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Songs of the Four Winds: New Music for Voice, Viola, and Piano

July 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey presents Soprano Abigail Chapman, violist Gregory K. Williams, and pianist Fang-Yi Chu in a concert of classical music by living composers in the beautiful acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary.

Soprano Abigail Chapman, violist Gregory K. Williams, and pianist Fang-Yi Chu
Soprano Abigail Chapman, violist Gregory K. Williams, and pianist Fang-Yi Chu

The performance includes songs in Chinese, Russian, and English, and pieces by composers from New York, Maine, Colorado, Puerto Rico, The Netherlands, and China. At times whimsical, at times gorgeously lush, and at times spiky and rhythmic, this exciting program will reward the adventurous concert-goer. Themes of romantic love, nature, freedom, and even death will be explored. The audience will hear a different take on Chinese folk song that leaves them attuned to new ideas of beauty, and luscious neo-Romantic music that will wash over them and leave them wanting more. We’ll hear a lesson from the wisdom of Rumi; a child playing with the four winds; music about insomnia; and even four Amendments from the Bill of Rights in song! This concert is sure to delight, intrigue, and inspire.


Bright Sheng: Three Chinese Love Songs
Rebekah Driscoll: May: Green-Wood Cemetery
Rebekah Driscoll: Выздоровление
Abigail Chapman: The Memory of Light
Anthony Green: on/Zeker
Chester Biscardi: Baby Song of the Four Winds
Alan Wingard: The Lame Goat
Stephen Tappe: Resurrection
Armando Luis Ramírez: Six Miniatures
Anthony Green: Three Amendments from Dona Nobis Veritatem

Abigail Chapman
Abigail Chapman

Soprano Abigail Chapman is known for her work in early music, her creative song recitals, and her performances of 20th and 21st century vocal music. She has been heard perviously at the 1867 Sanctuary with her early music ensemble, The Riverview Consort. Recent appearances also include performances with Brandywine Baroque, Les Agréments de Musique, the Bacheler Consort, the Mastersingers of Wilmington, the Choir of St. Mark’s Church in Philadelphia, and the Grammy-winning choir The Crossing. She has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Germany, Japan, and New Zealand. An enthusiastic advocate of new music, she has participated in the premieres of new works in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, and elsewhere. Ms. Chapman holds an MM from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, where she was awarded the George Woodhead Prize in Voice and a Peabody Career Grant.

Gregory K. Williams
Gregory K. Williams

Gregory K. Williams is the Principal Violist of the Berkshire Opera Festival, and Assistant Principal Violist of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. He is the founding violist with Rhymes With Opera, and performs regularly with the Golden/Williams Duo, and the Long Island-based Red Door Chamber Players. Dr. Williams has also performed with the American Ballet Theatre, Albany Symphony, the Binghamton Philharmonic, Symphony in C, the Syracuse Symphony, and at the Aspen Music Festival. His recent performances include solo recitals in the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, and throughout the United States. Awarded the Associated Music Teacher’s League Award in 2014, Mr. Williams has been on the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY since 2012. He graduated with his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Viola Performance from the CUNY Graduate Center in May 2018.

Fang-Yi Chu
Fang-Yi Chu

Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, pianist Fang-Yi Chu is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas, where she studied piano performance with Gustavo Romero and collaborative piano with Dr. Elvia Puccinelli. She earned her master’s degree at New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied with Victor Rosenbaum. Fang-Yi was invited to attend the International Keyboard Institute Festival in New York in the summer of 2010 and 2011. As an experienced collaborative pianist, she regularly performed in Denton, Texas with talented singers and instrumentalists. In summer 2015 and 2016, Fang-Yi was invited by American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz and Musiktheater Bavaria as a collaborative pianist and performed with singers in Austria as well as Germany. In May 2017, Fang-Yi was invited as an intern opera coach by The Druid City Opera Workshop at University of Alabama. She is now the pianist of the Red Door Chamber Players based on Long Island, and the accompanist at the Mannes school of music.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 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 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.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 from PayPal 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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July 23, 2018
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map