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Each year we offer a $1000 Scholarship to one matriculating Saugerties student pursuing a music education.

Scholarship Application   (deadline 5/1/2021 for Award Presentation on our stage at our May concert)  

An Open Letter To Our Community

These are difficult times for any arts organization, as they are for all the creative artists and musicians these organizations rely upon to fulfill their mission statements. Saugerties Pro Musica is no exception.
The board of Saugerties Pro Musica has decided to take some unusual steps in an attempt to save our 25th Season. We already cancelled the last three concerts of the 24th season. Now we are cancelling the first three concerts of our 25th season - September, October & November 2020 - limiting us to only five concerts scheduled each month from January to May of 2021. Due to the savings incurred by cancelling those six concerts, the remaining five concerts will be free. No admission will be charged. This guarantees that a community struggling under the economic losses of the COVID-19 pandemic can at least have good music for free. One caveat, this can only happen if the Saugerties United Methodist Church, where our concerts are held, is available for this purpose. Currently they do not anticipate allowing third-party use of their facility this fall. We hope to be able to hold concerts there in 2021. If we cannot, the entire season is lost.
On another note, our contract with the musicians reads that they receive payment on the day of the concert, but if a performance is cancelled they do not get paid. In light of these difficult times, we will prepay one half their contracted performance fee now to help tide them over during this pause, with the balance paid on the concert date. If events dictate that we must cancel any more concerts, we will make every effort to reschedule the musicians to a future concert date. But, if we are unable to reschedule for whatever reason, the advance fee may be kept by them without repayment. This is our way of helping to ensure musicians are here for future performances. It is unprecedented for any tiny organization to do, but extraordinary times require extraordinary actions.
In effect, besides helping our musicians, other Arts Organizations, and our community, Saugerties Pro Musica is self-funding its 25th season. Many organizations are not able to do that. This will leave them a bigger piece of whatever arts funding is available for not-for-profits in these tight financial times. Please support these organizations and our local advertisers. Local businesses are the heart of our town, funding organizations such as ours, as well as countless other events and organizations that help to make Saugerties the vibrant, thriving community we all enjoy. They deserve our support.
Thanks to everyone who has helped make Saugerties Pro Musica a successful institution celebrating a quarter century of fine music in our community. Our next concert is January 24, 2021. Until then, remember - stay safe & healthy - keep music in your lives and equality in your hearts.
Saugerties Pro Musica Board
Lisa Mayone
Edward Leavitt
Richard Frisbie

EKSTASIS - Jan 24, 2021
Natasha Farny & Eliran Avni
Program ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Bio

All concerts are on Sunday at 3 PM, at Saugerties United Methodist Church on the corner of Washington Avenue & Post Street in Saugerties. (#67 Washington Ave) 


January 24, 2021
Ekstasis - Cello & Piano

February 21, 2021
Ani Kalayjian Cello Trio

March 21, 2021
Rolf Shulte Duo - Piano & Violin

April 18, 2021
Adaskin String Trio

May 16, 2021
Will Hayes Trio


September 19, 2021
Trio Kisosen - piano trio

October 17, 2021
Duo - piano & violin

November 7, 2021
Annual Bard Conservatory of Music Concert

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PROGRAM (subject to change)
Celebrating Women Composers

Sonata in B-flat Major, op. 46 Louise Farrenc (1804-1875)
I. Allegro moderato

Three Romances, op. 22 Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
I. Andante molto
II. Allegretto
III. Leidenschaftlich schnell

24 Preludes (1999) Lera Auerbach (1973 - )
7. Vivo ma non troppo e poco agitato
23. Adagio sognando
24. Vivo


Lament (2000) Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (1939 - )

Sonata in A minor, op. 5 Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio non troppo
III. Allegro vivace e grazioso

Hommage à Nina Simone arr. D. Kaufman
1. My Baby Just Cares For Me
2. Don't smoke in Bed
3. Love Me or Leave Me


Extasis Duo
Natasha Farny has distinguished herself as a talented artist of significant versatility, sensitivity, and experience. An accomplished soloist, Ms. Farny has performed with such orchestras as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and several orchestras throughout New York State. She has appeared at international festivals such as the Czech Republic's Dvorak Society American Spring Festival, Germany's Kronberg Cello Festival, Italy's Brancaleoni International Music Festival, and many American festivals.
Eager for new pathways, Ms. Farny has experimented with many different musical styles and instruments. She learned the Theremin cello, took a course in Baroque cello, and has delved into jazz improvisation with Fredonia string colleagues, performing as a member of FredFour, a string quartet with double bass. Ms. Farny is also active as a new music performer. Additional research interests include cataloging, promoting, and performing works for cello by women composers.
As cello professor at the School of Music at the State University of New York in Fredonia, Ms. Farny oversees the Fredonia cello choir and coordinates the string chamber music program. Ms. Farny has been honored there with several awards, including grants from the Faculty Student Association and the United University Professions, as well as the Hagan Young Scholar Artist Award for outstanding artistic performance.
Natasha Farny holds bachelor's degrees begun at the Curtis Institute of Music and finished at Yale University, a master of music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and a doctorate of musical arts degree from The Juilliard School. She released her debut solo CD of French cello music in January 2020.

Having begun his childhood musical training at the Tel Aviv Academy with Marina Bondarenko, pianist Eliran Avni won first prize in both the Clairmont and Rachmaninoff Competitions at the age of 16. Praised as possessing both "ironclad technique" and "ample suppleness" by The New York Times, Eliran Avni is an emerging force in the contemporary classical music scene. Hailed as "The new hope of Israeli music" by Ma'ariv, he made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta at age 17.
Having developed a strong affinity for chamber music after studying with world-renowned musicians Yo-Yo- Ma and Isaac Stern, Mr. Avni collaborated with numerous artists and the Chicago Chamber Music Players, as well as actors Sigourney Weaver and Richard Chamberlain. He has recorded for the Naxos, Tzadik and SHUFFLE Concert labels.
As a soloist, Eliran is known as a preeminent interpreter of the music of composer Avner Dorman. Solo performance highlights include Dorman's Azerbaijani Dance with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta at Carnegie Hall, Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto with the Alabama Symphony, and the Grieg Concerto with the Oakland East Bay Symphony.
Dr. Avni received both his BM and MM degrees while studying with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at The Juilliard School and completed his DMA degree as a student of both Dr. Kaplinsky and Jerome Lowenthal.


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All concerts are on Sunday at 3 PM, at Saugerties United Methodist Church on the corner of Washington Avenue & Post Street. (#67 Washington Ave) 

Season Tickets are $75 for all 7 concerts. 

Single ticket admission is $15 for Adults, Seniors $12. Students are always FREE - kindly invite some to join you at our concerts. 

Saugerties Pro Musica do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious belief, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability
Saugerties United Methodist Church has a handicap access ramp for the concert and an automatic chair for the stairs to the reception/restrooms.

For more information please email or call: 845-679-5733


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