Monday, February 6, 2017

Bard at Beattie returns with works by Bach and Webern, Sun., Feb. 19, 2pm. Free admission

Baroque meets Atonality in an intriguing program performed by these award-winning musicians from the Bard College Conservatory of Music. For reservations,

Yezu Elizabeth Woo, Violin
Tomoki Park, Piano and Harpsichord


Bach Partita No.4 in D major for Keyboard, BWV 828

Webern Variations for Piano, Op.27

Bach Partita No. 1 in B minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1002
i.Allemanda – Double
ii.Corrente – Double
iii.Sarabande – Double
iv.Tempo di Borea – Double

Webern 4 Pieces for Piano and Violin, Op.7

Bach Sonata No.6 for Violin and Harpsichord
i. Allegro

Ms. Woo is in the Advanced Performance Studies program of the Bard Conservatory of Music with Laurie Smukler. She made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2004, where she became the youngest performer to play all 24 of Niccolo Paganini’s Caprices for solo violin. Since then, she has been invited to perform at the United Nations and traveled extensively for performances at Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall in New York, Smetana Hall in Prague, and the storied Musikverein in Vienna. She has appeared with the New Jersey Symphony, North Czech Philharmonic, Slovakian Radio Symphony,  Bulgarian Symphony, Romanian National Constanza Orchestra, Venezuela Philharmonic, and the Pyongyang Symphony of North Korea, as well as the Sungnam, KBS, Jeju, Mostly Philharmonic and Gangwon Provinces Orchestras of South Korea. Yezu is a receipient of the "Best Outstanding International Musician of the Year" (2004) award by the Arts Critics Association, as well as "Artist of the Year" (2005) by the Gangwon Talent Support Foundation of Korea. Yezu has recorded for EMI Classics Korea, Mook Sound and Warner Bros. Yezu co-founded and served as the Artistic Director of Shattered Glass, a conductorless string ensemble based in NYC, from 2012 to 2016, and she is currently the Artistic Director of New York in Chuncheon Music Festival in her Korean hometown of Chuncheon. Yezu was recently appointed Honorary Ambassador to the city. She received her B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music with Albert Markov and an M.M. degree at The Juilliard School with Catherine Cho. 

Mr. Park was born in 1990 in Yokohama. He has studied at the Purcell School of Music UK, Berlin University of the Arts, and Bard College Conservatory of Music, where he is completing the Advanced Performance Studies program with Peter Serkin. 
In 2006 Tomoki won the top prize at the 14th Young Artists’ Piano Competition in Tokyo and is a prizewinner at the 10th International Competition for Young Pianists in Ettlingen. Tomoki has performed widely across Europe, Japan and America, including his first concerto performance at age 13 in the UK and recitals in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Opera City, and London’s Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Southbank Centre. Some recent engagements are his performances at Geneva’s Pierre Boulez Festival, a Mozart recital in Salzburg’s Solitär at Mozarteum, and Bach and Takemitsu Double Piano Concertos with Peter Serkin and the Sacramento Philharmonic. His teachers have included Pascal Devoyon in Berlin and
 Tessa Nicholson in the US.

Friends of Beattie-Powers presents a spring bouquet of events in 2017. See you soon!

From classical music stars of tomorrow to critically acclaimed jazz masters, enjoy it all in the extraordinary surroundings of Beattie-Powers Place.

Friday, November 4, 2016

What voices! Thank you, Dawn Upshaw and students, for an uplifting afternoon of song

Once again, young artists from the Bard College Conservatory's Vocal Arts Program thrilled us with their talent and technique, nurtured by their instructor and mentor, the great Dawn Upshaw. Bravo!

MLB's John Thorn, fresh from the World Series and back at Beattie! Sat., Nov. 19, 2pm. Free admission

The Official Historian of Major League Baseball returns for another installment of his "Hot Stove League." Says Thorn, "baseball, like life, is more about losing", and this year he'll share his wit and wisdom on the subject. Please reserve at

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Jazz stars at Beattie: saxophonist Gary Smulyan and pianist Pete Malinverni, Sat., Nov. 12, 5pm. Admission $15

Planet Arts returns to Beattie with saxophonist and six-time GRAMMY winner Gary Smulyan and acclaimed pianist and composer Pete Malinverni, for an evening of world-class jazz. Each has collaborated with virtually every jazz master there is, and enjoying these brilliant artists in the intimate setting of Beattie-Powers Place is an experience you won't want to miss. Reservations at

Gary Smulyan

“Recognized as one of the premiere baritone saxophonist in jazz today.” 

