On Sunday, April 24, 3:30 PM, at Scandinavia House's Victor Borge Hall, surviving family members and descendants will present the composer from their family tree, whose music they still champion today. This concert is free and open to the public. Currently*, you must show proof of vaccination (booster is encouraged, but not required) and at this time we are asking all attendees to wear masks during the performance, except while eating or drinking. 

Seating is limited: RSVP by emailing rsvp@musiciansclubofny.org. Be sure to include your name and the number of seats you would like to reserve. You should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours.  



Dear Composers

Families Present the Composers in their Lives:

James Cohn (1928-2021)

Spencer Huffman (1921-2005)

Silvio de Rienzo (1906-1966)

Robert Starer (1924-2001)

Douglas Townsend (1921-2012)

Sunday, April 24, 2022
3:30 PM

Coffee and Danish cookies will be available in the lobby beginning at about 3:00 PM.

Scandinavia House
Victor Borge Hall

58 Park Avenue (at 38th Street)
New York City

(Click on photos to link to the composers' respective bio pages)


Eileen Cohn, Widow, Presents James Cohn

3 Pieces for Clarinet Alone (1999).................................. James Cohn
Bixby Kennedy, Clarinet
(Duration: 8 minutes)

Jean Townsend, Widow, Presents Douglas Townsend

Sonatina for Flute and Piano (1974)........................ Douglas Townsend
Mitzy Nonaka, Flute, and Alan Murray, Piano
(Duration: 10 minutes)

Priscilla Huffman, Widow, Presents Spencer Huffman

Sonata for Cor Anglais and Piano (1988)..................... Spencer Huffman
Dorothy Darlington, English Horn, and Eric Clark, Piano
(Duration: 14 mins)

Joan Andersen, Daughter, Presents Silvio De Rienzo

Medley of Novelty Piano Solos (1927-1965).................... Silvio De Rienzo
Eric Clark, Great-Grandson, Piano
(Duration: 13 mins)

Jean Townsend, Widow, Presents Douglas Townsend
World Premiere of:
Oboe Concerto in D Minor (2008)................................ Douglas Townsend
(After Scarlatti Sonata, K.90)
Alexander Mayer, Oboe; Phoenix Avalon, Violin; Coco Mi, Violin;
Samuel Rosenthal, Viola; Julia Lee, Cello
Per Brevig, Conductor
(Duration: 8 mins)

Dan Starer, Son, Presents Robert Starer

Serenade for Trombone, Vibraphone and Strings (1984)......... Robert Starer
Connor Rowe, Trombone; Oliver Xu, Vibraphone; Phoenix Avalon Violin;
Coco Mi, Violin; Samuel Rosenthal, Viola; Julia Lee, Cello
Per Brevig, Conductor
(Duration: 17 mins)

