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Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and the Classical Music Lovers (CML)


Music By Women For Women:
An evening of vocal and instrumental music

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Reception 7:30 PM

Program 8:00 PM

This program is produced under the auspices of SAGE’s Women’s Committee.

Performance at


305 7th Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, New York 10001

For information please contact Felica at Fsobel@sageusa.org or 212-741-2808

  Classical Musical Lovers

   Scheduled to perform:

Lily Arbisser, soprano

Patricia Bennett, pianist and mandolinist

Carol Bloom, guitarist and mandolinist

Bracha-Nechama Bomze, poet

Marie DeRosa, pianist

Marlene Feingold, singer/song writer, guitarist

Maxine Feldman, pianist

Linda Hallman, mezzo-soprano

Zoe Hassman, cellist

Anita Humer, pianist and director of CML

Kathryn Keenan, soprano

Barbara Rosen, pianist

Elli Ross, pianist

Awilda Villarini, composer


This event is for women.

Lily Arbisser   is quickly establishing herself as a New York area soloist of great versatility and depth. Select concert credits include Haydn’s *Lord Nelson Mass*, the title role in Handel’s *Theodora* and Bach’s *Cantata BWV 84*. Opera roles include Barbarina and Susanna in *Le Nozze di* *Figaro* and *Suor Dolcina* in Puccini's *Suor Angelica*. Ms. