solo and chamber playing spans all musical genres. As a member of the Ensō String Quartet since 2006, Melissa has toured both nationally and internationally.  (This is the final season for the quartet, with its last performances scheduled for the summer of 2018.) Melissa is also a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and is a sought-after collaborative musician.  .

Jasmine Wilson is an American vocalist, poet, and educator based in New York.  She trained in classical vocal performance at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she also hosted and produced several Canadian radio programs. She has also taught music and English as a Second Language in France and Canada. Jasmine enjoys combining her international experience in music and media production into thoughtful educational exchanges in the arts.  In New York, Jasmine regularly performs classical works by underrepresented female composers and composers of color as a vocalist with The Dream Unfinished (TDU), an activist orchestra. Through TDU, she has collaborated with Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the DiMenna Center. Internationally, Jasmine has appeared with Canadian funk/R&B bands What It Is, the Morphtet, Freak Motif, and Kalmunity.  While in Montreal, Jasmine hosted SOUL PERSPECTIVES on CKUT 90.3 FM, as well as produced multiple radio programs for CJAD 800 Radio and the Kelly Alexander Show. She currently is a Community Engagement Specialist at New York's PBS Station, WNET.

A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, violinist Doori Na has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, New Music Project of Argento Chamber Ensemble, New Chamber Ballet, and Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach.

Pianist Thomas Sauer is highly sought after as soloist and chamber musician in a wide range of repertoire. With his long-time duo partner Colin Carr, Mr. Sauer has appeared at the Wigmore Hall (London), the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Bargemusic (New York City), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), and Princeton University, among many other venues. He has performed with members of the Juilliard String Quartet at the Library of Congress and given numerous concerts with the Brentano String Quartet. Mr. Sauer has performed at many of the leading festivals in the United States and abroad, including Marlboro, Caramoor, Music@Menlo, Chamber MusicNorthwest, and Taos, as well as Lake District Summer Music (England), Agassiz (Canada), Festival des Consonances (France), and Esbjerg Chamber Music Festival (Denmark). Mr. Sauer serves on the faculties of Mannes and Vassar Colleges, and was the founder and director of the Mannes Beethoven Institute, a highly regarded summer program that ran for fifteen seasons.

3 Questions with Sharon Roffman

What inspired you to create a concert featuring Afro-American and Afro-European composers?

There are a lot of great composers out there who, historically, have not always gotten the recognition that they deserve. With this concert and our spring concert of all female composers, I wanted to shine a light and share some fantastic music written by people who reflect the diversity of the communities we live in. 

How did choose the repertoire for the program?

Like always, I listened and listened and listened to lots of music and picked the pieces that I loved the most and would personally want to listen to. I had to make some really tough choices because there is so much interesting music out there!

What can you tell us about the pieces or composers featured?

Our singer Jasmine Wilson is singing two songs by two different composers based on texts by Langston Hughes, so it’s always interesting to see what choices composers make with their music to bring out the meaning of the texts. One of the pieces that I absolutely HAD to program was the Lyric for Strings by George Walker, who died only a few months ago, and was the first African American to win a Pulitzer prize for music. It is one of the most beautiful pieces you will ever hear. There is a piece by Harry Burleigh who worked closely with the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak when he lived in New York, and inspired Dvorak to use more African-American themes in his music. The piece we are playing for string quartet is based on songs he heard being sung in the plantations, in the era of slavery. And finally we will end the concert with a classic arrangement of Lift Every Voice and Sing by William Grant Still. When I ordered the music, I called the phone number of the publishing company and was excited to realize that I was speaking with William Grant Still’s daughter!

The Chamber Music Series is made possible by generous contributions from Eva Holzer and the Konikow Chamber Music Fund

For tickets or more information about the Thurnauer School of Music

please call 201-408-1465.
Sat, Jan 26
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
$16.00 Member
$20.00 Public

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019



FOR THE 2019



4 - Bohemian Rhapsody
3 - Green Book
3 - Roma
3 - Black Panther


10 - The Favourite
10 - Roma
 8 - A Star Is Born
 8 - Vice
 7 - Black Panther
 6 - BlacKkKlansman
 5 - Bohemian Rhapsody
 5 - Green Book


(For comparison, GGW denotes the Golden Globe winner for the category - 
of course, the categories are not quite the same!)


