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5/10/2017 - Alyce Cognetta Bertz Classical Music Program on May 31

Alyce Cognetta Bertz Classical Music Program
Sponsored by The Leroy Anderson Foundation

Sisters Alyce Cognetta Bertz and Meg Cognetta Heaton will perform a violin and piano concert at the Southbury Library on a special night, Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7 pm in the Brinker Fireplace room. The program is sponsored by the Leroy Anderson Foundation.

Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Registration is required. To register, call 203-262-0626 x130 or sign up at the Reference Desk.

Alyce Cognetta Bertz is well-known in the area for her versatile and vivacious performance style. During grade school and High School she studied with Syoko Aki at the Yale School of Music and with Charles Tregor at the Hartt School of Music. She also studied chamber music with the Cleveland Quartet, the Julliard Quartet, and Joeseph Gingold. When in high school, she performed in Vienna, Austria at the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass." She has performed concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, La Philarmonica de las Americas in Mexico, Blossom Music Festival in Ohio, and at Waterloo Music Festival with members of the New York Philharmonic. Alyce just returned from performing on a Cruise though the Caribbean. Recently she recorded a solo violin piece for an independent film producer in NYC.

Alyce is the concertmaster of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. She is also Concertmaster of The Burning Man Playa Pops Orchestra in Black Rock City, Nevada. She collaborates with the Waterbury Chorale as Concertmaster of their chamber orchestra.

Alyce performs on an exceptional Italian violin made by Postiglione in 1869. She has performed as a violin soloist on WQXR radio in New York City, and appeared as soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Hartt Symphony Orchestra, and numerous times with the Waterbury Symphony. Her chamber music performances include the Cape Cod Summer Music Festival in Chatham, Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City, Wolcott Classic Series,Whaling Church Classical Series in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Woodbury Chamber Music Series, and solo recitals at Geneva Opera House in New York.

Alyce teaches privately in her studio in Southbury. Many of her violin students play in area youth orchestras and are also invited to attend advanced level Chamber music camps. Alyce teaches violin at Brass City Charter School in Waterbury for the Music and Arts Citizen program.

Pianist, Meg Cognetta Heaton of Geneva, New York began piano lessons at the Whale Church in Stamford Connecticut. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, she teaches at Hobart and William Smith colleges in Geneva, New York. Meg Cognetta Heaton is a member of the Tuesday Piano Quartette, a group devoted to the enjoyment of eight -hand piano repertoire and is active in the Finger Lakes region accompanying choral groups, Suzuki classes and soloists. She has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and Finger Lakes Symphony, and most recently at Hobart and William Smith Colleges playing the piano solo in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Ms. Heaton teaches at Hobart and William Smith College and is on the board of St. Peter's Community Arts Academy, which offers free piano and violin lessons for Geneva's children.


Contact: Shirley Thorson
Head Librarian
Southbury Public Library
203-262-0626 ext. 140