Widely popular in their home state of Connecticut, there are no other performers quite like the exotic classical guitar and mandolin duo of Judy Handler and Mark Levesque, to be featured at Le Petit Salon de Musique on Sunday, December 14 at 2 p.m. Handler and Levesque’s performance, entitled Rhythms of the World, includes music from Spain, Italy, Ireland, France, Brazil, the Middle East, Hungary, Taiwan and more. Their unique blend of Brazilian, Latin, gypsy, classical and folk music influences has thrilled audiences throughout the U.S., and the amusing anecdotes told between pieces leaves concert-goers amused and joyful.
Judy Handler is a virtuoso guitarist who co-founded the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, one of the nation’s largest and most influential guitar societies. She has studied guitar all over the world and is in great demand for concerts and workshops across America. Mark Levesque has played nearly every kind of instrument in the guitar family and currently performs on several types of guitars, several mandolins, a Brazilian bandolim and a Puerto Rican cuatro. He has performed and recorded everything from rock to jazz to classical music and has composed many songs and instrumental pieces.
The exciting combination of enormous talent in this husband and wife team is magical, and Le Petit Salon is honored to welcome them for a unique pre-holiday performance.
"Flowing fluently yet tightly together, the interactive Handler/Levesque collaboration swings and shimmers with gusto and romance. The duo's musical passion over the years just keeps getting warmer and brighter, while its artistic commitment and scope get even wider and deeper." Owen McNally, music critic, Hartford Courant
Welcome to "Le Petit Salon de Musique", a place where you can enjoy exceptional music in a lovely, intimate setting at a very reasonable price.
Here's what some of our guests have said about Le Petit Salon concerts:
"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.
SEASON FIVE CONCERT SCHEDULE
JANUARY 18, 2015
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