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Jamesport Meeting House presents cello & piano recital

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On Saturday, December 8 at 7PM, at the Jamesport Meeting House, 1590 Main Rd. in Jamesport, New York, cellist Eric Bartlett and pianist Peggy Kampmeier will perform a duo recital of music by Luigi Boccherini, Paul Suits, Peter Susser and Dmitri Kabalevsky.

Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) and may be purchased at online at www.jamesportmeetinghouse.org or at the door. For information about the concert call (917) 714-7639.

Cellist Eric Bartlett has been a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1997, and for two seasons held the title of Acting Associate Principal. He currently holds the Shirley and Jon Brodsky Foundation Chair.

Before joining the New York Philharmonic in 1997, Mr. Bartlett had already established himself as an artist of formidable talent and artistic integrity. He has appeared frequently as a member soloist with the world famous Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and is featured on several of their Deutsche Gramophone recordings. In addition to Orpheus, his solo appearances include the Cabrillo Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Anchorage Symphony, the Hartford Chamber Orchestra, the Aspen and Juilliard Orchestras, and the New York Philharmonic’s “Horizons ‘84” series. Mr. Bartlett is the recipient of a Solo Recitalist’s Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a special Performance Award as a finalist of the 1987 New England Conservatory/Piatigorsky Award. Recent solo appearances include the Cabrillo Music Festival, and the Brattleboro Music Center in Vermont.

Pianist Margaret Kampmeier enjoys a varied career as a soloist, collaborative artist and educator. She is a founding member of the Naumburg award-winning New Millennium Ensemble, and performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared often with the Kronos Quartet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Colorado and Cassatt Quartets, Sherman Chamber Ensemble, Saratoga Chamber Players, Richardson Chamber Players, Peter Schickele and many new music ensembles including Sequitur, Newband, Speculum Musicae and Musician’s Accord. A dedicated educator, Ms. Kampmeier teaches at Princeton University, and has presented forums on the music of women composers and contemporary techniques. A recently named Symphony Space “All Star”, Ms. Kampmeier will perform at New York City’s Symphony Space numerous times in the coming seasons. As a recording artist, Ms. Kampmeier can be heard on the Albany, Centaur, CRI, Koch, Nonesuch, Bridge and Deutsche Gramophone labels.

Composer Peter Susser, whose Five Ballads for Solo Cello will performed by Mr. Bartlett is a resident of South Jamesport. Susser is a music educator and composer. He has a long association with Columbia University, where he earned his DMA in music composition and in 2010 was made Director of Undergraduate Musicianship. He is also Program Head of the Sight Singing Department at the American Musical And Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York. City He studied composition with Mario Davidovsky and George Edwards at Columbia University and Henry Brant and Vivian Fine at Bennington College. He was invited by Gyorgy Ligeti to attend a master class in Hamburg, Germany in 1988. Susser studied cello with Lorne Munroe, Ardyth Alton and Michael Finckel and in 1984 won the Pablo Casals award and Ravel Competition at the Manhattan School of Music.

Susser has been commissioned by a variety of orchestras, ensembles, soloists and organizations. This year his music has been performed at the International Festival of Contemporary Performance at the Mannes College of Music and at Cello Fest at the City College of New York. Other commissions include those by New York Philharmonic Contrabassoonist Arlen Fast (2012), the Unitarian/Universalist Church (Nantucket, MA), the Queen’s Chamber Band, the Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East, the Sage City and New Amsterdam Symphonies, and Speculum Musicae. His music has been awarded prizes from the Composition Contest of the City of Ostend, Belgium, and the International Clarinet Competition (1999), Phi Mu Alpha Sinphonia Woodwind Quintet Competition, Moorehead State University, KY, (1990), the Symposium for New Woodwind Quintet Music, University of GA (1990), and the Third American Cello Congress, Jill Sackler Large Cello Ensemble Composition
Competition IU, Bloomington, IA, (1986). He has been awarded grants from
Alice M. Ditson Foundation, Columbia University, NY (2001, 1999), Meet the Composer, Inc. (1999, 1991), Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Program, ACM/NY (1997). As a cellist Susser won a Performance Award, National Association of Composers/USA, NY Chapter (1987), the Pablo Casals Prize, Manhattan School of Music (1984) and the Ravel Competition, Manhattan School of Music (1984).
Peter Susser’s music is available on Albany and Capstone Records.

Susser has recently returned from China where he gave lectures and master classes on solfege, improvisation, theory and musicianship at the Beijing Dance Academy and the Xian Conservatory of Music.

The Jamesport Meeting House

The 1731 structure was acquired in 2008 by a group of residents who came together to form a not-for profit entity, the Jamesport Meeting House Preservation Trust, to ensure that the historic structure will remain forever in community hands.

Built by Riverhead’s Puritan founders, it is the oldest public building on the East End, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a town landmark. It now serves as a venue for a wide range of community events, including civic meetings, concerts, lectures and even weddings.

The Meeting House is located at 1590 Main Road on the corner of Manor Lane in the center of the Jamesport Hamlet Historic District. For information about the Meeting House, see www.jamesportmeetinghouse.org


Source: The Jamesport Meeting House press release issued Nov. 12, 2012