Concordia Conservatory to Present 'Classical Categories' on March 15 Print

Mar. 12, 2014:  The Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art will present Classical Categories on Saturday, March 15, at 11:00 am in the Schoenfeld Campus Center at Concordia College as part of its 2013-14 Musical Adventures Family Series.

With book by Rami Vamos and joined by Nurit Pacht, violin, William Frampton, viola, Tanya Bannister, piano, and Ezra Seltzer, cello, the show will both entertain and educate the young members of its audience and their families.

About the Show

Classical Categories centers on Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry, the only living composer who still travels through time from the Baroque music period to the present, visiting all the delightful "categories" in between.

About the Artists

Rami Vamos shares the stage with other musicians and actors to bring original material to audiences of all ages. His prolific output of children's musicals includes Monsterland, The Amazing Tale of Prince Pickles, and Once Upon a Time Signature.

He is on the faculty of the Hutchinson and Siwanoy Schools in Pelham, as well as Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art, where he is string department chair and is on the guitar faculty. He holds a BM from Oberlin College Conservatory and an MM from Yale University and has completed a New York City teaching fellowship that earned him an MEd from Queens College. He is also a teaching artist with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Violinist Nurit Pacht was a top prize winner in international competitions including the Irving Klein International Music Competition in California and the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland. She spent several years touring the world as the soloist in stage director Robert Wilson's Relative Light and in projects with Bill T. Jones and his dance company, performing works for solo violin by J. S. Bach and John Cage. As a Baroque violinist, she has a master's degree from Juilliard's Historical Performance program. One of her live recital recordings with pianist Konstantin Lifschitz from London's Wigmore Hall was released by Nimbus Records.

Violist William Frampton has been praised for his "beautifully executed" performances (the Arts Fuse) and "a glowing amber tone" (Boston Globe). 2013-14 season highlights include performances of Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht with the Johannes Quartet, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Sean Lee and the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, appearances as guest principal violist of the American Symphony Orchestra, and tours of Japan and Myanmar with a string quartet led by Midori Goto. William is the artistic director of music at Bunker Hill, a chamber music series in Southern New Jersey, and he teaches viola and chamber music at Queens College, CUNY.

Cellist Ezra Seltzer, lauded for his "beauty of tone and keenness of musicianship" (Opera Britannia), has performed as guest principal cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Orchester Wiener Akademie, and the Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist and principal cellist at the Boulder Bach Festival and is the associate principal cellist at the Carmel Bach Festival. A native of New York City, he regularly performs chamber music at Helicon Foundation Symposia, the 4x4 Baroque Music Festival, and at Music Before 1800, and he is a co-founder and principal cellist of the Sebastians.

Pianist Tanya Bannister, lauded by the Washington Post for playing "with intelligence, poetry and proportion," has had recent victories at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition, confirming her status among the leading pianists of her generation. Receiving further distinction as an "artist to watch" on the cover of Symphony magazine, Ms. Bannister's career has already brought her to many of the world's great concert halls, with recitals at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Tokyo's Nikkei Hall, London's Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Bannister holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Yale University, where she studied with Claude Frank, and New York's Mannes School of Music, where she received an artist diploma as one of a handful of pianists selected to study with Richard Goode.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children and seniors. To purchase tickets, call 914-395-4507 or visit

Pictured here:  Students performing in the musical Don't Know Much about Rock 'n Roll on February 8, 2014.

Photo courtesy Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art