For the opening of its Seventh Season, Le Petit Salon de Musique will feature an innovative program of music and visual art on Sunday, October 16 , at 2:00 p.m., in East Setauket. Alexandria Le, an extraordinary pianist who was awarded a prestigious Pro Musicis International Award in 2011, will play a variety of classical compositions, including the remarkable Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, which challenges the virtuosity of the world’s best pianists. Mussorgsky wrote this piece after the death of the artist Viktor Hartmann, and it is meant to be evocative of a walk through an art exhibit.
To connect with the music’s history, local artists working in various media (paint, photos, quilting, etc.) will visually represent the “pictures at an exhibition.” The artwork will be on display at Le Petit Salon de Musique’s home at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook throughout the fall months, with a special premier on September 18 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. This innovative pairing of visual arts and music is a fitting way to open Le Petit Salon’s Seventh Season.
Since its beginning in 2010, the classical music series has built a reputation for outstanding music in an intimate and inspiring setting. A noteworthy list of musical artists have graced its stage, and audiences continue to grow. Alexandria Lee is accomplished as both a soloist and chamber musician, and holds a coveted position with Carnegie Hall’s resident chamber ensemble. Acclaimed for her “grace and Power” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Ms. Le is a winner of the 2012 Emerson String Quartet's Ackerman Chamber Music Competition, and a sought-after collaborator who has performed an extensive range of work with acclaimed soloists and some of the leading ensembles.
"Le Petit Salon de Musique continues to provide outstanding programs featuring truly accomplished musicians. The intimacy of the setting, and the virtuosity of the performers, make it a unique experience for people who truly love good music. We have been attending since the Salon's inception, re-arranging our own busy schedules whenever necessary in order not to miss a single concert." Susan and Paul Glatzer
"On December 18, 2011 we attended the concert at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship which featured Alexandria and Friends. It was our first concert at the Fellowship. We experienced one of the most exciting, enjoyable and musically competent concerts we have attended in many years. Alexandria Lee's piano performance was professional, beautiful and electrifying. The individual soloists on the violin, cello, viola and flute displayed outstanding competency. The finale quartet was nothing more than breathtaking. We look forward to attending future concerts." Deanna and Ted Schwartzman
"The concerts are absolutely superb. The performers are first rate and the venue is great. Keep it up!" George
"I've attended two of the concerts, and have to say that I was amazed at their professionalism. The music is wonderful and the atmosphere cozy. I could listen to the string quartet every week-they were magnificent!" Diana
"I just wanted to say that I was so glad I made it to the concert (just in the nick of time!!) because the performance was absolutely wonderful. I commented to another that I wouldn't be surprised if people somewhere, in other venues, etc., pay up to 10 times what we did yesterday to hear such a concert (Clueri Quartet). It was just amazing. Thank you for continuing to bring us such talented artists, at an irresistibly affordable price." Carol Castillo
The Salon is located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook on Nicolls Road, north of Rt. 347. (Your GPS will know it as 380 Nicolls Road, E. Setauket). For information, call (631)543-0337.