Arco Ensemble To Play At Enlow Hall

Piano soloist Gabriela Martinez

Piano soloist Gabriela Martinez

HILLSIDE – Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University will host its third concert season featuring Arco Ensemble: Inspired & Inspiring on Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. All concert attendees receive complimentary admission to a pre-concert exhibition opening reception by artist Bonnie Maranz entitled “Radicalizing The Edge” in the Nancy Dryfoos Gallery at 1 p.m.

Arco Ensemble, a string chamber orchestra, will perform a program of works composed by and for women including works by Jennifer Higdon, Gra?yna Bacewicz and Clara Schumann.

Conductor Anne Manson is recognized throughout the world for her conducting achievements. She was the first woman to conduct at the Salzburg Festival, where she led the Vienna Philharmonic. Manson is one of only three women to have been appointed Music Director of a leading American symphony orchestra, having served as Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony from 1999 to 2003. She launched her career in 1988 as Music Director of the London-based Mecklenburgh Opera, where over a span of eight years she programmed operas ranging from Mozart to 20th-century rarities, while commissioning world premieres from a host of contemporary composers. Anne Manson is distinguished by her dynamic podium presence, stylistic versatility, and ability to draw audiences into the inner world of the composer.

Piano soloist Gabriela Martinez has performed as orchestral soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist at such venues as Carnegie, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall and has appeared as soloist with the Chicago, New Jersey, Fort Worth, Pacific, and San Francisco symphonies. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with numerous musicians and ensembles including Itzhak Perlman, and the Takacs quartet. Ms. Martinez has won numerous national and international prizes and awards. Her most recent accomplishments include first prize and audience award at the Anton Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Dresden. She was a semifinalist at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where she also received a Jury Discretionary Award. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School as a full scholarship student of Yoheved Kaplinsky, and her doctorate in Germany with Marco Antonio de Almeida. Since 2008, Ms. Martinez was appointed Concert Artist Faculty at Kean University.

Tickets are $15 – $25 and can be purchased by calling Kean Stage Box Office at 1-908-737-7469, online at, or in person at Kean University’s Wilkins Theater Box Office. Tickets include complimentary admission to Exhibition Opening Reception at 1 p.m. Free trolley service will be provided between Enlow Hall parking lot and the Nancy Dryfoos Gallery.

Enlow Hall is situated on Kean University’s East Campus at 215 North Avenue, Hillside. Free onsite parking is available.

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