The American Chamber Ensemble, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary season, will perform its annual spring concert on Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m. at The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus. Music will include Douglas Moore’s Quintet for clarinet and strings, Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet, Peter Schickele’s Piano Quartet, Long Island-native Jonathan Russ’s new solo piano work, written for ACE Director Marilyn Lehman, and songs by Ned Rorem. The American Chamber Ensemble is a professional ensemble in residence at Hofstra University’s Department of Music.
Performers are pianist Blanche Abram, clarinetist Naomi Drucker and pianist Marilyn Lehman, with violinists Eriko Sato and Deborah Wong, violist Lois Martin and cellist Chris Finckel. They will be joined by special guest artist, Hofstra senior Alex Lavoie, baritone.
Lavoie, a senior vocal performance major, has appeared in Hofstra Opera Theater’s productions of Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas), L’Ivrogne Corrige (Cleòn) and Die Verschworenen (Bastian). During his undergraduate studies, he also has had the opportunity to study under the direction of Dr. David Fryling as a member of the Chorale and Chamber Singers.
Last summer, Lavoie participated in the Oyster Bay Music Festival on Long Island and will be returning this summer as the Voice Intern for the program. In addition to his voice concentration, he has a passion for arranging and has received awards for his a cappella arrangements. He plans to continue his music studies in graduate school.
Members of the Hofstra community may receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. Tickets are $20 general admission; $15 for senior citizens (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra students with ID. For tickets and more information call the Hofstra Box Office at 516-463-6644. Tickets will also be sold online and may be purchased at the door (if seat are available) starting 90 minutes prior to show time.