Edward Blanco, AllAboutJazz

“…baritone saxophonist supreme Gary Smulyan finds perfection by dropping his 

deep, badass sound into the heart of a groove…”
Frank Alkyer, Downbeat

Born April 4, 1956, in Bethpage, New York, this gifted multi-instrumentalist started his music career by first learning alto saxophone during his teenage years on Long Island. Today he is critically acclaimed across-the-board and recognized as the major voice on the baritone saxophone. His playing is marked by an aggressive rhythmic sense, an intelligent and creative harmonic approach -- and perhaps most importantly – a strong and incisive wit.

In 1980, Smulyan became part of the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra then under the direction of Bob Brookmeyer as well as other important large ensembles including the Mingus Big Band and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Gradually establishing himself, the talented Smulyan was asked to share the stage and the recording studio with a stunning potpourri of luminaries including: trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Dizzy Gillespie, saxophonist Stan Getz, pianist Chick Corea, timbales king Tito Puente, and R&B/Blues and soul icons Ray Charles, B.B. King and Diana Ross.

Smulyan, in addition to performing and recording in support of a myriad of people began to accumulate a discography as a leader. At this point in his career he has at least 10 recordings out under his own name. Meanwhile he continues to play with wide variety of artists – each presenting him with an opportunity to fully express himself. In addition to his work on Monday nights with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Smulyan remains close with Joe Lovano, working with him in his nine-piece Nonet; then there is the exhilarating and liberating Dave Holland Octet and the seminal bassist’s Big Band. Beyond that, Smulyan has also enjoyed stints in the cooperative Three Baritone Saxophone Band as well as working with powerhouse tenor saxophonist George Coleman in his octet and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band that, similar to the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, is comprised of some of the world’s best players.

Gary Smulyan is a four-time winner of the Down Beat Critic’s and Reader’s Poll’s and a multiple winner of numerous other official polls including the Jazz Journalists Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year. He is a six-time GRAMMY award winner for his work with B.B. King, Lovano, Holland and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

Pete Malinverni

"One listen and you'll know why Malinverni is one of New York's great pianists."  
M.J. Ryan, Boston Herald

"...exhilarating moment-by-moment creativity. [Malinverni's] precise, detailed, 
elegant playing is highly accomplished technically. It is even more successful poetically."  
Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

Since coming to New York in 1981, Pete has established himself as a highly respected presence in local and national club and concert performances, as well as abroad in Europe, South America, and Japan, his work earning him an entry in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, as compiled by Ira Gitler and Leonard Feather. Writing in the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier, Jack McCray called him “a fiery but elegant pianist”, and his varied collaborations stand as testament to his abilities.

He’s performed or recorded in the company of jazz luminaries too numerous to mention (including Joe Lovano, Vernel Fournier, Charles Davis, Mel Lewis, etc.) exhibiting what Enso Fresia of Italy’s Musica Jazz called “an extremely unconstrained and brilliant pianism”. His two NPR appearances on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz”, one featuring Elvis Costello, put Malinverni before a greater public and many of his thirteen his recordings as a leader have earned four star reviews and inclusion on “Year’s Best” lists in several publications, including Down Beat Magazine.
Pete Malinverni is a composer, too. In a four-star review in All About Jazz, Rick Anderson noted, “the jazz world is full of pianists and composers with formidable chops, but it's rare to find musicians as accomplished as Pete, who write with his level of insightful straightforwardness or play with his kind of elegant approachability.” Likewise, Dave McElfresh said in Jazz Now that “Malinverni’s writing makes as much of an impact as his playing”. A composer of great depth, passion and individuality, he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, NY's Symphony Space and the Meet the Composer Foundation and contributed works to programs sponsored by, among others, the Jazz Composers’ Collective. His music for piano trio was featured on a WNYC/NPR broadcast concert for Chamber Music America at NY's Symphony Space and some of his work for Goepsle Choir and Jazz Ensemble was featured at Carnegie Hall's Recital Hall. Not only have his vehicles for jazz improvisation been described by Gary Giddins in the Village Voice as “knotty and original”, but musicians and public agree with McElfresh in Jazz Now that Malinverni’s ballad “This Time”, the title track of his third recording as leader, is “truly the  stuff standards are made of."                                                              

                                                                  Planet Arts
                                  For information and reservations contact Planet Arts at:
                                             518.945.2669 or

       The series is supported by the Greene County Council on the Arts County Initiative Program, 
           The New YorkState Council on the Arts and the Bank of Greene County

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sun., Oct. 30, 2pm. Zeitgeist: Goethe Interpreted. Free admission

Graduate students of the Bard College Vocal Arts Program, founded by legendary Met soprano Dawn Upshaw, return to Beattie-Powers Place with a program of song by Schubert, Schumann, Hensel, Brahms, Wolf. Reception with Ms. Upshaw and her young artists follows performance. Please reserve at