Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's that time again!

Next Classical at Pete's show will be September 23rd at 8PM


Rachel Golub, violin

Jessie Montgomery, violin

Milan Milisavljevic, viola

Julia Biber, cello

We'll be playing works by Kodaly, Beethoven and some solo viola treats from Milan's new record!

Don't miss this great night of classical tunes played in an intimate, engaging space with alcohol and sandwiches!

more info on the artists here:



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

This Thursday 12/19 at 8pm we welcome Mazz Swift!!!

The MazzMuse Kickstarter Victory Dance Concert at Pete's Classical Series!
The MazzMuse Recording Project Kickstarter Campaign will officially be over at1pm on Dec 19. To celebrate the fact that the project has been successfully funded, that evening Mazz Swift will be showcasing some of her more classical/experimental compositions for solo electric and acoustic violins as well as a few songs that will appear on her forthcoming double release! Come celebrate with MazzMuse!

About Mazz:

Critically acclaimed as one of America's most talented and versatile performers today, and fresh off a five week tour of Africa as a cultural ambassador on behalf of the United States Department of State, Violin/Vox/Freestyle Composition artist Mazz Swift has engaged audiences all over the world with the signature weaving of song, melody and improvisation that she calls MazzMuse. Mazz combines elements of classical, folk, rock, jazz, free improvisational music and electronica to create a rich, unique and diverse musical experience. She is a singer, composer and Juilliard-trained violinist who plays electric and acoustic instruments and has, over the years, performed and recorded with a diverse accumulation of artists including Whitney Houston, Perry Farrell, Dee Snider, James “Blood” Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Valerie June, DJ Logic, William Parker, Butch Morris, Jason Lindner, Kanye West, Common and Jay-Z. Music, video and more information on Mazz can be found at www.MazzMuse.com Expect electric violin, acoustic violin, soulful singing and improvisation that speaks directly to your soul. Expect to be transported.

Monday, November 11, 2013

THIS THURSDAY 11/14 at Pete's!

This show will feature the wonderful violinist Jessie Montgomery, clarinetist Nick Gallas and cellist Julia Biber!

On the program is:

Duo for Bassoon and Clarinet by Joseph Hallman
in manus tuas for solo cello by Caroline Shaw
a clarinet solo work by Igor Stravinsky
Duo for violin and cello by Zoltan Kodaly

It's gonna be a FUN night so come check it out!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

'Classical at Pete's kicks off it's third season on October 3rd with violinist Elissa Cassini!

French-American violinist Elissa Cassini has been praised for her "string sense of style and total identification with the Music" (New York Concert Review). Her expressive tone, captivating stage presence and innovative programming concepts, make her an exciting, versatile and sought-after artist. She has performed throughout Europe and North and South America, with recent solo engagements including concerti by Beethoven, Bruch, Mozart and Schumann. In addition to her interest in the core of the violin repertoire, Elissa is passionate about a broad range of contemporary music. In 2009, she was invited to be concertmaster under Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, and since then has frequently collaborated with living composers: most recently, premiering a concerto written for her by Nicolas Bacri with the Orchestre de Massy in France. Elissa co-founded New York's Arcos Orchestra in 2005, prior to being invited to the shared concertmaster position of the OPES in Rio de Janeiro. Awarded the coveted "Performers' Certificate" from Indiana University as a pupil of Miriam Fried, Elissa pursued graduate studies under Donald Weilerstein, Ronald Copes and Robert Mann, earning her Masters degree from The Juilliard School.

Elissa will be bringing her latest project to the stage: "Risk-Violin"

She will be collaborating on this project with Sergio Krakowski-Pandeiro



Upcoming Projects 2013-14

This promises to be an exciting season, bearing the fruits of Elissa’s fearless exploration of new musical territories. Witness her pioneering of “Risk-Violin”, a unique concept for bringing creative interdisciplinary performances and intelligent post-modern programming on all types of violins - Rabeca, Baroque, Modern, Electric  - onto the classical concert stage.

