Concert Series


Take advantage of a variety of world-class musical offerings right on your doorstep here in Westchester!

      

Free childcare is available with advance reservation.


Recent events at CUUC

CUUC Spring Choral Concert:   Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 4pm

Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 4:30pm
Donations Gratefully Accepted! Suggested Donation:
$20 - Adult
$10 - Students/Seniors
$5 - Children 13 & Under
$45 - Maximum Family Donation 

DONATE ONLINE

The concert will be live-streamed from our sanctuary.
In-person attendees will be asked to show proof of vaccination, to social distance when seating, and to remain masked while in the building.
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To view the simultaneous live-stream:
Login: bit.ly/Music-at-CUUC
or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923. Webinar: 761 321 991, Passcode: 468468
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JazzFest with the Valerie Capers Ensemble:   Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 8pm

We are delighted to welcome back Jazz legend Valerie Capers with her wonderful trio for an evening of original works, and standards transformed by Ms. Capers’ inimitable touch and style. The ensemble includes John Robinson, bass; Doug Richardson, drums; and Alan Givens, saxophone. Click here to learn more about Valerie's life and work, or scroll to the bottom of this page.

Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 8:00pm
$20 - Suggested Donation
$10 - Students/Seniors
$5 - Children 13 & Under
$45 - Maximum Family Donation 

DONATE ONLINE

This concert will be held indoors in our sanctuary.
Attendees will show proof of vaccination, social distance when seating, and remain masked while in the building.
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To view the simultaneous live-stream:
Login: bit.ly/Music-at-CUUC
or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923. Webinar: 761 321 991, Passcode: 468468
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Dr. Valerie Capers was born in the Bronx and received her early schooling at the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School of Music, the first blind person to do so. For several years she served on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. She was also a member of the faculty in the Department of Music and Art at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY) where she introduced several jazz courses to the music curriculum. From 1987 to 1995 she served as department chair, where she is now professor emerita.

Her outstanding work as an educator has been lauded throughout the country as being both innovative and impressive. Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA) awarded her the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, and Lehman College of the City University of New York, Doane University (Crete, NE), and Bloomfield (NJ) College have also awarded her honorary doctorates. Teaching and workshop venues include Doane University; Stanford University; the Cleveland (OH) public school system; St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands) high schools; Brigham Young University (Provo, UT); the Mozarteum, University of Salzburg (Austria); Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, NC); Wellesley College (MA); University of Michigan; and Salt Lake City (UT) Community College.

Among the awards and commissions she has received are the National Endowment for the Arts, including a special-projects grant to present a jazz series at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Meet the Composer, the CUNY Research Foundation, the Smithsonian, and The Fund for Artists of Arts International. Dr. Capers was the first recipient of Essence magazine's "Women of Essence Award for Music" where she was in the elite company of fellow honorees Oprah Winfrey and Marla Gibbs. She has been recognized by the Bronx Music Heritage Center as a Bronx Living Legend for her "enduring legacy to the American jazz tradition," and she is a distinguished member of the Bronx Walk of Fame. In fall 2015, NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio appointed her to the city's prestigious Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission.

An accomplished composer, her most noted extended works are Sing About Love, the critically acclaimed Christmas cantata produced by George Wein at Carnegie Hall; Sojourner, an operatorio based on the life of Sojourner Truth, performed and staged by the Opera Ebony Company of New York and commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts; and Song of the Seasons, a song cycle for voice, piano, and cello that was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute and premiered in Washington, DC, at the invitation of the Smithsonian, and since then, has been recorded by several artists.

Dr. Capers has appeared with her trio and ensemble at colleges, universities, jazz festivals, clubs, and concert halls throughout the country as well as internationally, including the Chautauqua Institution and Dizzy's Coca-Cola Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center). She has also participated in the Monterey Jazz Festival; the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (Wilmington, DE); Jazz in June (the University of Nebraska-Lincoln); Les Rendez-vous de l'Erdre (Nantes, France); the Mellon Jazz Festival (Philadelphia, PA); Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Yale Summer School of Music, Litchfield, CT; NYC's Kool, JVC and Downtown jazz festivals; the International Grande Parade du Jazz Festival (Nice, France); the Martin Luther King Festival (Ottawa, Ontario); the North Sea Jazz Festival (The Hague); and The Madeleine Festival of the Arts and Humanities: Valerie Capers and Friends (Salt Lake City, UT). Dr. Capers is also regularly heard in NYC at The Kitano on Park Avenue South, and at the Knickerbocker Bar & Grill and Mezzrow, both in Greenwich Village.

Her numerous radio and television program appearances include Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz (twice) and Branford Marsalis' JazzSet. Adventures of Wagner in Jazz, a special program created by National Public Radio (NPR), and About Music (two separate programs, "Traditions and Personalities in Jazz Piano" and "American Composer and Piano Virtuoso: Louis Moreau Gottschalk"), were all broadcast on KBYU-FM in Provo, UT, and carried throughout the country on NPR.

Throughout her career, she has performed with a roster of outstanding artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Slide Hampton, Max Roach, James Moody, Paquito D'Rivera, and Jerry Weldon, among others.

Dr. Capers' recordings include Portrait in Soul (Atlantic), Affirmation (KMA Arts), Come on Home (Columbia/Sony), Wagner Takes the 'A' Train (Elysium), and Limited Edition (VALCAP Music). Her book of intermediate-level piano pieces, Portraits in Jazz, was published by Oxford University Press, which has also published her arrangement of the carol "It Came upon the Midnight Clear" for mixed chorus a cappella.

Spring Chamber Music Concert:   Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 12pm


“The Three B’s: Sonatas by Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms”
Join us, in person or virtually, as Music at CUUC presents violinist Elena Peres and pianist and CUUC Music Director Adam Kent live in concert in the CUUC sanctuary, and live-streamed on Zoom. The performance features works from classical music's famous “Three B's” - Bach's Sonata for Violin and Keyboard in B Minor, BWV 1014 - Andante; Beethoven's Violin and Piano Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 3; and Brahms's Violin and Piano Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108. 

Violinist Elena Peres, a winner of the Artist International Competition, made her Carnegie Hall début in October 2001. She has performed solo and chamber music recitals in USA, Japan, Israel, Ukraine, France, Italy, and Germany. She has served as a Concertmaster of the Rutgers Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Sinfonia, and Raritana Baroque Orchestra.

Pianist Adam Kent, Music Director at CUUC since 1990, performs and lectures on four continents and is an Associate Professor of Music at SUNY Oneonta. He has won numerous awards and prizes and has been featured on WQXR, WNYC, WFUV, WVOX, and Sirius Radio stations. Recent projects include a recording of Cuban-American Composer Tania León’s complete piano works and a documentary on the Spanish composer Federico Mompou.
 

Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 12:30pm
$20 - Suggested Donation
$10 - Students/Seniors
$5 - Children 13 & Under
$45 - Maximum Family Donation 

DONATE ONLINE

This concert will be held indoors in our sanctuary.
Attendees will show proof of vaccination, social distance when seating, and remain masked while in the building.
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To view the simultaneous live-stream:
Login: bit.ly/Music-at-CUUC
or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923. Webinar: 761 321 991, Passcode: 468468

Adam Kent in Concert:   Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 2pm


“A Schubertiade: Out of the Shadow of Beethoven”
Although Franz Schubert's untimely death at the age of 31 robbed him of the chance to establish the sort of public following among the Viennese enjoyed by his idol Ludwig van Beethoven, his music was lovingly received by a circle of admiring friends and colleagues in intimate home gatherings known as “Schubertiades.” Pianist Adam Kent will recreate one of these house concerts, featuring several of Schubert’s beloved Impromptus and Moments musicaux along with his masterful Sonata in Bb Major, Op. Posth., his final work.

The program will also offer soprano Kim Force, accompanied by Adam Kent, singing one of Schubert's lyric works. Tycho Force will be on hand as young Schubert being visited by the ghost of his idol, Beethoven - played by Christian Force. 

Music Director at CUUC since 1990, pianist Adam Kent performs and lectures on four continents and is an Associate Professor of Music at SUNY Oneonta. He has won numerous awards and prizes and has been featured on WQXR, WNYC, WFUV, WVOX and Sirius Radio stations. Recent projects include a recording of Cuban-American Composer Tania León’s complete piano works and a documentary on the Spanish composer Federico Mompou.


 

Sunday, November 14, 2021, at 2:30pm
$20 - Suggested Donation
$10 - Students/Seniors
$5 - Children 13 & Under
$45 - Maximum Family Donation 

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This concert will be held indoors in our sanctuary.
We will social distance when seating. We ask that attendees be masked and vaccinated.
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To view the simultaneous livestream:
Login: https://bit.ly/Schubert-Kent
or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468

Music at CUUC Update:   Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 8am

 

Our final concert of the 2019-2020 season was to have been an evening of Jazz, featuring Valerie Capers and her Trio. For a virtual performance by Valerie, click on the links below:

1. "Billie's Song" written by Valerie Capers
 
2. "I've Got Rhythm" written by George and Ira Gershwin, arranged for Jazz trio by Valerie Capers
 
3. "It's All Right with Me" written by Cole Porter