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American Chamber Ensemble's springtime sounds


In Concert

American Chamber Ensemble

The acclaimed ensemble celebrates its 53rd anniversary with “Celebrating Women Composers: From the 19th Century till Today.” Highlighting the remarkable contributions of women to the art of composition, the program includes Germaine Tailleferre’s “Calme et Sans Lenteur” for soprano and piano; songs by Nadia Boulanger, as well as her “Three Pieces for Cello and Piano”; Rebecca Clarke’s “Tiger, Tiger” for soprano and piano and her “Two Pieces for Violin and Cello”; Libby Larsen’s “Songs Without Words” for clarinet and piano, two songs from Joelle Wallach’s “Meow Mix” for soprano and piano; Lili Boulanger’s “Cortege and Nocturne” for violin and piano and Amy Beach’s “Ah, Love But a Day” for soprano, violin and piano and her “Trio” for violin, cello and piano. ACE Director pianist Marilyn Lehman, soprano Tammy Hensrud, violinists Eriko Sato and Deborah Wong, and cellist Chris Finckel perform. They are joined by clarinetist Julianna Pierdomenico, Hofstra ACE Award recipient.

Sunday, April 7, 3 p.m. $20, $15 seniors and students. Hofstra University’s Monroe Lecture Center Theater, California Ave., South Campus, Hempstead. (516) 463-6644 or tkt.xosn.com//tickets.

On Stage

Long Island Guitar Festival

Acclaimed artists in the guitar community gather at LIU Post’s annual Long Island Guitar Festival, for a mix of concert performances, master classes and workshops. A concert with guitarist-lutenist Harris Becker and Friends opens the concert schedule, followed by classical guitarist Robert Trent and classical guitarist-composer, the U.K.’s Laura Snowden, in her U.S. debut, among others. Director of Guitar Studies and Adjunct Professor, Harris Becker, initiated the festival in 1993 to exemplify the music making process. “When most of the general public experiences a live concert, they only hear the final outcome to years of practice and dedication,” Becker told LIU Post’s “The Pioneer.” “What I wanted to do was focus on the process to create more awareness to the art of music making.”

Monday through Sunday, April 9-14. Tilles Center, LIU Post, Route 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.