Thursday, May 30, 2013

Strathmere Festival Orchestra will be playing in NYC

                                The Strathmere Festival Orchestra
 To Perform the Music of Ravel

On Friday, June 14 in Greenwich Village

Concert Features

Guest Soloists Susan Walters and Mayuki Fukuhara

One of New Jersey's top ensembles, the Strathmere Festival Orchestra will conclude its season with the music of Maurice Ravel in a performance at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at the Church of Saint Joseph in Greenwich Village, New York City. The orchestra will perform some of Ravel’s most beloved works including “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” “Pavane pour une infant defunte,” “Ma mere l’Oye Suite,” “Tzigane” and the jazz influenced “Piano Concerto in G major.”

Ravel’s “Piano Concerto” will feature pianist Susan Walters, who has collaborated with such renowned artists as Midori, cellists Peter Wiley and Sharon Robinson, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble and the Mendelssohn String Quartet. She has been a solo pianist with the New York City Ballet since 1997 and is a co-founder of the Golden Isles Chamber Music Festival on the Sea Islands of Georgia.

Violinist Mayuki Fukuhara will be the featured soloist in “Tzigne.” Mr. Fukuhara is a member of the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and is a principal violinist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Collegium and the Brandenburg Ensemble. A founding member of the Strathmere Ensemble, he is also concertmaster of the New York Scandia Symphony.

Based in Strathmere, New Jersey and comprised of more than 30 professional musicians from the region, the Strathmere Festival Orchestra is under the direction of Per Brevig, a Norwegian born musician who was the principal trombonist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Maestro Brevig has been attracting attention internationally as a conductor for almost 20 years. He is affiliated with the Aspen Music Festival, Julliard, Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, and with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder of the Edvard Grieg Society and is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes.

The Church of Saint Joseph is located at 371 Sixth Avenue on the corner of Washington Place.  Admission at the door is $30.00 for adults and $20.00 for students and seniors. For more information, visit

PHOTO: Violinist Mayuki Fukuhara will perform “Tzigne” by Maurice Ravel with the Strathmere Festival Orchestra in an all-Ravel concert on Friday, June 14 at the Church of Saint Joseph in Greenwich Village. Pianist Susan Walters will be featured in the jazz-influenced “Piano Concerto in g minor.” The program will also include “Ma mere l’Oye Suite,” “Pavane pour une infant defunte” and the popular “Le Tombeau de Couperin.” For more information, visit



EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo of Mayuki Fukuhara courtesy of the Friends of Mozart; photo of Susan Walters provided by the artist.  For more information or to arrange interviews, please call Don Jay Smith, 908-832-1020, or email to

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