JAZarts New York Announces The Launch of New Concert Series in New York City with Vivaldi & Friends: The Chapel Concerts at Murray Hill/Kips Bay November 18, 2011

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On Friday, November 18, 2011 at 8pm, JAZarts New York(sm) presents "Vivaldi & Friends", the first in an exciting new music performance series in New York City, "The Chapel Concerts at Murray Hill/Kips Bay(sm)". The "Vivaldi & Friends" programme features Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" as well as works by Tomaso Albinoni, Johann Pachelbel and Jules Massenet.

Vivaldi's Four Seasons concertos are today the most widely known of his works and loved for their wonderfully descriptive tone-painting. Set off by beloved works by Albinoni and Pachelbel, this is a delicious sampler of some of the best of Baroque music.

On Friday, November 18, 2011 at 8pm, JAZarts New York presents "Vivaldi & Friends", the first in an exciting new music performance series, "The Chapel Concerts at Murray Hill/Kips Bay(sm)."

The "Vivaldi & Friends" programme features Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" in its entirety, as well as works by Tomaso Albinoni, Johann Pachelbel and Jules Massenet. The concert will take place at the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary, 325 East 33rd Street in the Manhattan community of Murray Hill/Kips Bay.

Ticket prices are $25 adults; $20 seniors and students with ID. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite at http://jazartsnewyork.eventbrite.com or through the JAZarts New York website at http://jazartsnewyork.com/UpcomingEvents.html. Tickets can also be purchased at the door (cash only) 1 hour prior to concert.

Of the works, JAZarts Music Director Douglas Anderson states: "We're pleased to present, in this first concert, these iconic works of Antonio Vivaldi. The Four Seasons concertos are today the most widely known of his works, and are loved for their wonderfully descriptive tone-painting, ranging from birds, to rain and wind, to chattering teeth, to a dozing drunkard, to the hunt of a stag and much more. Vivaldi, a superb violinist himself and a great composer copied by no less than J.S. Bach, shows off both the violin soloist and the orchestra to great effect. Set off by beloved smaller works by Albinoni and Pachelbel, this is a delicious sampler of some of the best of Baroque music."

The "Vivaldi & Friends" programme will be performed by The JAZarts Ensemble(sm) with featured soloist, violinist Kurt Briggs. Mr. Briggs has appeared with many chamber ensembles and orchestras, including the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Connecticut Grand Opera, New Jersey Symphony, New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, the New York City Opera National Company, and the Vermont Symphony. His Broadway credentials include Les Miserables, Titanic, Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, Meet Me in St. Louis, Anything Goes, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Michael Crawford, and the full run of Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, Betty Buckley and Elaine Paige. Mr. Briggs has been heard in New York on WBAI, WNYC, and on WQXR performing Bartok’s Rhapsody and Franck’s Sonata on Bob Sherman’s The Listening Room, and in London on the BBC. He has also played and recorded for such well known popular and jazz artists as Harry Connick Jr., Celine Dion, Barry Harris, Alicia Keys and Frank Sinatra Jr.

JAZarts New York Music Director and Conductor, Douglas Anderson, is well known in New York City music circles. A conductor, composer, educator and producer who has been active in the New York area for more than 35 years, Mr. Anderson made his professional conducting debut at the Beacon Theater on Broadway, leading the Boston Ballet, with narrator Cyril Ritchard, in a run of Peter and the Wolf. Since his debut, he has conducted a variety of ensembles and over 75 world premieres. His musicianship and talent as a conductor has been recognized by performers, audiences and critics alike and his conducting has been described in rave reviews in both national and local publications as "excellently conducted", "musically polished", and "eloquent."

He is in regular demand as a guest conductor and, along with his role as Music Director and Conductor with JAZarts New York, he is also currently the Conductor of the Downtown Symphony, the Director of the Putnam Chorale, and Executive Director and Conductor of the American Chamber Opera Company which he founded in 1984. Under his direction, the ACOC has grown into an internationally recognized performing ensemble and has received local, national and international critical acclaim for its work in presenting innovative opera productions. The ACOC has presented 65 productions, including 26 premieres, and the company has been featured on local, national and international radio, including National Public Radio, the Pacifica network and Voice of America.

In 1991, Mr. Anderson received a citation from New York City Mayor David Dinkins for "making live symphonic music accessible to new audiences." He is on the faculty of the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY, where he is currently Professor of Music and was for 14 years Chairman of the Music and Art Department.

The Venue: the newly built modern Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Mary and Jesus was erected on the site of the original parish church on East 33rd Street, in the Kips Bay area of Manhattan. The parish was founded in 1872 and the original church was established under the patronage of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in the Archdiocese of New York, primarily serving Italian-Americans in the community. The new Chapel contains both the old and the new — from the original church as well as other city churches — from the many statues to the six restored and backlit leaded glass windows on the east and west walls that were part of the original church.

JAZarts New York(sm) is a New York City based company dedicated to developing and promoting arts and culture, culinary and tourism programs and events in New York City; to bringing the many talents of the City's performers and artists to New York City audiences in the neighborhoods where they live; to advancing education in the arts; and to building economic/tourism development through the offering of interesting and new cultural programs.

Additional information can be obtained from the JAZarts New York website at jazartsnewyork.com or by contacting JAZarts New York via e-mail at jazartsnewyork(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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