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Happy Birthday Mozart! concert, Sunday, January 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM

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The Farmstead Arts Center

450 King George Road

Bernards, NJ 07920

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Brennan Sweet, violin

Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano

Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria on January 27, 1756. He began composing at the age of 5 and quickly became known throughout Europe as a piano prodigy. He went on to become, and remains to this day, among the most popular of classical composers, exerting a profound influence on subsequent Western art music. Violinist Brennan Sweet and pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti will lead us in celebrating the Maestro’s 263rd birthday with a concert of music that was written at the time the Farmstead was being built! The program will include works by Mozart and his contemporaries.

Brennan-Sweet

Born in New York City, Brennan Sweet began violin studies at two years of age in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1977 he studied violin at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. Sweet earned a bachelor of music degree from Indiana University, and served for three years as teaching assistant to Distinguished Professor Emeritus Josef Gingold before joining the faculty for another two years as a lecturer. Concertmaster of several orchestras during his time in Indiana, including the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras, Sweet was also a founding member of the Evansville String Quartet. He performed two seasons as assistant concertmaster of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder under Maestro Giora Bernstein, and in 1994 he won the position of associate concertmaster with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Subsequently, he led the orchestra for three seasons as acting concertmaster under Maestro Zdenek Macal. Sweet was a founding member of the Mostly Mozart at Monteux Festival in Hancock, Maine, and has served as coach and performer at the Raphael Trio Chamber Music workshop in New Hampshire and ASTANJ’s Chamber Music Institute. After holding the position of concert artist faculty member at Kean University for seven years, Sweet began teaching at the Mason Gross Extension Division at Rutgers University in 2013. In 2015 he was invited to join the collegiate faculty at the Mason Gross School.

Allison Brewster Franzetti

Grammy® Nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist and Best Classical Crossover Album and Latin Grammy® Nominee for Best Classical Album and Best Tango Album, pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti is acclaimed for stunning virtuosity and musicality. Performance highlights include the Grammy® Awards ClaHe is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent Western art music is profoundssical Music Tribute to Earl Wild and Lang Lang at Walt Disney Concert Hall, American Classical Music Hall of Fame, Campeche Festival in Mexico, VI International Festival of Music at the Teatro Colon, and tours throughout the US, Mexico, Europe, Argentina and Japan. Her latest CD, Luminosa, recorded with Carlos Franzetti and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, is available on Sunnyside Records.

An accomplished collaborative pianist, she has worked with Sir James Galway, John Corigliano, Stephen Paulus, Carlos Franzetti, Lowell Liebermann, Robert Aldridge, Herschel Garfein, David Maslanka, Ransom Wilson, Robert White, Eugenia Zukerman, and Julius Baker, amongst others. Dr. Brewster Franzetti holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She is Director of Chamber Music at Mason Gross, Extension Division.

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General Admission $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Seniors, students and Farmstead members $10 in advance or at the door

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