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Homage à Debussy: Music by Claude Debussy for Voice and Piano, Piano Solo and Piano Four Hands
July 22 @ 3:00 pm
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the beloved and groundbreaking French composer, Preservation New Jersey is pleased to present Homage à Debussy, Music by Claude Debussy for Voice and Piano, Piano Solo and Piano Four Hands featuring Tim Brown, Noriko Schneiderman and Matthew Banks, Piano and Jessica Mary Murphy, Soprano in the beautiful acoustics and stained glass lighting in a Sunday matinee performance in the 1867 Sanctuary!
Featured works include the charming Petite Suite, the shimmering Nuit d’etoile, the evocative Estampes, the sensuous C’est l’extase, the melancholic Hommage à Rameau, the exuberant L’Isle Joyeuse, and the stirring Marche écossaise sur un thème populaire among others. You will not want to miss this wonderful tribute to a revolutionary composer who forever changed the way we understand musical tonality, structure and expression.
Timothy D. Brown appears frequently throughout the NJ/PA area as a chamber musician, accompanist and cabaret artist at venues such as Salon 33, The Stockton Inn, The Bucks County Cabaret and The 1867 Sanctuary as well as on the recital series of various churches and libraries.
Along with Noriko, Jessica and three other singers he has developed a program entitled Two Hearts in Three Quarter Time: A Brahms Liebeslieder Recital which has been presented at churches in Glenside, PA and Riverton, NJ as well as at Salon 33 and The 1867 Sanctuary. That program will be repeated in the fall at Christ Church New Brunswick and in the winter at Salem United Church of Christ in Doylestown, PA.
He has served as the accompanist for the RVCC Chorale, VOICES Chorale, The Capital Singers of Trenton and The New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus. This past fall he served as interim accompanist for the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus where he had the honor of playing for their performance with Cyndi Lauper and Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday.
Tim has worked with many schools, universities and theater companies throughout the area as a pianist, singer and musical director. Recent shows include My Fair Lady at Playhouse 22, Hairspray for Mystic Vision Players and Altar Boyz at Villagers Theater and Off Broadstreet Theater. Last April he was Co-Music Director for a very successful production of Stephan Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at Actors Net of Bucks County in Morrisville, PA.
He is currently the music director and organist for historic Christ Episcopal Church in Riverton, NJ. He maintains a private piano studio and freelances as a vocal, instrumental and dance accompanist.
A native of Columbus, OH, Tim is a graduate of Capital University with a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance. He also received a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.
Noriko Schneiderman, Pianist, is a native of Japan and studied in Tokyo and graduated from Musashino Academia Musicae. She came to the United States in 1989 and studied piano pedagogy at the New School for Music Study in Kingston, NJ. As a senior faculty member at the New School she taught both piano and piano pedagogy for five years. Noriko now teaches piano at The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ. As a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist she has performed in Austria, France, Japan, and the United States.
Pianist Matthew (Matt) Banks, hails from a musical family and is a recent graduate of Princeton High School. In September, Matt will enter Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design
(CAMD) to study in the Bachelor of Science Music Industry program.
A piano student of Timothy Brown for the past nine years, Matt also studied violin and viola with Louise McClure. Matt enjoys sports, movies, piano, listening to all styles of music, and taking time to hang out with his dog, Will. He resides in Rocky Hill with his family.
Soprano Jessica Mary Murphy is honored to return to The 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing for this performance of Homage à Debussy with Tim Brown and Friends.
A true Cross-over Artist, Ms. Murphy began her performing career as a child singer/actor, starring in several productions at the Regional Tony Award Winning Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis, MN. After gaining acceptance to the renowned musical theatre program at the University of Michigan, she performed in several main stage productions including Anything Goes (Mrs. Harcourt), A Little Night Music (Mrs. Nordstrom), and Candide (Cunegonde) opposite former Jersey Boys star Daniel Reichard in the title role. Directly after graduation, Ms. Murphy was cast as Sister Margaretta in the 2nd National Tour of the 1998 Broadway Revival Production of The Sound of Music starring “The Brady Bunch” personality Barry Williams. Ms. Murphy returned to New York City to continue pursuit of her musical theatre career, being cast in several regional productions in the Midwest and Northeast – Fiddler on the Roof (Grandma Tzeitel/ u/s Golde), The Wizard of Oz (Glinda/ Aunt Em), Titanic (Kate Murphey), Nunsense (Sister Mary Hubert), Footloose (Wendy Jo), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Madame de la Grande Bouche/ u/s Mrs. Potts), and The Music Man (Ethel Toffelmeir/ u/s Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn), culminating with a reprisal of her role as Sister Margaretta, and as Mrs. Martini/Mrs. Bishop in a production of A Wonderful Life at the celebrated Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler (Tony Award: Hamilton, In The Heights). In addition, Ms. Murphy toured with The Sound of Music in Asia, visiting mainland China and Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. Over her musical theater career, Ms. Murphy has done over 500 performances of the beloved Rogers and Hammerstein musical! Most recently, she was seen as Flick’s Mom/u/s Mrs. Schwartz at Philadelphia’s Historic Walnut Street Theatre in their production of A Christmas Story.
Her voice always “classically inclined,” Ms. Murphy returned to academia to complete her graduate work in classical voice performance at Westminster Choir College in 2010. Hailed as an “exceptional soloist,” who “demonstrates great control while singing at an incredibly soft dynamic, especially at the top of her range”, her opera roles include Frasquita (Carmen), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Baby Doe (The Ballad of Baby Doe), The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Serpina (La serva padrona) and Flora (The Turn of the Screw). After hearing Ms. Murphy sing a selection of Poulenc Mélodies in the French Art Song Festival at Westminster, the legendary coach and accompanist Dalton Baldwin invited her to study with him the following summer at the Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice in France. Upon her return, she was asked to be a soloist for Mr. Baldwin’s 80th Birthday Celebration in New York City the following winter. Ms. Murphy has performed nationally as a Solo Recitalist. She won First Place at the NJNATS Festival of Singing competition in both 2011 and 2012, and was selected as a Semi-Finalist at the Joy In Singing Positively Poulenc Competition in New York in 2013. Ms. Murphy is a Soprano with Opera Philadelphia’s Chorus under the baton of Elizabeth Braden, sings with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Philadelphia Symphonic Choir under Dr. Joe Miller, and freelances at churches around the Philadelphia Area as a Soloist and Soprano Section Leader.
Ms. Murphy holds a MM in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ) and a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). She currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband, James, and Poulenc, their cat.
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- $20 for General Admission
- $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
- $5 for School and College students with ID
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