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Delicious Duos -- Delectably Diverse Duos for Piano and Violin

Chamber music is intimate by nature because it is composed for small groups of instruments each with its own voice and playing a different part. The music is usually performed in a venue smaller than a concert hall so the musicians and audience are in close proximity to each other, thereby making “the music of friends”* an appropriate description.

Violinist Laurie Carney of the American String Quartet and her friend pianist David Friend are performing in concert "Delicious Duos -- Delectably Diverse Duos for Piano and Violin," music by four composers from four countries. Compositions by Russian Sergei Prokofiev, Frenchman Claude Debussy, and American Chris Parker are included on this varied program, which finishes with a sonata by German Ludwig von Beethoven.

Come and be a part of an afternoon of “music of friends” on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. in Orange Hall Theatre, SUNY Orange, Middletown, N.Y.

Musicians Carney and Friend enjoy working with and playing pieces by living composers as they did when they came to Orange Hall Theatre in 2014. This time local musician/composer Chris Parker, professor of music at SUNY Orange, is featured with his work “Duo for Violin and Piano.”  Known for his original Latin, funky, and straight ahead jazz, Chris Parker also composes chamber music.

A founding member of the American String Quartet, Laurie Carney holds the distinction of performing quartets longer than any woman in this elite field. As chamber musician and soloist, David Friend is dedicated to adventurous projects that push boundaries and explore new ideas about what contemporary pianism can be in the twenty-first century.

Tickets are reasonably priced at $15 adults; $10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni; and free for all students. All tickets except student admission are available online at:

The box office opens at 2 p.m. before the performance. Students should pick up their tickets at the box office.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown, NY. Questions may be directed to and (845) 341-4891. Also check out the Cultural Affairs website at

*[quote by composer Richard H. Walthew, 1909]

Event date, time and location.

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs