a FREE Concert

May 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Featuring music from the United States, France, Japan and Russia Performed by Faculty Members & Special Guests The Ephemera Quintet

Broadway Presbyterian Church

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New York, New York — Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) is pleased to present a very special joint concert featuring members of its gifted faculty and guest artists in a program exploring the richness of music in the 20th century on May 19 at 7 pm at the Broadway Presbyterian Church located at 601 West 114th Street at Broadway in Manhattan. Admission is FREE.

Some of the greatest composers of the 20th century gave voice to various historical events that would shape generations to come.  Hear how music can both express and transcend our world and enrich the experience of time and place. The first half of the program will feature three members of the BSM piano faculty in a program of music from France, The United States, Japan, and Russia.   From Parisian ballets at the start of the 20th Century to a passionate reaction to the turmoil of World War II, this program follows some of the cross-currents that span a century of dramatic and evocative music in works by such composers as Igor Stravinsky and William Bolcom.

BSM piano faculty member Sara Sherman will lead the second half as she takes us through a tour of Russian musical history.  From folk music of the Russian shtetl to songs of protest from the politically oppressed Soviet Union, you will journey through Russia’s sprawling musical landscape. Sara will be joined by BSM trumpet faculty member Rebecca Steinberg in a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s virtuosic “Concerto No. 1 for piano, trumpet, and strings featuring the Ephemera Quintet.

Featured Artists

Echoes of a Century:  Laurie Merchant, piano, Mina Kusumoto, piano, Tim McCullough, piano.

Russia’s Musical Landscape: Sara Sherman, piano, Rebecca Steinberg, trumpet with guest artists, Ephemera Quintet comprised of Ann Bermont and Simon Bilyk, violins,Caroline Curatolo, viola, Caleigh Drane, cello and Joshua Marcum, double bass.


Now in its 52nd year, BSM has served more than 80,000 children and adults through group classes, private instruction, and performance opportunities in classical, jazz, and rock music. Each week, over 650 students of all ages participate in a wide range of music making, including early childhood classes, a comprehensive pre-college program, free community concerts, and internet-based music programs. With accessibility central to its mission, more than 20% of Bloomingdale’s student body receives financial aid and scholarship assistance annually. For more information on Bloomingdale School of Music’s programs and concerts, visit, call the office at 212-663-6021, or email [email protected]

Bloomingdale School of Music is made possible with support from: FOUNDATIONS: Bernstein Family Foundation, Brenner Family Foundation, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, Columbia Community Service, D’Addario Foundation, Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Hyde and Watson Foundation, Libby Holman Foundation, New York Community Trust, Van Lier Fellowship, Pinkerton Foundation, Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund PUBLIC: New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal, New York State Assembly Member Daniel J. O’Donnell; CORPORATIONS: Colgate-Palmolive