Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, with Carter Brey, Presents "Grand Finale" Gala May 3

Classic Arts Features   Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, with Carter Brey, Presents "Grand Finale" Gala May 3
The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony closes out its season with a bang- presenting an all-Dvořšk May 3 Gala performance featuring New York Philharmonic principal cellist Carter Brey.

Mr. Brey joins the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and its Music Director David Bernard for a program dedicated to the music of Antonin Dvořšk‹the Cello Concerto, Symphony No. 7 and selections from Slavonic Dances.

Dvořšk's music is known for its brilliant textures and soulful melodies. For this program, Music Director David Bernard has chosen Dvořšk's most exciting and sophisticated works.

The special Gala Performance will be given on Sunday, May 3rd at 3PM at NYU's Skirball Center for the Arts. The program was performed at the orchestra's home, All Saints Church, on Saturday, May 2nd at 8PM.

The Gala Performance will honor the accomplishments of The Harmony Program- which trains college and graduate student musicians to teach music to economically disadvantaged young people.


Dvořšk Slavonic Dances
Dvořšk Cello Concerto
Dvořšk Symphony No. 7

David Bernard, Conductor
Carter Brey, Violoncello

Gala Performance honoring the Harmony Program
Saturday, May 3 at 3 PM
The Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square Park)
Click here for tickets, priced $35-$40

About the Artists

Carter Brey was appointed Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic in 1996, and made his subscription debut as soloist with the Orchestra in May 1997, performing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations led by then-Music Director Kurt Masur. He has performed as soloist in subsequent seasons in the Elgar Cello Concerto with Andr_ Previn conducting; in William Schuman's A Song of Orpheus with Christian Thielemann; in Richard Strauss's Don Quixote with Music Director Lorin Maazel and with former Music Director Zubin Mehta; and in the Brahms Double Concerto with Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and conductor Christoph Eschenbach.

Mr. Brey was educated at the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Laurence Lesser and Stephen Kates, and at Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot, and where he was a Wardwell Fellow and a Houpt Scholar. He rose to international attention in 1981 as a prizewinner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. The winner of the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize, Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Young Concert Artists' Michaels Award, and other honors, he also was the first musician to win the Arts Council of America's Performing Arts Prize, and has performed as soloist with many of America's major symphony orchestras.


Recognized as New York's premier amateur orchestra, the critically acclaimed Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (PACS) has built a reputation for artistic excellence and philanthropic leadership. PACS has performed frequently in New York City's major concert halls and venues, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall. PACS performances have been broadcast on WQXR & WNYC radio and have been covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Daily News.

Since 1999, PACS has established its musical presence and successfully attracted the best amateur players in New York City. PACS members, many trained at highly regarded conservatories, include business executives, music teachers, investment bankers, architects, freelance journalists, computer consultants, graphic designers, engineers, college and conservatory professors, social workers, physicians, lawyers, officials in City and State government agencies and various non-profit groups.

In addition to bringing professional-level performances to its New York City audiences, The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony fulfills a philanthropic role, raising over $300,000 for not-for-profit and music education organizations in the New York City area, including the establishment of The Juilliard School Pre-College Division Parent's Association Endowed Scholarship Fund‹the first of its kind at Juilliard for Pre-College students. PACS raised $13,000 for the Harmony Program through a gala concert featuring Whoopi Goldberg as narrator in Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" and continues its support of the Harmony Program with the Skirball Center gala performance of Dvořšk's magnificent music.

Read Jennifer Flaster's special profile on the Symphony
Changing the Rules: The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony's Professional Sound

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