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Music by Members - Nov 30, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:00am
Music by Members
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Audree Raffay

Member Program featuring Audree Raffay, David Kennedy, Scott Lamlein, Maryjane Peluso, Benita Rose, and Anhared Stowe.

This program of mainly pieces written in a romantic vein begins with a group of well loved Legends and Slavonic Dances for four hands at one piano, by Antonin Dvorak. The piano team of Maryjane Peluso and Allison Platt will play Legends, Op. 5, No. 1 in D minor and Op. 59, No. 3, in G minor, and Slavonic Dances, Op. 72, No. 2, in E minor and Op. 46, No. 1, in C major.

(Note: The Dvorak set was not performed due to performer illness.)

The organist, Scott Lamlein, at St. Johns Episcopal church in West Hartford, will play Toccata in F by Dieterich Buxtehude, and from Symphony No. 5 for organ in F minor, the beautiful Adagio and very spirited and well-known Toccata.

Anhared Stowe, violinist and Pi-Hsun Shih, pianist, will perform the Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 47 (The Kreutzer). It is written in the style of a concerto in which he introduced elements of dynamic conflict, giving equal weight to both violin and piano. Anhared is a former player with the Hartford Symphony.

“A Little Bit of Broadway” is the title of baritone David Kennedy’s program. He will sing three songs, including Fiddler on the Roof, If I were a Rich Man, and To Life.

Benita Rose, pianist, will end the program with the Concert Etude No. 2 by Franz Liszt and the stirring Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 12. The Rhapsody is a popular piece, which needs good hand technique for its brilliant passage work and plenty of power for the final conclusion.


Legends, Op. 59                    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    No. 1 (Allegretto non troppo quasi andantino – D minor)

Slavonic Dances, Op. 72        Dvorák
    No. 2 (Dumka. Allegretto grazioso – E minor) Starodavny

Legends, Op. 59                    Dvorák
    No. 3 (Allegro guisto – G minor)

Slavonic Dances, Op. 46        Dvorák
    No. 1 (Presto (Furiant) – C major)

Maryjane Peluso & Allison Platt, piano 4-hands


A Little Bit of Broadway:
Fiddler on the Roof        Jerry Bock (1928-2010), music; Sheldon Harnik (1924- ), lyrics
    If I Were a Rich Man                
    To Life

David Kennedy, bass-baritone
Sylvia Goldstein, piano


Toccata in F major, BuxWV 157           Dieterich Buxtehude (ca.1637-1707)

Symphony for Organ No. 5 in F minor, Op. 42, No. 1        Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
    Toccata (Allegro)

Scott Lamlein, organ


Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 (Kreutzer)            Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Adagio sostenuto -- Presto                         
Anhared Stowe, violin
Pi-Hsun Shih, piano

Concert Etudes, S.144                    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    No. 3 (Un sospiro)
Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 12, S.244/12            Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Benita Rose, piano


Audree Raffay

Audree Raffay, piano

Audree Kuehne Raffay has been a member of The Musical Club of Hartford for over 40 years. She is a classical pianist having performed as soloist, on two-piano programs, and in a trio for The Musical Club of Hartford.

She was also President of the Hartford Piano Society for 17 years, having taken over from pianist and teacher at Hartt School, Raymond Hanson. Concerts were held at Millard Auditorium. Audree brought many famous pianists from Europe and the U.S., including Van Cliburn winners, to give concerts and master classes at Millard Auditorium. The concerts brought listeners from the Hartford area and seats were usually filled to capacity.

At age 15 Audree received a scholarship to study with the Russian pianist, Alfred Mirovitch at Julliard and began her music studies there. Later, she became a student of the world-renowned teacher Isabelle Vengerova and studied at Mannes School of Music where Vengerova taught. After graduation she married her husband Stephen in NYC, and his job brought them to West Hartford.


David Kennedy

David's is not the typical resume for a singer. He has a BSME from Penn State where he was a member of the gymnastics team. He later added an MBA from the University of Hartford. In the Navy he was an Officer of the Deck on an aircraft carrier plus duties as Torpedo Officer and Nuclear Weapons officer. Attending Navy Law School added being ship’s Prosecution Counsel to his duties. After his Navy service he heard his first opera broadcast and became hooked on puzzling his way to discovering the elusive art of bel canto singing. This is his 28th year with Concora and additionally has performed over 30 musical theater and opera roles. They have varied widely from Pirate King, Madame Lucy, Voice of God, Mikado, Billy Bigelow, Petruchio, and lately some less taxing minor roles with Connecticut Lyric Opera.

