Music lovers may need to set aside their preconceived notions of chamber music when attending the performance of The Counterclockwise Ensemble on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Le Petit Salon de Musique, the popular classical music venue in Suffolk County. Each o
f the five world-class performers who make up the quintet has a background in wide-ranging musical genres, and when they combine to perform new and old music, the result is magical.
Guitarist Rich Stein began his musical life on the viola and performed as a teenager with the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra before switching to study guitar with classical virtuoso Douglas Niedt, jazz giant Herb Ellis, rock/experimental visionary Robert Fripp and Celtic/acoustic master Richard Thompson. His classical, rock and folk background comes through in his performance and compositions. The performance will consist primarily of Stein’s works, as well traditional American tunes and pieces as by Holst, Copland, Mozart and Brahms.
Dr. Andrew Perea, violinist, has conducted symphony orchestras, performed solos, and played with such diverse artists as Yanni, Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert, Ray Charles, and the world-renowned violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. He describes Counterclockwise as “… an explosive group that plays catchy, jamming music, featuring five of the most dynamic instrumentalists on Long Island.” Cellist Rebecca Perea, has played in orchestras all over the world, is a sought-after recording studio artist, and is currently a member of more than half a dozen performing groups. Glen Saunders, bassist, was trained in the classics at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music, and has also toured with ska band the Scofflaws, plays jazz with Durasoul and swing with the Jumpers Orchestra. And drummer Jim Mansfield has toured and recorded with some of today’s most creative artists in a wide range of musical genres.
"The performance was outstanding! The audience enjoyed it, and it was so much fun to see how much they enjoyed performing. What a joyous afternoon of music! The Counterclockwise Ensemble is a truly unique and talented quintet that offered such an uplifting performance of contemporary American chamber music. The audience didn’t want the show to end!” Maureen Norton, Program Director