Shelter Island Friends of Music presents its first concert of the 2022 season on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m., featuring Bruce Wolosoff, pianist and composer, at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church.
A longtime resident of Shelter Island, he will perform on the island for the first time, including compositions written there.
The concert opens with the Impromptu in G major opus 90 n° 3 by Schubert and several pieces by Debussy. The second half is composed entirely of Wolosoff’s original compositions.
In addition to studying classical piano since the age of three, Wolosoff cites jazz greats like Bill Evans, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Chick Corea as influential in his music.
“As an early 21st century American composer,” Wolosoff said, “I work within the classical tradition and extend it by embracing some of these ‘folk’ elements, as composers of the past have done with the music of their culture… apparent in the works of Schubert or Haydn.
His compositional inspirations also include the visual arts and dance: works by his friends Eric Fischl and April Gornik and his wife, Margaret Garrett and a collaboration with the late choreographer Ann Reinking on two award-winning ballets.
He is also artistic director of Reflections in Music, a non-profit organization that presents music “in conversation with other art forms”.
Wolosoff’s recording of “Concerto for Cello and Orchestra” with the Royal Philharmonic and Trio Eroica cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio was a Billboard Top 10 best-selling classical album. His last collaboration with Sant’Ambrogio, “Paradise Found: Cello Music of Bruce Wolosoff”, will be available on April 15, 2022.
Admission to the concert is free, donations are appreciated. Masks are optional. A reception with Wolosoff follows the concert. Shelter Island Presbyterian Church is located at 32 North Ferry Road (Hwy 114). Visit shelterislandfriendsofmusic.org for more information.