Black Panther (Kevin Feige, Producer)
BlacKkKlansman (Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Graham King, Producer)
The Favourite (Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers)
>> Green Book (Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers)
Roma (Gabriela Rodriguez and Alfonso Cuaron, Producers) GGW
A Star Is Born (Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers)
Vice (Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers)

 Best Documentary Feature

>> Free Solo (Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill)
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim)
Minding the Gap (Bing Liu and Diane Quon)
Of Fathers and Sons (Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert)
RBG (Betsy West and Julie Cohen)

Best Animated Feature

Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle)
Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson)
Mirai (Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito)
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer)
>> Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller) GGW

Best Foreign-Language Film

Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
>> Roma (Mexico) GGW
Shoplifters (Japan)

Best Animated Short

Animal Behaviour (Alison Snowden and David Fine)
>> Bao (Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb)
Late Afternoon (Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco)
One Small Step (Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas)
Weekends (Trevor Jimenez)

Best Live-Action Short

Detainment  (Vincent Lambe and Darren Maho)
Fauve (Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon)
Marguerite (Marianne Farley and Marie-Helene Panisset)
Mother (Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado)
>> Skin (Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman)

Best Documentary Short

Black Sheep (Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn)
End Game (Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman)
Lifeboat (Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser)
A Night at the Garden (Marshall Curry)
>> Period. End of Sentence. (Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton)



>> Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) GGW
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
Adam McKay (Vice)
Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)

Best Original Screenplay

The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
>> Green Book (Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly) GGW
Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
Vice (Adam McKay)

Best Adapted Screenplay

A Star Is Born (Eric Roth, Will Fetters & Bradley Cooper)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
>> BlacKkKlansman (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)

Best Cinematography

The Favourite (Robbie Ryan)
Never Look Away (Caleb Deschanel)
>> Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
A Star Is Born (Matty Libatique)
Cold War (Lukasz Zal)

Best Film Editing

BlacKkKlansman (Barry Alexander Brown)
>> Bohemian Rhapsody (John Ottman)
The Favourite (Yorgos Mavropsaridis)
Green Book (Patrick J. Don Vito)
Vice (Hank Corwin)



Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)
Glenn Close (The Wife) GGW
>> Olivia Colman (The Favourite) GGW
Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)
Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Best Actor

Christian Bale (Vice GGW
Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
Willem Dafoe (At Eternity's Gate)
>> Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) GGW
Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams (Vice)
Marina de Tavira (Roma)
>> Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) GGW
Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

Best Supporting Actor

>> Mahershala Ali (Green Book) GGW
Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman)
Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born)
Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Sam Rockwell (Vice)


Best Production Design

>>Black Panther (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart)
The Favourite (Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton)
First Man (Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas)
Mary Poppins Returns (John Myhre and Gordon Sim)
Roma (Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez)

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War (Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick)
Christopher Robin (Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould)
>> First Man (Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm)
Ready Player One (Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy)

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Border (Goran Lundstrom and Pamela Goldammer)
Mary Queen of Scots (Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks)
>> Vice (Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney)

 Best Costume Design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Mary Zophres)
>> Black Panther (Ruth E. Carter)
The Favourite (Sandy Powell)
Mary Poppins Returns (Sandy Powell)
Mary Queen of Scots (Alexandra Byrne)


Best Original Song

"All the Stars" (Black Panther)
Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith)
Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe

"I'll Fight" (RBG)
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

"The Place Where Lost Things Go" (Mary Poppins Returns)
Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman

>> "Shallow" (A Star Is Born) GGW
Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt

"When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs)
Music and Lyric by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

 Best Original Score

>> Black Panther (Ludwig Goransson)
BlacKkKlansman (Terence Blanchard)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell)
Isle of Dogs (Alexandre Desplat)
Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman)

Best Sound Mixing

Black Panther (Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin)
>> Bohemian Rhapsody (Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali)
First Man (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis)
Roma (Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and Jose Antonio Garcia)
A Star Is Born (Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow)

Best Sound Editing

Black Panther (Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker)
>> Bohemian Rhapsody (John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone)
First Man (Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan)
A Quiet Place (Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl)
Roma (Sergio Diaz and Skip Lievsay)

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Friday, January 18, 2019




JAN 23 - FEB 3, 2019

GATZ is an amazing adaptation of an old American Classic book. The tremendous Scott Shepherd is reprising GATZ, the "Elevator Repair Service" performance of a word for word "reading" and on-stage becoming of THE GREAT GATSBY.

>>"One morning in the shabby office of a mysterious small business, an employee (Scott Shepherd) finds a copy of The Great Gatsby in the clutter on his desk. He starts to read it out loud and doesn't stop. At first his coworkers hardly notice. But after a series of strange coincidences, it's no longer clear whether he's reading the book, or the book is transforming him into its narrator. "

It's about six hours long, (plus about 90 min to go out for dinner at an intermission), at the NYU Skirball Center ( . The almost 8 hour immersion in this interpretation and this story and this performance is a powerful, unforgettable and uniquely affecting audience experience.

If you've ever wondered what THE GREAT GATSBY is really about, check out this theater treasure.








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