NEWBURGH — ALIVEmusica, a collaborative live concert series born out of the coronavirus pandemic, will present its seventh chamber music performance on March 21 with the Schroeder Umansky Duo.
The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., will be broadcast from St. George’s Church in Newburgh, home of Newburgh Chamber Music, one of ALIVEmusica’s co-presenters.
Previous concerts were broadcast from the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, home of the Howland Chamber Music Circle, which ran the ALIVEmusica series. Other co-presenters include the Pawling Concert Series and the classic WMHT FM.
Musicians have had few opportunities to perform since the pandemic began, and many have been furloughed due to closed concert times.
The ALIVEmusica series has given emerging artists connected to the Hudson Valley the opportunity to perform, while helping chamber music organizations maintain a connection with their audiences.
For 20 years, Newburgh Chamber Music has presented concerts in St. George’s on Grand Street that date back over 200 years. Sunday afternoon concerts feature young performers and a rich repertoire of classical and modern music. Musicians praised the church for its acoustics, and audiences enjoyed post-concert receptions. The pandemic changed all that last spring.
Carole Cowan, founder and director of Newburgh Chamber Music, said the concerts drew listeners from many countries around the world, as well as from across the central Hudson Valley. And several wrote to express their support for the series.
Violinist Amy Schroeder and cellist Felix Umansky, who perform a wide range of compositions from classical to contemporary, formed their ensemble in 2014 shortly before their wedding.
Their March 21 concert will feature Arthur Honegger’s enchanting Sonatina for Violin and Cello and Hungarian folk music from Zoltàn Kodàly’s Duo for Violin and Cello.
Schroeder is a founding member of the Grammy-winning Attacca Quartet and is on the faculty of Vassar College. Umansky is a member of the Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet and was named artist-in-residence at Yale University, from which he graduated, and the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah. They have performed with orchestras and ensembles around the world and have won numerous awards and accolades.
The March 21 concert can be streamed on the co-presenters’ websites, including newburghchambermusic.org and howlandmusic.org/ALIVEmusica. It will be available for two weeks after its debut. A donation of $20 is suggested.