Spend an afternoon with Frederic Chopin and his friends at the Kosciuszko Foundation on Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m.. Faculty and students from Montclair State University will recreate Chopin's "salon," performing and reading from letters, journals, and diaries of the time. Singing and playing in costume, they will take the roles of Chopin, Franz Liszt, Marie d'Agoult, George Sand and her children, bringing nineteenth-century France to the elegant Music Gallery of the Foundation (15 E. 65th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues). Tickets are $15, and include a reception with the performers after the concert. Reservations are strongly recommended, and can be made by calling the Foundation Office at 212-734-2130.
The soirie is a kind of "birthday party" for Chopin, born on March 1, 1810. Originally presented at Montclair State University two years ago, the program was assembled by Elizabeth Emery and David Witten. Musical pieces include compositions for piano and little-known works for voice and cello. Actors and musicians include Loick Varella, Crista Orefice, Vanessa Benfatto, David Arsenault, Katie Christiansen, Greg Lamer, Chiho Okuizumi, David Witten, Farrell Guarnaccio, Tatyana Kebuladze, Caroline Parody, and Suji Kim. The performance will be directed by Shannon McCandless.