Saturday, April 22, 2017
Fort Washington Collegiate Church
729 W. 181st St., New York, NY 10033

Nanci Belmont, Bassoon
Alexandros Petrin, Violin
And friends! 

Generously presented by the Bizzarro Agency.

This concert will last approximately 1.5 hours including intermission.


Members of the orchestra are featured this season in our new solo recital series! Principal bassoonist Nanci Belmont performs works by Villa-Lobos, Telemann, and Hersant; Violinist Alexandros Petrin performs music by NYC-based composers Kim Sherman and David Noon alongside works by Copland, Ponce, and Velasquez. Free! Young listeners welcome!

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Nanci Belmont, Bassoon

Sonata in F Minor, TVW 41: f1                                                   Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Niggun                                                                                      Philippe Hersant (1948- ) 

Ciranda das Sete Notas                                                           Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

Elizabeth Dorman, Piano

Alexandros Petrin, Violin

Invocation for voice, solo violin and string quartet                 Kim Sherman (1954- )

Stephanie Leotsakos, Soprano
Ani Bukujian, Violin
Michael Eby, Violin
Nicholas Kaynor, Viola
Kate Dillingham, Cello

Cadenza for Violin World Premiere                                         David Noon (1946- )

Two pieces for Violin and Piano                                              Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

Aria                                                                                            Kevin Puts (1972- ) 

Semra Amiraslan, Piano

Estrellita (My Little Star) for voice, violin and piano                 Manuel Ponce (1882-1948)

Nicolette Mavroleon, Soprano
Igor Petrin, Piano

“Bésame Mucho” for voice, violin and piano                          Consuelo Velázquez (1916-2005) 

Nicolette Mavroleon, Soprano
Eirini Gavriilidou, Piano

About the Artists

Praised as "Outstanding" by the New York Classical Review, bassoonist Nanci Belmont is a dynamic musician enjoying a diverse career as an orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, and teaching artist. Nanci is a member of the City of Tomorrow, a woodwind quintet dedicated to the performance of contemporary works. She has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble ACJW, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, and Decoda, and has enjoyed additional performances with the Charleston, Princeton, and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestras. As a soloist, she recently won Second Prize in the 2016 Gillet-Fox Competition of the International Double Reed Society, and has performed as a concerto soloist in New York City with the Metro Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble mise-en. Following her passion for teaching, Nanci was a 2012-2014 Fellow of Ensemble ACJW, a Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weil Music Institute, and currently works as a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble. Nanci serves on faculty at the Special Music School and the USDAN Camp for the Creative and Performing Arts.

Greco-Russian violinist Alexandros Martinos Petrin was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece by a musical family. A recent winner of Miami Summer Music Festival's Concerto Competition, he performed as a soloist at the New World Symphony in Miami and at the end of 2016 he will be soloing with the New York Chamber Players as the first prize winner of the Annual Concerto Competition. In addition he participated in a masterclass with Leonidas Kavakos and Mikhail Kopelman and was the winner of Lilian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition with his string sextet. He has been a member of the Symphony in C orchestra since 2013 and recently became a member of Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra as well. Last year he performed as concertmaster of Miami Summer Music Festival Orchestra in two concerts in one of which he played the Solo of Richard Strauss's 'Ein Heldenleben' and also had masterclasses with Gary Levinson, Yuriy Bekker and Andres Cardenes.  In 2012, Mr.Petrin was featured soloist in a tour of Turkey with the Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra directed by Orhun Orhon, performing the Brahms Double Concerto with his brother, Timotheos Petrin. He has made appearances in festivals throughout Europe such as the Afytos Festival and Doumpeia Music Seminars, Greece, the Burgos International Music Festival, Spain, Grächen Music Festival, Switzerland, the Euro Arts Music Festival and Academy, Leipzig and Wuppertal, Germany and the Academy of Music Festival in Nyack, NY. Mr. Petrin has been awarded several prizes in international competitions including the Panhellenic Violin Competition, first prize at the North Greece College Violin Competition, Diploma at the Fifth International Nutcracker Competition, Moscow, Russia, and second prize at the Nedjalka Simeonova International Violin Competition, Haskovo, Bulgaria. Mr. Petrin began his studies with Stefanos Simonidis at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, from which he graduated with a Gold Medal and distinction and continued working with Nina Patrikidou until 2010. He holds a Bachelor and a Master Degree from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Isaac Malkin and was also scholarship recipient of the Onassis Foundation.