The Hofstra University Music Department presents the annual fall concert of the American Chamber Ensemble (ACE) on Sunday, October 26, at 3 p.m., at The Helene Fortunoff Theater. This professional musical ensemble, directed by Blanche Abram and alumnae Naomi Drucker ’57 and Marilyn Lehman ’75 (pictured above), will present an exciting program of works by Beethoven, Chopin, Poulenc, Stravinsky, Milhaud and Smetana. Abram, Drucker and Lehman will be joined by acclaimed ACE artists, violinist Eriko Sato and cellist Chris Finckel and guest artist, clarinetist Stanley Drucker.
Tickets are $20 general admission; $15 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID. Members of the Hofstra community receive two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. Tickets are available through the Hofstra Box Office by calling 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Unless a performance is sold out, tickets are also available for purchase at the door (by cash or check only) starting 90 minutes before show time. The Helene
Fortunoff Theater is located in Monroe Lecture Center, off of California Avenue on Hofstra’s South Campus.
ACE was formed in 1965 when Abram and Drucker decided to break societal norms of the time. These driven women were determined to pursue motherhood, while also pursuing their musical passions. ACE, now celebrating its 36th year of residency at Hofstra, has a superb reputation and loyal audience for its concerts, recordings, commissions, and its support of American music and Long Island composers.
Prior to the ACE Fall Concert, join Blanche Abram on Sunday, October 12, at 3 p.m. for a Piano Party at 010 New Academic Building, featuring music and light refreshments. Artists Ellen Johansen ’81 and Stuart Lucks will explore Liszt Transcriptions of Schubert songs, Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A minor, Etudes by Liszt and Corigliano and a Nocturne by Fauré. Admission is free. For more information on that event, call the Department of Music at 516-463-5490.
Hofstra student Cassidy Lang ’17 contributed to this story