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Heidi Breyer, Piano, “Moonlight In Empty Rooms” – CD release and Benefit
March 4 @ 7:30 pm
Preservation New Jersey and the Ewing Presbyterian Church invite you to experience a deep immersion into the visual and sonic realms in the 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center in a concert benefiting legal services for immigrants.
Heidi Breyer performs new, original piano music from her new CD and DVD, Moonlight In Empty Rooms featuring violin by Leonor Falcon and large video footage of Alexander Volkov’s Artwork which inspired the new collection of evocative and passionate music.
As immigrants, Heidi (from the U.K.) and Alexander (from Russia) invited us to use this concert to support the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) laldef.org/, a grassroots nonprofit organization based in Trenton, formed in 2004 to serve the low-income Latino immigrant communities of the Mercer County region. Their mission is to defend the rights of the Latin American community, facilitate access to health care and education, and advance cross-cultural understanding. One-third of the price of each ticket will be forwarded to LALDEF.
The eminent Russian realist painter Alexander Volkov and his wife, award winning pianist-composer Heidi Breyer have pushed the boundaries of collaboration well beyond synergy to synonymity through sharing their lives, their observations of the world around them and their love of art as a nourishing life ingredient. This collection of 12 piano and violin pieces written specifically in response to Alexander’s paintings of the same name, Moonlight In Empty Rooms is an art and musical immersion that speaks to anyone looking for an opportunity for deep contemplation.
In live performance. Alexander speaks philosophically about art and life and Heidi plays solo or ensemble and pitches in with lighter comment as if steering at the helm of the ship. It is a rare and unique thing. Heidi has created a deep visceral and musical analysis of Alexander’s art and together they deliver a singular experience that is not to be missed.
More information and samples of the CD are online at moonlightalbum.com. Copies of the CD/DVD set will be available for sale at the 1867 Sanctuary beginning the night of this concert.
Whether through teaching, learning, composing, performing or listening Heidi Breyer (www.heidibreyermusic.com) believes music can transform. Since early age Heidi’s life was inextricably linked to music through dance, drama and music study at the Arts Educational School in Hertfordshire, UK and later at Trinity College of Music in London. Following a career in the family business, Heidi immersed herself in music once again teaching piano, performing recitals, accompanying chamber and choral groups and playing the church organ. In the last five years she experienced a musical awakening and followed her deep passion for writing music resulting in 4 award winning albums and a new CD-DVD release, Moonlight in Empty Rooms, in 2018.
Heidi Breyer now resides in the artistic community of Frenchtown, New Jersey a bucolic and inspiring setting where she composes her music, prepares for her multi-media concerts, teaches, studies film scoring, and manages the business of world-renowned Russian painter, Alexander Volkov.
Alexander Volkov (www.alexandervolkovfineart.com) is a Russian-American oil painter who was born in St. Petersburg in 1960 and has lived and worked in Hunterdon County for 25 years.
He started painting with oil as a high school student. Combining a lifelong fascination with architecture, landscape and still-life subjects, Alexander brings drama and poetic expression into his work. With his unique vision, he merges mood and atmosphere, evoking powerful emotions that create harmony. “There is no greater mystery to me than the conflict of light and dark. In the way they clash and penetrate each other, there is the source of everything. Whether I paint a landscape, a still-life or a portrait, within it there is always a story of light traveling through darkness.”
Alexander paints landscapes, portraits and genre paintings and is available for commission.
Violinist and violist Leonor Falcon has a very diverse background performing music of different genres. As a classical musician, she has appeared as a soloist with Virtousi de Caracas, was a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela and in Switzerland, she was a co-founder of the chamber orchestra Camerata Candela that focused on Latin American contemporary repertoire and folk music.
She studied under Virginie Roibilliard at Mozarteum de Caracas, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from IUDEM (University of Music of Venezuela), a Master of Music performance degree from the Conservatory of Geneva, Switzerland and a Master of Jazz performance degree from Queens College in New York city.
Leonor spends her time performing around the NYC with different projects which include latin american, classical, jazz, avant garde and original music. Some collaborations and performances include Willie Colon’s band, Akua Dixon’s string quartet, Sirius string quartet, Maelo and the Latinoexperimental Project, Karl Berger improvisers orchestra, Mario Castro, John Ehlis Ensemble, Sarah Bernstein quartet, Mimi Jones black Madonna quartet, Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra, recordings for Christian Howes recording company, Off-Broadway shows with director Julianne Merrill, and most recently with Antenna and Chama, new projects of jazz/avant garde music that released their albums in 2015 and 2016.
Leonor just released her first album entitled IMAGA MONDO, a record in which all compositions are inspired by fantastic and mythological creatures. She’s also a member of the Solar string quartet, which is dedicated to performing original compositions by its members.
You can find more information on www.leonorfalcon.com
To Purchase Tickets
(Special Pricing for this Benefit Concert)
- $30 for General Admission
- $25 for Friends of the Sanctuary
- $10 for School and College students with ID
- $25 per person for Groups of 10 or more**
Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed if purchased online.)
**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.
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