Le Petit Salon de Musique welcomes the exotic classical guitar and mandolin duo of Judy Handler and Mark Levesque. This dynamic husband and wife team has performed over 2,000 concerts together in the United States & Europe and become known worldwide for their passionate and lyrical performances of some the world’s most beautiful music. Their sophisticated sound blends classical, Brazilian, Latin, jazz, gypsy, and folk music influences in unique, expressive arrangements. Audiences respond with great enthusiasm to their extraordinary performance, amusing anecdotes and the joyful spirit of their music.
Their recordings – Passion, Two Guitars Live! & Acoustic Blend – have received critical acclaim and have been sold in dozens of countries across the globe. Included on the program at Le Petit Salon de Musique will be music from the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East as well as a few holiday tunes.
Judy Handler is the founder of the Connecticut Guitar Society and has performed and given workshops and classes throughout the United States. Judy also performs historical programs on period instruments in the Rosewood Chamber Ensemble with flutist Barbara Hopkins, teaches at a private studio in Vernon, CT and runs monthly performance classes. Mark Levesque has performed on guitar (classical, jazz archtop, 12 string, electric & gypsy), mandolin, and cuatro in numerous ensembles throughout New England most recently with the CitySingers of Hartford. Mark teaches mandolin and guitar at a private studio in Vernon, CT.
"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
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.
"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.