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Social + Concert: "Spring Awakening" (Countertenor & Piano)
Goddard Riverside Community Center (Bernie Wohl Theater)
New York, NY
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Social + Concert: "Spring Awakening" (Countertenor & Piano)
Come meet other classical music fans and enjoy an exclusive performance!

From Pergolesi to Cage to Tori Amos, countertenor Jeffrey Palmer and pianist Riko Higuma present a diverse program of "springy" pieces for voice, piano and... toy piano??

Complimentary refreshments will be available. Doors open at 6:30 pm, the music starts at 7.

This is the first installment of the Eileen Siegel Memorial Concert Series.



D. Sheik           Mama Who Bore Me fr. "Spring Awakening"
B. Britten          Welcome Wanderer fr. "Midsummer Night's Dream"
G. Pergolesi    Three Selections from Stabat Mater
G. Caccini        Amarilli Mia Bella
G. F. Handel     Ombra Mai Fu
J. Cage             Suite for Toy Piano

     ***** INTERMISSION *****

Chinese Tr.      Mo Li Hua
C. Debussy      Beau Soir
L. Bernstein     Psalm 23
E. Beglarian     Play It Like A Girl
T. Amos             Cornflake Girl
S. Sondheim   Send In the Clowns
S. Barber          Sure on this Shining Night



Jeffrey Palmer (voice) had his debut as a soloist at the age of nine, singing the Pie Jesu from the Fauré Requiem Mass at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. As a classically trained countertenor, he has performed in theatres, halls, and churches across the globe, including Bath Abbey and the Theatre Royal Bath in England, Schönbrunn Palace in Austria, Knock Shrine in Ireland, the Hefei Grand Theatre in China, and San Francisco's Kanbar Center and New York's Steinway Hall in the United States. Hailed as "ethereal" by Hamish Bowles in Vogue Magazine, he has collaborated with jewelry line Erickson Beamon on four separate New York City fashion week shows and has lent his voice in presentations with gallery owners and visual artists such as Sandra Gering and Andres Serrano. He can also be heard on the soundtrack of the 2016 Netflix documentary "Amanda Knox". Mr. Palmer holds a bachelor's degree in music from Bath Spa University in England and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Riko Higuma (piano) had her debut as a soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony at the Van Cliburn Piano Institute. Her collaborations with other artists include Aaron Rosand, Neil Rosenshein, Cho-Liang Lin, Alan Gilbert, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, and Ray Chen, and she has performed in festivals such as Lidal North at the Norwegian Opera House, Zodiac Academy and Festival in France, La Jolla Chamberfest, and New Music On the Point with the American Modern Ensemble. Performance highlights with her prize-winning Zodiac Trio include Festival Radio France/Montpellier, Ottawa Chamberfest, Edinburgh Festival, a nine-city tour of China, and broadcasts by France 3 Television, Canadas CBC, WXQR, WFMT and WGBH. Ms. Higuma is a vocal coach at the Manhattan School of Music.



Named in honor of the organizer's late sister, who shared the gift of music with many others as a teacher, journalist, violinist and pianist, the goals of the series are to:

1) Present quality concerts at affordable prices.

2) Do so sustainably, i.e. without overreliance on government grants or private donations, which can too easily disappear. (Currently, funding is entirely from ticket sales.)

3) Give audience members an opportunity to socialize before and after every performance.

4) Reduce the "distance" between performers and listeners and create a "salon" feel by having introductory comments about each piece.

5) Pay performers, because musicians do highly skilled work and deserve to be compensated for it.


Terms and Conditions: All sales final; no refunds or exchanges unless the event is cancelled. No physical tickets; names of attendees will be on a list at the door. Seats are transferable at check-in by having someone else mention the name under which you paid. Program subject to change without notice.


Goddard Riverside Community Center (Bernie Wohl Theater) (View)
647 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10025
United States

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Arts > Opera
Arts > Performance
Music > Classical
Social > Adult

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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