Rachel Kara Perez – 15 December 2019

Rachel Kara Perez  –  Woolworth Chapel, Woodlawn Cemetery  – 15 December 2019

Perez offered a program of holiday tunes, backed by a string quartet.  Some were gleaned from her Hispanic background, and were unfamiliar; others were chestnuts (not roasting!); all reflected her solid classical training and personal warmth.  Concerts at Woodlawn usually include compositions from the interrees; today’s was “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin (yes, Jewish!).  The emotive pinnacle was “O Holy Night”.  Charming string arrangement accents courtesy of violinist Petcher.

Rachel Kara Perez
Evelyn Petcher
Monica Davis
Eliana Mendoza
Sally Shumway

Manhattan String Quartet – April 3, 2016

Manhattan String Quartet  – Pleasantville Presbyterian Church –  April 3, 2016

A little bit of Beethoven, a little bit of Bartok, and I’ll be able to handle a little bit of Schubert.  One more sponsoring organization (Pleasantville Chamber Music Society), gratifying, and a new (to me) venue.  That’s all that I need.  Though, I’m not quite used to being one of the youngest people in the room!

Curtis Macomber and Calvin Wiersma
Christopher Finckel and John Dexter