Flutist Ray Furuta and harpist Bridget Kibbey will bring their extraordinary talent – which has gained rave reviews across the globe – to Le Petit Salon de Musique, East Setauket’s popular classical music venue. These visually and musically captivating performers will present a selection of works including Bela Bartok's thrilling Suite Paysanne Hongroise and Astor Piazolla's infamous Histoire du Tango.
Ms. Kibbey is a musical artist of exceptional artistry and power. One reviewer said she "makes it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it." Bridget is the recipient of a long list of awards, including the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist Award, and a 2015 Salon de Virtuosi Grant. She is the only harpist to win a position with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II. Kibbey tours internationally as a concert soloist, recitalist, and collaborator with some of today’s most compelling artists. Her solo recording album, Love is Come Again, was named one of the Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York and she was recently featured with Placido Domingo in a new album entitled Encanto del Mar.
Flutist Ray Furuta has established a reputation as “one of the nation’s top emerging young concert artists.” Since being named a U.S. cultural ambassador, he has toured worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He received a doctorate of musical arts from Stony Brook University, was awarded the prestigious Staller Scholar Award, and this year was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of the University. Furuta was recently appointed Artist-Lecturer in Flute at Santa Clara University and is the Founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music Silicon Valley. His latest New Music initiative, Synesthesia, an artist collective and collaboration with soprano Susan Narucki, is set to premiere in the 2017-18 Season.
This concert is an opportunity to see two brilliant young artists who combine extraordinary musical talent with exuberant stage presence to produce chamber music performances that are gathering acclaim across the country.
"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.