An Evening of Chamber Music
FRIDAY, MARCH 22 at 7:00 P.M.
followed by a free reception
SCARSDALE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
One Heathcote Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583
FOR TICKETS, CALL (914) 723- 2111
Jessica Petrus, soprano; Jacob Ashworth, violin; and Brett Terry, harpsichord
Join us for a beautiful concert to benefit the Lakota children of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota as we help establish music programs in their schools. Voice, violin, harpsichord, and piano will combine with candlelight and a beautiful reception to create an unforgettable evening.
Soprano Jessica Petrus will be joining us to sing a wide range of musical selections both old and new. A sensitive musician, Jessica seeks to explore humanity's richest complexities as she brings each piece to life through delicate and nuanced artistry. She has recently performed the role of Gabriel in Haydn's Die Schoepfung with Julliard 415 conducted by Masaaki Suzuki; multiple and notable performances as soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah; as well as the world premiere of Robert Kyr's The Annunciation. Jessica has been a featured soloist with many leading conductors, including Nic McGegan, Simon Carrington, Simon Halsey, James O'Donnell, Stefan Parkman, Andrew Megill, and Jeffrey Thomas, and has been featured in master classes with Dame Emma Kirkby, and L'Arpeggiata, led by Christina Pluhar, as part of the Carnegie Hall Weill Institute.
In addition to solo repertoire, Jessica is passionate about chamber music and is frequently sought after as a collaborator. She has recently performed both Steve Reich's Proverb, coached by the composer, and Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ. She also sings with Etherea, an eight-part vocal ensemble dedicated to the Romantic era's repertoire for treble voices, and will be a featured soloist on their second album, which will be released next season. She is also co-founder and duettist with her sister, soprano Juliet Petrus in their duo "Tu Es Petrus" which specializes in duet repertoire for high voices from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Yale University School of Music, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and currently lives in Boston where she is soprano soloist at the esteemed Church of the Advent in addition to her other musical activities.
Born in New York City, violinist and conductor Jacob Ashworth is an avid chamber musician and recitalist. He has recently performed the complete Brahms sonatas in recital as well as Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. He is also the founder and conductor of Cantata Profana, a chamber ensemble of gifted vocalists and instrumentalists. Under his leadership, they are committed to performin g the larger scale chamber works both modern and early, through creative, thoughtful, and innovative programming. Mr. Ashworth's studies have included mentorships from some of the leading violinists in the world, including Charles Castleman, Ani Kavafian, Isaac Malkin, Henryk Kowalski, I Hao Lee, Yuval Waldman and Barbara Krakauer. He has attended Manhattan School of Music, Indiana and Columbia Universities, and is now a doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Music.
Director of Music Brett Terry will be bringing his wonderful harpsichord with him to play selections with the other artists as well as some exciting solo repertoire. This uniquely beautiful instrument was built by William Dowd and modeled after harpsichords of the eighteenth century French builder Pascal Taskin. Brett will also utilize our Steinway piano to accompany the later works on the program.
The diverse repertoire includes an East Coast Première of a work by Susan Kander, as well as the music of Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Osvaldo Golijov, Lee Hoiby, W.S. Gwynn Williams, Bach, Beethoven, and more, spanning the gamut of styles and periods. A lovely reception and time to meet the artists, hosted by Bonnie Mitchell, will follow the program.
Tickets are $20 and there will be a free reception following the performance.
To purchase tickets, please call (914) 723-2111 or order online here: