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First Concert of the 28th Season

A Graef Family Affair The Juliani Ensemble

September 17, 2023 at 3 p.m.

Juliani Ensemble
Juliani Ensemble - Cello, Flute & violin trio
Anita Graef - cello, Emily Seaberry Graef - flute, Julian Graef, violin, viola

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short video preview of our 27th season.

This FREE concert is live, in person at 3 p.m. Sunday September 17th, 2023 at the church, with a "meet the musicians" reception afterwards (masks and social distancing suggested) and it will be available soon afterwards on Saugerties Pro Musica's YouTube Channel (just follow the link to view any time) Or on click on LIVE STREAM.

Program ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Bio ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Contributors

PREVIEW Our 28th Season Schedule

Sept 17, 2023
Juliani Ensemble - violin, flute, cello trio
Oct 15, 2023
Itay Gorem - solo piano
Nov 5, 2023
Annual Bard Student Concert
Jan 21, 2024
Frisson (with piano) - quintet
Feb 11, 2024
Josefina Urraca - piano trio
March 10, 2024
AYA - piano trio
April 21, 2024
Extasis - piano/cello duo

OUR FULL SEASON 27 SCHEDULE - links as they become available are to concert videos

September 18, 2022
Ani Kalajian Piano Trio - Philip Edward Fisher / piano, and Bela Horvath / violin

October 16, 2022
Eric Siepkes - solo Piano

November 6, 2022
Bard Conservatory of Music violinist Elizabeth Chernyak, and friends

January 15, 2023
Ensemble Schumann - Piano, oboe, and violin trio

February 19, 2023
Argus String Quartet

March 19, 2023
Trio Raconteur - Piano, cello and violin (featuring Yalin Chi)

April 16, 2023
Tong & Sheppard - Piano & violin duo

SEASON 26 - links are to concert videos

September 19, 2021
Trio Kisosen Concert video.

October 17, 2021
Violin & Piano Duo - no video available

November 7, 2021
Avila Ensemble - classical & folk music of Venezuela

January 23, 2022
Liana Paniyeva - solo piano

February 20, 2022
Bard College Conservatory of Music - Brass Quintet

March 20, 2022
Frisson - chamber orchestra

April 24, 2022
Cuatro Puntos Ensemble - string quartet

An Open Letter To Our Community

Thanks to everyone who has helped make Saugerties Pro Musica a successful institution in our second quarter century of presenting fine music in our community. Until our next concert remember - stay safe & healthy - keep music in your lives and equality in your hearts.
Saugerties Pro Musica Board
Lisa Mayone
Edward Leavitt
Richard Frisbie

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Passacaglia for Violin and Cello (after a theme by Handel), Johann Halvorsen, 9’
“London” Trio No. 3 in G Major, Joseph Haydn, 11’

Trio No. 1, Op. 71, F. Danzi, 22’


Chau Paris (arr. violin and cello), Astor Piazzolla/arr. Teagan Faran, 4’

Serenade for flute, violin and viola (arr. flute, violin and cello), Op. 25, L.v. Beethoven, 25’
Tempo d’ordinario d’un Menuetto
Trio I
Trio II
Allegro molto
Andante con Variazioni
Allegro scherzando e vivace
Allegro vivace e disinvolto

-- (provided bios below)


The Juliani Ensemble
a highly acclaimed chamber music ensemble comprised of world class musicians, has delighted audiences with inventive, energetic chamber music concerts since its inception in 1999. As a performing partner at the Chicago Cultural Center in Preston Bradley Hall, the Juliani Ensemble performed to enthusiastic, appreciative audiences for over twenty years. They built a dedicated following and have garnered critical praise, including in the Chicago Tribune and other publications. Recent appearances include performances for “Concerts from the Library of Congress,” residencies at the University of Missouri, Epiphany Center for the Arts, next season at Washington and Lee University, live radio features on 98.7 WFMT, and engagements both nationally and internationally.
The core of the ensemble is comprised primarily of members of the multi generational Graef family musicians. Many of their Grammy-winning ensemble members are affiliated with organizations such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman School of Music, and more. The Juliani Ensemble programming stays fresh and fluid as our concerts feature international players in addition to the family core.
The Juliani Ensemble’s mission is to spread the joy of music through performance, education, outreach and artistry of the highest level.

The Musicians:
Emily Seaberry Graef, flute

Emily Seaberry Graef is the founder and the flutist of the Juliani Ensemble. Ms. Graef is a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Music where she won the Nelson Howenstein Award for outstanding flute performance. Emily did post graduate study at The University of Maryland and at The Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria where she studied with Helmut Zangerle. She is the former Principal Flute and soloist with The Rome Festival Orchestra and has performed as flutist with The Chicago Winds, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series and on the nationally acclaimed and broadcast Dame Myra Hess series. Emily was the co-founder of The Galena Chamber Ensemble, a chamber music organization which performed in Galena, Illinois for 10 years in historic Turner Hall. She has been an artist in residence at the People's Music School and is a former faculty member of the Merit School of Music. Beginning in 1999, Ms. Graef and the Juliani Ensemble were performing partners with The Chicago Cultural Center for 20 years, performing chamber music concerts throughout the year in historic Preston Bradley Hall. Ms. Graef has maintained a teaching studio for more than 30 years.

Julian Graef, violin, viola
Julian Graef has established himself as a versatile performer of distinction, appearing frequently as a violinist, violist and conductor. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Graef holds a position as Assistant Principal viola of the Missouri Symphony, and has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Festival appearances include the Atlantic Music Festival as a fellow, The North American Viola Institute at Orford Academy, Brevard Summer Music Festival and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Youth in Music Winter Festival, directed by Maestro Riccardo Muti. In addition, Mr. Graef has also worked with artists such as Leonard Slatkin, Krzysztof Urbanski, The Ying Quartet, Keith Lockhart, and Jeff Beals. Currently, Julian directs and performs with the Juliani Ensemble, frequently collaborating with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Recent appearances include features on WFMT radio and his conducting debut with the Royal Martinu Philharmonic. Mr. Graef has taught at the Eastman School of Music, where he obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Mr. Graef performs on a 1942 Carletti viola.

Anita Graef, cello
Described as a musician of “superb artistry” (Pasadena Now) who plays with “high energy and polish” (WQXR), cellist Anita Graef has earned recognition for her music making as an artist who is equally at home exploring traditional as well as contemporary works, along with a deep commitment to service, outreach and education. Notable appearances include features in Strings Magazine, as well as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series, and “Concerts from the Library of Congress.” She has also performed as a guest of various radio programs, including WQXR, WFMT, WGTE, WUOL, WOSU, WVPB, NPR and others. Ms. Graef has performed with orchestras across the United States, with recent and upcoming engagements including the Louisville Orchestra, Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and others. Highlights of the 2022-2023 season include her New York debut with the Riverside Symphony, as well as recital appearances at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, Ojai’s Chamber on the Mountain, the Charlotte Warner Concert Series at Kenyon College, the Nielsen Concert Series, and return appearances to “Live from WFMT” and “Temecula Presents,” among others.
She completed her Bachelor’s studies at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Following this, she obtained a Master’s Degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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