The 9th Annual Classical Meets Pop Concert and fireworks display will be held at the Mt. Vernon Community Center on July 5th at 7:30. Hosted by Parker Pond Association Member Jerry Slavet and featuring award winning and internationally celebrated classical/pop musicians and alumni from NPR’s From the Top, this concert will once again bring a wonderful cultural opportunity to the Mt. Vernon community.
Tickets go on sale June 1st and sell out fast! You may also bring a chair and listen from the lawn for free. All proceeds benefit: 30 Mile River Watershed Association & Parker Pond Association
Pianist Peter Dugan’s 2017 debut solo performances with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony were described by the Los Angeles Times as “stunning” and by the SF Chronicle as “fearlessly athletic.” He has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad. Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Mr. Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms. A sought-after crossover artist, Mr. Dugan has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell to Jesse Colin Young and Glenn Close. The Wall Street Journal described Mr. Dugan’s collaboration with violinist Charles Yang as a “classical-meets-rockstar duo.” Mr. Dugan’s recent chamber music recitals include the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Music at Menlo, and a Weill Hall debut presented by Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Dugan, a Philadelphia native, holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in solo piano performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio and was awarded the John Erskine Commencement Prize for outstanding artistic and academic achievement. Mr. Dugan resides in New York, where he teaches sight reading for pianists at Juilliard and serves on the faculty at the St. Thomas Choir School. www.peterduganpiano.com
Benjamin Lee (erhu), 16, hails from Byron, Minnesota where he is a senior at Byron High School. He studies erhu with Yunhe Liang and Gao Hong and participates in the Carleton College Global Music Ensemble and Chinese Music Ensemble. Benjamin is the only high-school student to earn a scholarship to participate in a college summer program given by the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. He is interested in ancient mythology, writing/illustrating and publishing, playing piano, programming, and loves his grandmother’s cooking. https://www.fromthetop.org/musician/benjamin-lee/
Hailed by critics for her “tonal bloom” and “hauntingly beautiful performances,” English-American performer and composer Emi Ferguson stretches the boundaries of what is expected of modern-day musicians. Emi can be heard live in concerts and festivals around the world as well as at home in New York City where she is a member of the New York New Music Ensemble, NYBI, Argento Ensemble, and New Vintage Baroque. She has spoken and performed at several TEDX events and has been featured on media outlets including The Discovery Channel and TouchPress apps talking about how music relates to our world today. This year, she is producing two albums: a flute and piano album highlighting Cesar Franck’s A Major Sonata, and a cross-genre “baroque-pop” album that takes 16th/17th century French texts and motifs and spins them into 21st century indie-pop songs.
Emi is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School teaching Ear Training in the Evening and Pre-College divisions and has taught on the faculty of the University of Buffalo. Born in Japan and raised in London and Boston, she now resides in New York City. www.emiferguson.com
Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians performing and teaching today. Her music transcends genre through soaring violin and fiddling, vocals, and percussive dance. She has been a featured soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras, jazz and swing bands, and Eastern European and American folk ensembles. As an educator and composer/improviser, Ms. MacAdam-Somer has been a guest artist at such institutions as the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and the Dundalk Institute of Technology, and a featured performer at the Eastbourne and Beijing International Music Festivals, in addition to maintaining a full-time studio at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. With her contemporary duo, NotoriousFolk, she has toured across the continental United States, and performed and taught in Alaska, Hawaii, India, Iceland, the UK, and Afghanistan.
Beginning her classical studies at the age of four, it was not until her teenage years that Eden became an active member of the traditional music and dance community in Houston, Texas. This led to years of playing and singing with American and International folk bands, jazz and swing groups, and early music ensembles. Eden also continued to develop her skills as a classical violinist, attending Houston’s renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, winning the Music Teacher’s National Association State Division and the Lennox Young Artists Competitions, and, eventually, earning her BM and MM degrees in classical performance from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston as a student of Fredell Lack, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as a student of Kenneth Goldsmith. https://fiddlegarden.net/biography/