‘Jewish Voices’ opens Westfield’s Mostly Music concert series

‘Jewish Voices’ opens Westfield’s Mostly Music concert series

Arnaud Sussmann and Michael Stephen Brown (Courtesy Mostly Music)
Arnaud Sussmann and Michael Stephen Brown (Courtesy Mostly Music)

Violinist Arnaud Sussmann and pianist/composer Michael Stephen Brown will be featured at “Jewish Voices,” Mostly Music’s opening concert on October 30. The series of live chamber music concerts is on Sundays at 3:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield. “Mostly Jewish Voices,” opening Music’s 43rd concert season, includes works by composers whose lives and careers were cut short during World War II. Mr. Arnaud’s memories about his family’s turbulent history during those devastating times will add to this moving and loving tribute.

The November 20 program will feature a quintet of talented young musicians destined to be future stars performing pieces by Bach, Scriabin, and Alfredo D’Ambrosio. The highlight of the concert will be Robert Schumann’s Quintet for Piano and Strings, a dramatic piece that has often been acclaimed as his greatest work.

Mostly Music returns on March 12 for a program with soprano Susanna Phillips, renowned violist Paul Neubauer, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center pianist Anne-Marie McDermott performing works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wagner, Beach, and Gershwin. Ms. McDermott has starred in roles at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

The April 23 show unites top chamber musicians from around the United States to perform octets for strings by George Enescu and Felix Mendelssohn.

The concert season will conclude on May 7 with a Baroque music program featuring Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” concertos and pieces by Bach, Albioni, and Leclair. Master violinists Ani Kavafian, Danbi Um, and Jennifer Frautschi will join violist Paul Neubauer, cellist Fred Sherry, bassist Anthony Manzo, and harpsichordist Jeffrey Grossman.

According to violist Paul Neubauer, Mostly Music’s artistic director, “We are delighted that Mostly Music is able to bring great chamber music performed by some of the most spectacular artists of our time to Westfield. These performers are soloists, chamber musicians and teachers and they come together to share the inspiring chamber music of great composers.”

A five-concert subscription for is $150; tickets will be on sale at the door for $40 for each concert; it’s free to students under 21. Mostly Music president Arlene Gardner urges New Jersey chamber music lovers to “skip the hassle of going into New York City and enjoy the best chamber music in the country here in Westfield.” For more information, go to mostlymusic.org or call (908) 789-8578.

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