Library Presents Music Of 3 Cranford-Based Composers

CRANFORD—The Cranford Public Library will present a program featuring the music of three prominent Cranford-based composers, Carlos Franzetti, Mario Lombardo and Bruce McKinney, on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue.

From symphonies to big band jazz, from chamber works to Latin American music and film scores, Carlos Franzetti has done it all. He is the winner of two Latin Grammy awards and a multiple Grammy nominee. He has also received two gold records. Franzetti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and studied there, in Mexico City, and in New York. Oboist Carolyn Pollak will play two of Franzetti’s compositions with Franzetti accompanying her on piano, and Allison Brewster Franzetti will play two of Franzetti’s compositions on piano.


Mario Lombardo was born in Elizabeth. He began studying the piano at the age of nine and composition at the age of sixteen. He graduated with honors from Seton Hall University, where he majored in English but also studied piano, harmony, theory and composition. He continued his musical education in graduate school at Columbia University.

Lombardo has composed more than 200 songs, six musicals, and many works for piano, chorus, concert band, chamber ensembles and orchestra. His works have been performed by the orchestras of Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Cincinnati and New Jersey, and by many orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. Lombardo will provide piano accompaniment to two of his compositions, one performed on viola by Richard Montag, and one performed on oboe by Carolyn Pollak.

Bruce McKinney performed as a free-lance trumpeter in New York and conducted community orchestras in the Midwest prior to joining the Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) faculty in 1974. While there, he conducted ensembles, created and supervised a course in twentieth century culture, and developed and taught courses in music technology. In the 1980s he participated in Charles Dodge’s seminars in Computer Music at the Brooklyn College Center for Computer Music, and in 2000 returned there as composer-in-residence. His electronic compositions have been heard at various CUNY events, Long Island Composers Alliance concerts, and in other venues throughout the tri-state area.

McKinney will present two of his compositions, one an interactive piece for computer and trumpet, and the other, a poem with musical accompaniment with the recitation provided by Terry Trilling.

Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.

Composers Carlos Franzetti, Bruce McKinney and Mario Lombardo will be featured at a May 4 concert at the Cranford Community Center. (Photo courtesy of the Cranford Public Library)

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