Phoenix Avalon, Violin
Phoenix Avalon is a senior at the Juilliard School where he is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, studying with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin. 
Phoenix has enjoyed solo engagements with the Jena Philharmonic, the Cleveland POPS Orchestra, the Boulder Symphony, the Arapahoe Philharmonic, the New Mexico Philharmonic, and Performance Santa Fe Orchestras. He has been featured on USA national radio programs Performance Today and From the Top, as well as giving a solo presentation for TedXABQ. 
Phoenix has won numerous competitions, most recently receiving First Prize at the Louis Spohr International Violin Competition, Third Prize at the Johansen International Competition and Silver Medal at The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association. 
Phoenix is grateful to be playing on a violin by J.B. Vuillaume, Paris, c.1850, generously loaned by a patron through the Tarisio Trust. 
Eric Clark, Piano
Eric Clark has performed to great acclaim throughout much of the United States and in Europe. New York performances include recitals at Rockefeller University, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and the Concerts at One series at Trinity Wall Street.
Eric has given solo recitals in Germany and Italy. In 2010, he performed a benefit concert at the Furstensaal Castle in Dusseldorf, Germany, which raised over five thousand euros for the Haiti earthquake relief efforts. In 2012, he performed Saint-Saens's Piano Concerto No. 2with the Parlarte Symphony, under the direction of Sergei Babayan at Musicfest Perugia
Eric is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Enrique Graf and Sergey Schepkin. He also received lessons from Earl Wild and Ilana Vered. For his First Prize in the 2009 Concerto Competition at Carnegie Mellon, Eric made his Pittsburgh debut playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, conducted by Ronald Zollman, to great acclaim. While preparing a recording of John Corigliano's “Etude Fantasy,” in 2012, Eric was fortunate to receive coaching from the composer himself. 
A passionate advocate of new music, Eric has commissioned a solo piano work by fellow CMU graduate Christian Kriegeskotte. entitled “Le Mat- XXII Arcana.” This ambitious work is a cycle of 22 pieces, each based on one of the 22 “major arcana” of the tarot. In addition to his concert activities, Eric maintains a private teaching studio in Fort Lee, NJ. He is also an accomplished visual artist, whose drawings and paintings have won awards at New Jersey arts festivals.
Dorothy Darlington, Oboe/English horn
Dorothy Darlington was born in New York City and began studying the oboe at age 11. She received her BM from Eastman School of Music, an MM from Michigan State University, and a DMA from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. A highlight of her career has been her six years as a member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, where her duties included performing at the White House, on PBS national broadcasts, and on national and European tours.
In her early career Ms. Darlington won positions at the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, the Savannah Philharmonic, and the Jacksonville Symphony. She also freelanced with the Atlanta Symphony, the National Symphony (at the Kennedy Center), and the Washington Bach Consort, among others.
Mid-career she moved back to the NYC area where, while raising two sons in CT, she established herself as a sought- after freelancer and chamber musician. She has frequently performed on Broadway and as an alternate with the New York Philharmonic. She has been a member of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra for 35 years. Since the Covid Pandemic, she has been busy performing as a core member of the double reed ensemble NY Kammermusiker, and as a principal/featured oboist and English horn with various local orchestras.
Bixby Kennedy, Clarinet
Admired for his “marvelous ringing tone” (Joseph Dalton, Albany Times Union) Bixby Kennedy is one of the most versatile clarinetists of his generation. He has performed concerti with the Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Bloomington Sinfonietta, and New Haven Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Bixby has performed throughout the US and Europe in venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, Marlboro Music Festival, and is the clarinetist for the “explosive” New York City based chamber ensemble Frisson. He has appeared as a guest artist with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, Bixby has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the MET Opera. On period instruments, Bixby has performed classical repertoire on original and replica instruments throughout the US with Grand Harmonie Orchestra. He is a former member of Ensemble Connect and works as a teaching artist throughout the US. As an arranger, his works have been performed by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Schumann, Frisson, Ensemble Connect, and Symphony in C. He loves traveling, trying new foods, laughing, hiking, and playing tennis.
Julia Lee, Cello
Julia Lee is currently at The Juilliard School, where she studies with Darrett Adkins and Joel Krosnick. She was 3rd prize at The International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Poreč, Croatia and first prize at the Senior Concerto Competition at the FFMC in 2018. She has soloed with the Ocala Symphony and Alachua County Symphony. A passionate chamber player, she has participated in Juilliard’s ChamberFest and is grateful to have spent summers working with the Takacs Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet at Kneisel Hall, Zukerman Young Artist Program, Heifetz, and Aspen. 
In addition, Julia stays actively connected to her orchestral playing, where she has served as principal cellist of The Juilliard Orchestra for the last three years and is currently a substitute cellist of The New World Symphony. Julia’s notable mentors include Wendy Warner, Frans Helmerson, and Timothy Eddy. 
Alexander Mayer, Oboe
Emerging oboist Alexander Mayer has appeared in concert halls around the world and is currently attending his fourth year at The Juilliard School studying with Nathan Hughes. A passionate orchestral player, he has freelanced with orchestras such as The Metropolitan Opera, The Florida Orchestra and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. In recent years, Mayer has been a part of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Sarasota Music Festival, and le Domaine Forget International Music Festival, and in 2018 participated as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, touring across Asia under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. Mayer also thrives outside of orchestral settings, winning the Phoenix Youth Symphony Concerto Competition in 2017, and placing in the Curtis Institute of Music YASP Competition and Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Competition, in which his North Winds Quintet also won the chamber music division. 
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Mayer previously studied with Martin Schuring and Nikolaus Flickinger. He has worked with Harmony Project Phoenix, a non-profit afterschool that offers orchestral training in low-income communities, and participated in their 2017 tour of Europe with the Siman Orchestral Foundation. Alexander Mayer has been supported over the years by the Arizona Musicfest Scholarship and is a grant recipient of the National Association of Japanese Canadians Endowment Fund. Outside of music, he can be found hiking and exploring outdoors or enjoying strategy/puzzle games. 
Coco Mi, Violin
Coco Mi, 21, started violin at the age of five. She is a fourth-year undergraduate of the Juilliard School studying with Li Lin. She has participated in music festivals such as Kneisel Hall, the Music Academy of the West, the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Aspen Music Festival. Coco has worked with well-known violinists such as Glenn Dicterow, Aaron Rosand, Jennifer Koh, among others. 
Alan Murray, Piano
Alan Murray has appeared extensively in solo and chamber music recitals and as concerto soloist with orchestras in the US and Europe, performing the piano concertos of Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Dvořák, Liszt, Prokofiev, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky, as well as the complete cycle of Mozart’s solo piano concertos. He is founder and executive director of the Westchester Chamber Soloists, a conductorless chamber orchestra that debuted in March 2020 and is focused on the concerto and chamber ensemble literature for all instruments. A dedicated chamber musician, Alan has been a regular participant at the RiverArts’ Annual Music Tour in the lower Hudson Valley, presenting the major chamber works for strings, winds and piano. As soloist, in recent years Alan presented the Masters Series in the NYC area performing the complete cycles of major works by Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel and J.S. Bach, as well as Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas and Diabelli Variations and masterpieces by Albéniz (Iberia), Granados (Goyescas), Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin. His career has focused on the global insurance and capital markets, and he holds a degree in physics/cosmology and languages from Cornell. Alan resides in Westchester County with his family, and his diverse studio programs, recordings and performance schedule can be found at www.studio-hollywood.com.

