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Each year we offer a $1000 Scholarship to one matriculating Saugerties student pursuing a music education.

Scholarship Application   (deadline 5/1/19 for Award Presentation on our stage at our May concert)  

   2018/2019  Season - our 23rd Season!

NEXT CONCERT - May 12, 2019 at 3 pm

Dennis Mackrel Jazz Trio with Kirk MacDonald

Dennis Mackrell

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A selection of American and Canadian Jazz Standards will be announced from the stage

For over forty years, pianist/composer and Fulbright Scholar ARMEN DONELIAN has distinguished himself in 25 countries as a performer, recording artist, educator and author. Armen's music reflects a distinctive blend of influences including his Armenian origin, his Classical technique and his association with some of the biggest names in Jazz including Sonny Rollins. And, according to Metronome Magazine (1986), he achieves this fusion "In such a natural way that one can tell it's a master's work." Co-founder of Hudson Jazzworks and Professor at New School Jazz.
Bassist/composer JAY ANDERSON is among the most versatile and respected musicians performing today. He has performed/recorded with a wide range of Jazz artists and featured on over 400 recordings, seven of which have received the Grammy Award. He conducts clinics around the world and is a Professor of Jazz Bass Studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Jay currently co-leads the acclaimed group BANN featuring Seamus Blake, Oz Noy and Adam Nussbaum.
DENNIS MACKREL joined the Count Basie Orchestra on the recommendation of singer Joe Williams. After Basie's death in 1984, Dennis continued for several years while becoming the drummer of choice for many large ensembles as he transitioned from sideman to leader to international conductor, arranger and/or soloist. Dennis's works have been performed by many groups, most notably McCoy Tyner's Big Band whose Grammy winning CDs "The Turning Point" and "Journey" include four of his arrangements. He is currently the chief conductor of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and a Professor at Queens College in Flushing, NY.
With an established reputation as one of Canada's leading saxophonists, KIRK MACDONALD has received numerous awards, and has worked with many leading musicians in a variety of musical genres. Over 100 performances of his compositions appear on 25 albums and he has performed on over fifty CDs. In addition to performing extensively throughout Canada, Europe, Asia and the USA, Kirk has been active as an educator for 30 years at leading jazz studies programs such as The University of Toronto and McGill University. He is presently a full-time professor at Humber College in Toronto

This concert concludes our 23rd season. After a summer hiatus during which we hope you will be entertained by the Maverick Concert Series, Saugerties Pro Musica will return on Sunday, September 15th, at 3 p.m. for our 24th Season featuring our first harpist ever in Ensemble Aubade (Peter H. Bloom, flute; Francis Grimes, viola; Mary Jane Rupert, harp). This flute, viola and harp trio is sure to surprise and delight you.  

There will be a meet the artists reception immediately after the concert


The 23rd season schedule:

September 16, 2018
Daurov/Myer Duo - Cello & Piano

October 21, 2018
Olga Gurevich, Pianist

November 18, 2018
Bard College Conservatory of Music

January 27, 2019
Strawberry Hill Fiddlers

February 17, 2019
Gregory D'Agostino International Organ virtuoso

March 2019 NO CONCERT
The only date available for a concert at the Saugerties United Methodist Church in March conflicted with an already scheduled Ulster Chamber Music Series Concert. Rather than attempting to divide patrons of classical music by making them chose between different trios at different venues at the same date and time, Saugerties Pro Musica did not schedule a concert.

April 28, 2019
At Once - Yalin Chi & Steven Beck: Piano for Four Hands

May 12, 2019
Dennis Mackrel Jazz Trio

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All concerts are on Sunday at 3 PM, at Saugerties United Methodist Church on the corner of Washington Avenue & Post Street. (#67 Washington Ave) 

Season Tickets are $75 for all 7 concerts. 

Single ticket admission is $15 for Adults, Seniors $12. Students are always FREE - kindly invite some to join you at our concerts. 

Saugerties Pro Musica do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious belief, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability
Saugerties United Methodist Church has a handicap access ramp for the concert and an automatic chair for the stairs to the reception/restrooms.

For more information please email or call: 845-679-5733


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Saugerties, NY, 12477  

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