February 19, 2020

Duo Pianists Perform At Bristol Chapel

MUSIC FOR TWO PIANOS: Ena Bronstein Barton and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer will perform Saturday, February 22 at Bristol Chapel, on the Westminster campus.

Pianists Ena Bronstein Barton and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer present an evening of duo piano music on Saturday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University on Walnut Lane. Admission is free.

The program includes Mozart’s Sonata in D, K. 488; Saint-Saëns’ Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, Op. 35; and selections from Stefan Young’s The Thought for the Day: January. They will be joined by guest artists Craig Levesque, horn; Mimi Morris-Kim, cello; and Elizabeth Lee, cello, in Robert Schumann’s Andante and Variations, Op. 46 for two pianos, two cellos, and French horn.

The Barton and Lehrer Duo was formed in Princeton in 1984. Since then the pianists have been performing regularly throughout the United States.

Born in Santiago, Chile, Barton began her career in South America, touring her native continent. After winning a national piano competition she traveled to New York to study with Claudio Arrau and Rafael de Silva. She has received many honors throughout her ca-reer, including an invitation to attend the Casals Festival, a Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant that resulted in a solo recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and the Distinguished Artists Piano Award by Artists Interna-tional. Her chamber music performances have included appearances with violinist Jaime Laredo and the Guarneri Quartet.

Lehrer is known internationally as a performer, teacher, clinician, author, and adjudicator. She has given master classes, workshops, and enjoyed an active concert career as a soloist and collaborative artist in the United States, Canada, Central America, Asia, and Europe. A founding member of Young Audiences of New Jersey and the International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance, she has presented regularly at conferences of the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the European Piano Teachers Association. Recent lectures, master classes, and performances have been presented at the International Society for Music Education in Scotland, Performing Arts and Medicine Conference in Colorado and New York City, Third Street Settlement in New York City, Brooklyn College Conservatory, the Steinway Society, New York Piano Teachers’ Congress, and Westminster Choir College.