A Taste of Eastern European Chamber Music in Sandwich

November 10th - "Monika Woods and Friends"
Transylvanian born Hungarian American clarinetist and a first-place winner of the Cape Cod Symphony's Soloist Competition, Monika Woods. (Courtesy of the artist)

Classical musicians "Monika Woods and Friends" will perform on Saturday evening, November 10th at Sandwich Town Hall from 7-9 pm. This is the second presentation in the four-part Village Concert Series sponsored by the Sandwich Arts Alliance. Tickets are $25/$10 students and may be purchased at www.sandwichartsalliance.org or at Splash Stationers on Route 6A in Sandwich.

Transylvanian born Hungarian American clarinetist and a first-place winner of the Cape Cod Symphony's Soloist Competition, Monika Woods is also co-founder and president of Open Mic Classical, a monthly afternoon music session she presides over at Brewster First Parish Church and other Cape locations.

It is through her open mic sessions that Monika met and made friends with many talented Cape Cod musicians, five of whom she selected to accompany her for this concert which will feature chamber music with a few unusual combinations such as a saxophone, clarinet, flute and piano quartet.

Some of the musicians originating from Eastern Europe will offer a taste of the exotic music from their region of the globe including Georgian, Hungarian and Romanian pieces. “There will be plenty of works from American composers to counterbalance the program”, according to Woods, “and we have some great tango music at the end”.

Joining Monika for the concert are Trio Vivo consisting of flutist Mariellen Sears, saxophonist Bruce Abbott and pianist Lucy Banner in addition to violinist Dan Flonta and pianist Ana Glig.

A sample of the Eastern European pieces that will be performed are “Three Hungarian Folksongs” and “Romanian Dances” by Bartok and Dvorzak’s “Slavonic Dance op. 72 no.2”. 

"The Performing Arts coordinators of the Alliance are always searching for exceptional talent to bring to Sandwich," explains concert coordinator June Bowser-Barrett. "After meeting Monika and realizing that she has a first-hand relationship with many of the best classical musicians on Cape Cod, it seemed only natural that we would invite Monika to put together a program for us featuring a variety of instruments and players."

Learn more about Monika Woods at http://klarinetista.com. To learn more about the Sandwich Arts Alliance and the Village Concert Series visit www.sandwichartsalliance.org.

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