Grace Note Farm along with the Burrillville Land Trust presents a new concert series, Music at the Farm, the second Sunday of each month. Concerts will feature a variety of music styles from classical chamber music to folk and jazz. Artistic director, host and flutist Virginia Sindelar, a graduate of Juilliard has invited talented internationally recognized artists and developed a program of music from around the world for this series of concerts.
Music at the Farm on July 8 at 2 PM will feature music for flute and guitar; each composer uses folk music or poetry for his melodies and style: Robert Beaser's Mountain Songs (Appalachia), Astor Piazzolla's Histoire d' Tango (Argentina); and Manuel DeFalla's Siete Canciones Populares Espangola (Spain). The artists are Virginia Sindelar, flute, and Peter Clemente, guitar.
Grace Note Farm was the first land conservation farm in the Town of Burrillville and is a family-friendly environment. After the concert, the members are invited to tour the grounds, the homestead dwelling and meet the farm residents - chickens, horses and a donkey - to name a few.
About the Artist/Flute Teacher: Virginia Sindelar made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Chicago Symphony String Ensemble. A pupil of Julius Baker at the Juilliard School, she earned both BA and MS degrees and was presented the Three Arts Award in recognition of her outstanding performance. A Fromm Fellow at Tanglewood for three summers, she also taught in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and appeared as soloist with the Berkshire Festival Orchestra under the direction of Gunter Schuller. Ms. Sindelar has toured both North and South America presenting concerts and master classes and performed at the Seoul Arts Center as a guest of the Korean government. As founder and Artistic Director of the Scarborough Chamber Players, she commissioned new works, presented classical, historic, and multi-cultural series, received National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Lottery funding to bring multicultural programs to the public schools of Massachusetts and served as a consultant to other organizations interested in promoting and presenting the arts. She has produced and hosted numerous performing arts programs for cable television and coordinated both Quincy’s first First Night (1993) and the Randolph Peace Committee 1994 Peace Begins with Me celebration in Massachusetts. Ms. Sindelar has recorded works by Mauro Giuliani and Music of the Romantic Era for flute and guitar on the Centaur and Titanic labels. Since 1996 Ms. Sindelar has made her home in Pascoag, Rhode Island where she taught for many years and built her horse farm and historic inn business.
Teaching Positions: Lowell University, Clark University, Eastern Nazarene College, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Milton Academy, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and private teaching for over 35 years.
About the Guitar Player: A native of New England, award-winning guitarist Peter Clemente is a frequent recitalist and committed music educator. An eclectic musician with influences from both classical and improvisatory traditions, his playing has been described as “sumptuous classical guitar” (Camden Herald), and “haunting expressiveness” (Worcester Telegram and Gazette).
Mr. Clemente’s performance career began with First Prize awards in the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Solo Competition in 1986 and the Ovation Classical Guitar Competition in 1981. In addition, he was chosen by maestro Andres Segovia as a finalist in the Segovia Fellowship Competition held at New York University in 1984, and was a Second Prize winner in the International Guitar Competition of Puerto Rico in 1985. He has since performed in solo and chamber music settings throughout New England and beyond. Some noteworthy performances include those for Bay Chamber Concerts, Boston and CT Classical Guitar Societies, Rochester Chamber Music Society, WCRB Copley Square Concert Series, and at venues such as Weill Hall (with soprano Katherine Emory), Mechanics Hall, Cornell University, Jordan Hall, University of Texas and many more. Hailed by Soundboard magazine for his “professionalism and musical aplomb,” Clemente is further recognized for his creative programming, often including original compositions and improvisations alongside traditional repertory. Viewing the voice of the guitar as transformative, he has also worked with composers such as the late Daniel Pinkham and film score writer John Kusiak in the preparation and performance of new and exciting works for the instrument.
Noted in Classical Guitar magazine for his “fine tone, creditable technique, and insightfulness into the music,” Clemente has collaborated with some of New England’s finest performers in both recordings and concerts. These include guitar duos with John Muratore, and with Mark Small with whom he recorded the album, Fast Falls the Eventide for Utah’s Joyspring Records in 2005. He was also featured on the 2011 album, Grace with international jazz saxophone and Berklee sensation, Grace Kelly. Additional collaborations have been with members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, jazz violinist Mimi Rabson, soprano Maria Ferrante, tenor William Hite, and flautist Jill Dreeben with whom he recorded the album, Monhegan Suite and Other Musical Journeys in 2012. He has been a welcome guest soloist with many performing groups including the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, the Central Massachusetts Symphony, Symphony Pro Musica, and the Meliora String Quartet.
Mr. Clemente holds degrees from both The Hartt School and New England Conservatory where he studied the guitar with Richard Provost and David Leisner. He currently devotes considerable time to teaching as an Artist/Teacher in Guitar at The Hartt School, and at Assumption College where, in addition to the guitar, he has designed courses in world music – an area of secondary emphasis inspired by the music of Astor Piazzolla. Mr. Clemente has held previous teaching positions at Boston University, Tufts University, and the Longy School.