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Bedford Concert Series Begins At St. Matthew's Church

The Bedford Chamber Concert Series begins with Francisco Fullana performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D.
The Bedford Chamber Concert Series begins with Francisco Fullana performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D. Photo Credit: Submitted

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- The Bedford Chamber Concert series, now in its 15th year, begins Wednesday at St. Matthew's Church.

A longtime tradition for the community, the concern series draws some of the best young musical talent from New York City, with many graduates from Juilliard and other leading conservatories, who have already launched successful careers, said Anthony Newman, music director for the series.

Newman is a composer as well as a keyboard virtuoso, and his new works are often premiered during the concert series. He is particularly known for his performances of Bach, and this year’s holiday concert will once again feature Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.

This week's concert features Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D, using a 1697 “Rainville” Stradivarius loaned to the violinist by the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

“Tchaikovsky composed the violin Concerto in three weeks,” said Newman, “but he must have had the materials gathered in advance.” The second part of the program will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”), played by the Bedford Chamber Ensemble. ”This arrangement of the Erioca Symphony is by a student of Beethoven’s named Ferdinand Ries,” said Newman.

The series continues on Nov. 4, with a program including George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue. This concert also includes a composition by Newman, titled “Overture in C”, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, performed by the Bedford Chamber Ensemble.

The Christmas concert on Dec. 9 will consist of the complete Brandenburg Concertos.

The second half of the series is scheduled from March through May 2016. All concerts are held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, in Fellowship Hall at St. Matthew’s Church, 382 Cantitoe Street.

Ticket prices range from $35 to $40; the cost for the series of 6 concerts is $185. Refreshments are included with the price of admission. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.bedfordchamberconcerts.org , or call 914-522-5150.

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