Scott Lamlein

Scott Lamlein, organ

A multi-talented artist and musician, Scott Lamlein’s many roles include church musician, composer, piano and pipe organ performer, recording artist, choral conductor, pipe organ repair and rebuilding consultant, and principal of a website design business.

Cited by The American Organist magazine as infusing his music with “virtuosic flair and fire,” Scott’s performances, whether organ or piano, bring a unique emotional and spiritual inspiration to his audiences. Listeners find a place of solace, a time of wonder and awe. His playing has been described as inspiring, uplifting, powerful and flawless.

In demand as a concert artist, Scott travels near and far taking audiences on musical journeys, with appearances at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, First Night Worcester (MA), and the Organ Masters Series in Nashua (NH). He has concertized in Germany and Switzerland, as well as in metro Boston and New York. Scott’s concerts have been broadcast in South Carolina, Boston and Worcester. Previously, he served as Artistic Director of the Music Alive! Concert Series, the a cappella chorus, Sacred Voices, and the South Hadley Chorale.

Scott has 3 CDs in current release--The Organ at Worship, In Quiet Joy: Music of Advent and Christmas, and a CD of his piano compositions, entitled Peace. He also is featured on the CD, Great Organs of Worcester. His compositions are often featured as part of the online Jesuit daily podcast, Pray as You Go.
As Director of Music and Organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church, in West Hartford, CT, Scott directs a Royal School of Church Music affiliated Youth Choir and semi-professional Adult Choir, as well as presenting organ masterworks in regular Sunday services. He also serves as artistic director of the church’s Music at the Red Door concert series.

Scott’s life-long commitment to the marriage of things technical with things artistic led to his pursuit of web design. This broad knowledge gives his business, North Forty Road Web Design, a keen sensitivity for portraying businesses, individuals, and artist/musicians online in a unique and effective way.

Anhared Stowe

Anhared Stowe retired this past season from the Hartford Symphony after 46 years, 37 of which were as Principal Second Violinist. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she continued to pursue her passion for chamber music, working with groups such as the Hungarian String Quartet and the Guarneri String Quartet. Throughout her career, Ms. Stowe has performed chamber music extensively; she is the founder of the New World Trio and has been its violinist and artistic director for over 25 years. She has performed as soloist with orchestras in Connecticut, Florida, and Iowa. Most recently, Ms. Stowe was heard on NPR’s “Morning Edition”, accompanying the poet Edgar Silex with works of her own composition.

Pi-Hsun Shih

Pi-Hsun Shih enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and teacher. Ms. Shih has been a participant in a number of diverse chamber ensembles, and has been performing with the New World Trio for over a decade. The Taiwanese-American musician has also been a featured soloist with the Sao Paulo State Symphony, and the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, where she was also the principal keyboardist. She studied with Gary Steigerwalt, Hong-Kuan Chen, Irma Vallecillo, and Rolf-Peter Wille. Ms. Shih received her DMA from the Hartt School, and her Master of Music from Boston University.

Benita Rose

Benita Rose, piano

Benita Rose has performed throughout the United States, as well as Latvia, Brazil, and Canada as soloist, accompanist, or chamber musician. She has been soloist with Connecticut orchestras as well as the U. S. Coast Guard Band. Her concerto performances with this ensemble were broadcast on over 200 national public radio stations on Martin Goldsmith's Performance Today. She has been a scholarship student at the University of Connecticut and the Hartt School of Music where she received the prestigious Parker Award and Master of Music degree. She has studied with Luiz de Moura Castro, Joseph Villa, Louis Crowder; also, Paul Rutman, David Westfall, Leonard Seeber, and Neal Larrabee; also Menahem Pressler, Emanuel Ax, Ilana Vered, and Raymond Lewenthal; early studies with Olga Froman and Doris Carlson. The winner of numerous competitions, Ms. Rose has performed at Steinway Hall in New York City and also Symphony Space, where she premiered music written for her by composer Jane Brockman. She has been on the faculty of the Orford Center for the Arts in Canada, Moravian College's Summertrios program, Pomfret School, and the University of Connecticut. Ms. Rose is presently an organist at Bethany Lutheran Church in West Hartford, an active recitalist, teacher of award winning students, as well as a frequent adjudicator in the greater Connecticut-New York area.