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December 18, 2016
Peter Griggs, classical guitarist

January 15, 2017
Granados and Ginastera: Nationalism, Tradition and Vogue
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, pianist

February 19, 2017
Olivia Smith, mezzo-soprano
Christopher Bradshaw, pianist

March 19, 2017
Stefanie Izzo, soprano
Women's Herstory Month:
Music of Women Composers

April 23, 2017
David Glukh, trumpet

May 21, 2017
Christopher Bradshaw, pianist


September 15, 2013
Martin Söderberg, piano
Music of Spanish Composers

October 20, 2013
500 Years of Music
for Guitar
Peter Griggs, classical guitar

November 17, 2013
Stefanie Izzo, soprano
Luis González, baritone
David Taubman, piano

January 19, 2014
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Luis González, baritone

February 16, 2014
Chamber Music Concert
Akiko Hosoi, violin
Laura Ha, violin
Alyssa Hardie Beckmann, viola
Midori Sadamatsu Witkowski, viola
Julian Schwarz, cello
Andrew Trombley, double bass
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

March 16, 2014
Filip Pogády, violin
Peter Fancovic, piano

May 18, 2014
Children's Program
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

October 19, 2014
Quartet for the End of Time
Chamber Music Recital
Catherine Lawlor, violin
Tony Park, clarinet
Elizabeth Kim, cello
Markus Kaitila, piano

November 16, 2014
The Studio of Nelson Ojeda Valdés
A Concert of Chamber Music

January 18, 2015
Rebecca Jordan, flute
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano

February 15, 2015
A Night at the Opera
Anna Noggle, soprano
Victor Starsky, tenor

March 22, 2015
Through Her Eyes:
A Celebration of Women in Music
Stefanie Izzo, soprano
Catherine Frank, piano

April 19, 2015
The Three B's
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

October 18, 2015
Lynette Carveth, soprano
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Spanish Music
for Voice and Piano

November 15, 2015
Chamber Music
Students of
Nelson Ojeda Valdés

December 13, 2015
Olivia Smith, soprano
Christopher Bradshaw, piano
Mozart, Brahms, Britten

January 17, 2016
Stefanie Izzo, soprano

February 21, 2016
Markus Kaitila, piano

April 24, 2016
Children's Opera Program:
Beauty and the Beast
by Vittorio Giannini
Anna Noggle, soprano
Victor Starsky, Tenor
Jessica Kimple, Mezzo-Soprano
Todd Wachsman, Baritone
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

May 15, 2016
Bones of Contention
Brass Ensemble
*Jeremy Kempton, tenor trombone
*Alex Somer, tenor trombone
Jacob Elkin, tenor trombone
*Nick Healy, bass trombone

*members of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra

October 30, 2016
Nicoletta Julia Berry, soprano
Yurika Mihara, pianist

November 13, 2016
A Cappella Group:
The Rough Dozen

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December 18, 2016

6:00 pm

"Music For An Old English Christmas" features arrangements of traditional carols, ballads and folk dances of the British Isles, along with compositions by Elizabethan composers such as John Dowland, William Byrd and Anthony Holborne.
Peter Griggs attended the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College Division, Bowdoin College, Wesleyan University and York University (UK). His principal teachers included Louis Ricci (French Horn), Elliot Schwartz & Wilfred Mellers (composition), Marion Brown (jazz improvisation) and Pandit Sharda Sahai (tabla). In 1975, Griggs spent a year traveling throughout Asia, recording and studying with musicians in India, Nepal, Indonesia and Japan - an experience which had a great impact on his musical development.

Throughout the 1980's, Griggs performed with two NY-based new music groups: "Gamelan Son of Lion," the composer's collective performing on Indonesian-style percussion instruments, and "Music By Peter Griggs With Iris Brooks & Glen Velez," a flute, guitar and percussion trio. Gamelan Son of Lion recorded several of Griggs' compositions, including Solar Winds(Gamelan in the New World, Volume I) and Through The Looking Glass(Locust Records). Writing in New York's Village Voice, critic Tom Johnson observed that Griggs' gamelan composition Dream Sequence "shimmers along almost like Debussy." The Griggs/Brooks/Velez trio's recording, Radio Iceland, was cited by John Schaeffer in his book New Sounds: A Listener's Guide to New Music as "a beautiful recording of world music."
Griggs' innovative compositions for gamelan are mentioned twice in Music Since 1945 by Elliot Schwartz and Danile Godfrey: as part of a broader trend by composers and musicians to incorporate elements of world music in their work and for his participation in a collective composition by four different composers, entitled Gamelan N.E.A. This composition, perhaps unique in the history of music, was commissioned by the National Endowment For The Arts.

Griggs is a prolific composer for modern dance, and has collaborated with several important choreogaphers including Nacho Duato of Compania National de Danza de Espania, Linda Diamond and Sally Gross. In The New York Times, critic Jennifer Dunning wrote that Griggs' music for a dance by Sally Gross was "as clear and mysterious as the dance itself." During the 1990's, he worked as sound designer, composer and musician on more than 50 Off-Broadway shows in New York with companies including Pan-Asian Repertory Theatre, Kings County Shakespeare Company and the Mint Theatre.

In 1998, Griggs collaborated with sound artist Kudzu on the album Children Of The Amazon (Treecastle Music). This CD, for Brazilian percussion, synthesizers, acoustic & electric guitar and natural sounds, was popular on National Public Radio, and critically well-received. Kathy Parson ( Solo Piano Publications USA) described the album as being "stunning in its intensity, a journey into your own imagination." Brad Biondo ( AfterTouch USA) noted "an absolutely superb guitar performance by Peter Griggs."

In recent years, Griggs has studied flamenco guitar in Germany and Brazilian music in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Luis, Brazil. He was based in Dusseldorf, Germany from 2002 - 2012, and currently resides in the New York City area.

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