Chaconne Cycle

The idea behind the Chaconne Cycle is to create a work of performance art featuring the solo violin, inspired by the gestural, emotive energies of the Chaconne, from its historical source as a Latin dance to its emergence as a purely instrumental genre. Chaconnes spanning five centuries will be presented during an hour-long performance, in collaboration with Dance, from Brazilian ‘Rabeca de Forro’ through Bach,Bartok and new Chaconnes composed especially for this Cycle.

Boulez + @ Studio PANaroma

With Pierre Boulez’s permission to re-record his groundbreaking work Anthèmes 1 for solo violin and Anthèmes2 for violin and electronics, Elissa will be recording a CD and DVD called “Boulez +”. Led by composer Flo Menezes, director of the state of the art PANaroma Studio in Sao Paulo, the project features six new works for violin and electronics by young Brazilian composers, including Flo Menezes’ new piecesScriptio for Violin and TranScriptio with electronics. The other young Brazilian composers involved are Tiago Gati, MartinHerraiz, Sergio Kafejian, Alex Lunsqui and Marcus Siqueira
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More info on Elissa at her website: http://www.elissacassini.com/

Sunday, June 2, 2013

This week we welcome genre bending violinist, Curtis Stewart!

7:30pm @ Classical at Pete's!

A New York City native and graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Curtis has performed as soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, in Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. He has made chamber music appearances at Zankel Hall, and the Rochester International Jazz Festival, holding his audiences "spellbound" with his "warm, clear sound...sparkling rhythmic energy" and prodigious technique," (New Amsterdam Times, SoundWordSight) An avid teacher, he currently teaches at the Laguardia Highschool for Music & Art and Performing Arts. Curtis' eclectic background has led him to concerts in many different realms of music from MTV specials with Wyclef Jean, to stints at the Kennedy center with the Jimmy Heath Big Band. His ensembles "PUBLIQuartet" and "The MIghty Third Rail" perform frequently at many of New York's illustrious venues including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, the Cornelia Street Cafe, BAM Cafe, Lincoln Center, Nyuorican Poet's Cafe, and the Stone. Curtis has worked with today's prominent musicians including Henry Threadgill, Dick Oatts, Jason Lindner, Edmar Casteneda, Linda Oh, Chris Dingman, Dave Liebman, Matt Wilson, among many others. A supporter and practitioner of many styles of music, Curtis is excited to continue expanding and blending all the elements of his stylistic and expressive range, developing a unique and relevant voice in New York's boundless music scene.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Vocalicious Chamber Music at Pete's!

Join us for the next installment of 'Classical at Pete's' Thursday April 11th at 7:30

We welcome Danya Katok-Ahlbin, soprano and Brenton Caldwell, viola to the stage!

Program with feature 'Akhmatova Songs' by John Tavener for soprano and cello.
More info on the composer here: http://www.johntavener.com/

This piece is a setting of six poems by the famous Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova
Read about her here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Akhmatova

also on the program is 'Three Songs of Remembered Love' by Lembit Beecher
Here is some info on the piece and some information about the composer!

another featured work is 'The End' for solo a cappella voice by John Sproul.
Info here:http://www.jamessproul.com/Main/HOME.html

last but definitely not least, my viola friend Brenton Caldwell and I will play a duo by the great Paul Hindemith for cello and viola!

This is not to be missed, friends!!!

Julia Biber

Monday, February 4, 2013


Join us on Thursday 2/14 for our very first Valentine's Day show. Whether you are in, out or over love, come hear some great music!

Program includes:

String Trio in C minor Op. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Rachel Golub, violin
Amelia Hollander Ames, viola
Julia Biber, cello

Duo for violin and cello Op. 7: Allegro serioso, non troppo  by Zoltan Kodaly
Rachel Golub, violin
Julia Biber, cello

'Summer Dances' Trio for clarinet, viola and double bass by Judd Greenstein
Nick Gallas, clarinet
Amelia Hollander Ames, viola
Andrew Roitstein, double bass