May 10, 2023

Pianists’ Collaboration Celebrated at Concert

DUO PIANISTS: Westminster Conservatory faculty members Ena Bronstein Barton, left, and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer will perform at a concert by the Westminster Community Orchestra.

The Westminster Community Orchestra, conducted by Ruth Ochs, will present a concert celebrating piano duo Ena Bronstein Barton and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer on Sunday, May 21, at 3 p.m. in Hillman Auditorium at the Marian Buckelew Cullen Center on the Westminster Campus of Rider University, Walnut Lane. A suggested donation of $10 will be accepted at the door.

Barton and Lehrer, who perform on two pianos, have previously performed as soloists and duo with the Westminster Community Orchestra. They will perform Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos in Eb, No. 10 (K. 365). The program will also include Beethoven’s Namensfeier (Name-day) Overture, Op. 115; and selections from Fauré’s Pelléas et Melisande Suite.

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 performed across the United States, back to South America, to Europe, the Near and Far East, Australia, and New Zealand. She taught California State University-Fresno for 13 years. Barton is currently a member of the piano faculty at the Westminster Conservatory of Music, where she previously served as piano department head.

Lehrer is a performer, teacher, clinician, author, and adjudicator. She has given master classes, workshops and had an active concert career as a soloist and collaborative artist in the United States, Canada, Central America, Asia, and Europe. She is professor emerita at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where she taught piano, chamber music, piano pedagogy, and directed the graduate program in piano pedagogy. She continues to teach as a member of the artist faculty of the Westminster Conservatory.  With Barton, she has recorded music for two pianos and a recently released CD of piano duets entitled Drama and Dialogue in the Piano Duets of Mozart, Schubert and Debussy.

Now in her 18th season as conductor and music director of the Westminster Community Orchestra, Ochs has led the orchestra in performances of major orchestral and choral-orchestral works, including symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky. Under her leadership, the orchestra continues to feature ensembles and soloists from the Westminster Conservatory and highlight works by local and under-represented composers. She is currently a senior lecturer in the Princeton University Department of Music, where she is in her 21st season as the conductor of the Princeton University Sinfonia.

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