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The Brandenburg All-Stars To Play December Shows at Purchase College Performing Arts Center Dec. 13

Date Released: 11/26/2008

The Brandenburg All-Stars featuring some of New York's leading musicians will perform a beloved holiday classic, Bach’s Brandenburg’s Concertos at Purchase College on December 13 and Symphony Space in New York City on December 19.

The All-Stars include Purchase College Conservatory of Music faculty members and alumni along with musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

The Brandenburg Concertos are widely considered the most perfect baroque works and reveal the lighter and joyful side of Bach’s genius.  They are a highlight of one of the happiest and most productive periods in his life.  He was the Kapellmeister -- the music director -- in the town of Coethen where he was composing music for the court. The concertos were an unexpected gift to the Margrave of Brandenburg who never thanked Bach for the work or paid him.  Later, when they were performed, the concertos became immensely popular.  The music is featured in a wide range of Hollywood films including "Bridge Too Far" and "Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion."  The music has become a joyous holiday tradition enjoyed by music lovers everywhere.

The first performance is Saturday, December 13 in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $42.50 and $52.50 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 914.251.6200 or visiting

The second performance is Friday, December 19 at Symphony Space in New York City. To purchase tickets, call 212.864.5400 or visit

Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95 Street.

The concert is presented under the artistic direction of renowned flutist Tara Helen O'Connor and harpsichordist Bradley Brookshire.

Bradley Brookshire leads the Purchase College Camerata and is director of Graduate Studies at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. He has served as Assistant Conductor at Glimmerglass Opera, Cover Conductor at Virgina at Opera and has conducted performances at the New York City Opera.

Tara Helen O'Connor, professor of flute at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, is a charismatic performer sought after for her artistic depth, brilliant technique and colorful tone in music of every era.  She is a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape, a founding member of the 1995 New Millennium Ensemble and the flute soloist of the renowned Bach Aria Group.  She performs regularly with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orpheus, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto UAS, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire and the Brandenburg Ensemble.

Purchase College faculty and alumni participating in the concert are: Andrew Parker (oboe), Marc Goldberg (bassoon), Laurie Smukler (violin), Calvin Wiersman (violin/viola), Ira Weller (viola), Elizabeth Weisser (viola), Julia Lichten, and Timothy Cobb.  Other musicians are Eugenia Zukerman, Barry Crawford (flute), Robert Ingliss (oboe), Steven Kramer (oboe) ,Larry DiBello (horn), Steve Shorts (horn), Alan R. Kay (Eb clarinet), Daniel Phillips (violin), Aaron Boyd (violin/viola), Emily Smith (violin), David Gerber (cello), Melissa Meell (cello).