American Chamber Ensemble presents Music of the Americas

American Chamber Ensemble in Concert

The American Chamber Ensemble, celebrating its 54th Anniversary, will present Music of the Americas: Part 1 on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at Hofstra University’s Monroe Lecture Center Theater, California Avenue in Hempstead.

The event will also honor ACE Founding Director Blanche Abram. This is presented by the University’s Music Department.

Music of the Americas: Part I will present the first part of ACE’s season-long exploration of the music of North and South America, as well as those who emigrated to this country, including works by American-born Edward Thomas (in honor of his 95th birthday), Dana Wilson, William Bolcom and Edward MacDowell, Swiss-American Ernest Bloch, Argentina’s Astor Piazzolla and Cuban-American Paquito d’Rivera.

It will be a multi-media presentation, making for an immersive experience, introducing the concertgoer to a different way to experience the performances.

This concert will honor Founding Director Blanche Abram with special presentations and a reception after the performance. Pianist and co-director of the American Chamber Ensemble since its inception in 1965, Abram has performed throughout the eastern United States and the Caribbean and on TV and radio stations WQXR, WNYC, WFUV and News 12 Long Island.

She was a long-time adjunct senior professor of Music at Hofstra University and faculty member of the 92nd St. Y. Professor Abram has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, including a presentation at the International Conference on Tension in Performance in England and is well known for her many workshops and Master Classes.

Performers will be ACE members, pianist Marilyn Lehman, clarinetist and assistant ACE Director Mindy Dragovich, violinist Eriko Sato, violist Lois Martin and cellist Chris Finckel.

Tickets at Hofstra University Box Office – $20 general admission; $15 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID. For ticket information, call 516-463-6644 or visit


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