Mitzy Nonaka, Flute
Versatile and energetic flutist Mitzy Nonaka has a varied career, performing with regional orchestras, chamber ensembles, and recording for a variety of media projects. Dedicated to using music to promote social justice values, she regularly contributes to the efforts of Protestra: an activist Orchestra. Mitzy can be heard in recent recordings with Ensemble 212 and Light Opera of New York, as well as View and Chew on Amazon Prime and Bite Size Broadway, an award-winning musical podcast. As an educator, Nonaka is dedicated to sharing the joy of music with any student with curiosity and provides low-to-no cost lessons for students across NYC, in addition to being on faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, J and L Music and Dance Studio, Fort Lee School of Music, and Through the Staff. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music with Tara Helen O’Connor; and her MM at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with Thomas Robertello, where she was the recipient of the Graduate Tuition Award and Deans Scholarship.

Connor Rowe, Trombone 
Connor Rowe is a shooting star in the galaxy of trombone. Now a Master of Music candidate at the Juilliard School studying with Joseph Alessi, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 2020 at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. In 2018, he won Grand Prize at the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, the 2018 Lätszch Trombone Festival competition, and the Yamaha Young Performing Artists competition. He has attended the Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, and National Youth Orchestra of the United States. For the past year, he has taught students enrolled in the Colburn School’s Jumpstart Program. He regularly performs with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra and Los Angeles Sinfonietta, and has performed with the YMF Debut Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, hiking, chess, and playing ping pong with his friends. 
Samuel Rosenthal, Viola 
Samuel Rosenthal, viola, age 21, grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where he began his musical studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2021, Sam received the Second Prize in the Primrose International Viola Competition. More than anything, Sam enjoys playing chamber music with his incredible colleagues and friends. Since 2016, he has attended the Perlman Music Program as a student in both the Summer Music School and the Chamber Music Workshop. As a member of the Razumovsky Quartet, he received the Silver Medal in the Junior Division of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Sam is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at the Juilliard School where he studies with Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang. 
Oliver Xu, Vibraphone
Oliver Xu is a NYC-based percussionist currently pursuing a Master of Music at The Juilliard School, where he studies with Daniel Druckman. In the last year, he has won the Percussive Arts Society Solo Artist Competition and the Great Plains International Marimba Competition. He has also been recognized with Third Prize at the Sixth IPEA International Percussion Competition and the Youth Jury Prize at the TROMP International Percussion Competition. His most recent solo performance was at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, where he premiered a new work by Ayanna Woods.

Remember to RSVP by replying directly to this email (or email rsvp@musiciansclubofny.org). Be sure to include your name and the number of seats you would like to reserve. You should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. And come early for coffee and Danish cookies from about 3 PM.

See you there!

Brian Hunter, Outgoing Executive Director
Bixby Kennedy, Incoming Executive Director


This concert is free and open to the public. It is paid for by tax-deductible donations and membership dues. Donations are very much appreciated! To join or renew your membership, or to make a donation online, visit: www.musiciansclubofny.org/membership


*From the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts website, as of April 18, 2022:
"For the health and safety of all staff, artists and guests, LCPA requires all guests to provide proof that the final dose of their primary COVID-19 vaccination series with a WHO-approved vaccine was administered at least 14 days before the indoor performance or event. Guests are encouraged but not required to receive a COVID-19 booster if eligible—based on eligibility determined by the CDC. Additionally, all guests are required to wear a face covering at all times except when actively eating or drinking."

This concert was made possible by members of the Musicians Club of New York.

 It is free and open to all with a suggested donation of $10 (tax-deductible/receipt available).

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