'Music of Friends' at SUNY Orange Sunday

Chamber music with Laurie Carney and David Friend


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  • Laurie Carney will perform with David Friend at SUNY Orange in Middletown on Sunday.




  • David Friend



MIDDLETOWN — Be a part of an afternoon of "Music of Friends" on Sunday, Feb. 19, in Orange Hall Theatre, on the campus of SUNY Orange in Middletown.

Chamber music is intimate by nature because it is composed for small groups of instruments each with its own voice and playing a different part. The music is usually performed in a venue smaller than a concert hall so the musicians and audience are in close proximity to each other, thereby making “the music of friends” an appropriate description.

Violinist Laurie Carney of the American String Quartet and her friend, pianist David Friend, are performing in concert "Delicious Duos — Delectably Diverse Duos for Piano and Violin," music by four composers from four countries. Compositions by Russian Sergei Prokofiev, Frenchman Claude Debussy, and American Chris Parker are included on this varied program, which finishes with a sonata by German Ludwig von Beethoven.

Musicians Carney and Friend enjoy working with and playing pieces by living composers as they did when they came to Orange Hall Theatre in 2014. This time local musician/composer Chris Parker, professor of music at SUNY Orange, is featured with his work “Duo for Violin and Piano.” Known for his original Latin, funky, and straight ahead jazz, Parker also composes chamber music.

A founding member of the American String Quartet, Carney holds the distinction of performing quartets longer than any woman in this elite field. As chamber musician and soloist, Friend is dedicated to adventurous projects that push boundaries and explore new ideas about what contemporary pianism can be in the 21st century.

Tickets are priced at $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni; and free for all students. All tickets except student admission are available online at:

www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml.

The box office opens at 2 p.m.; the concert begins at 3 p.m. Students should pick up their tickets at the box office.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues in Middletown. For more information, email cultural@sunyorange.edu or call 845-341-4891. Also go to www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs.

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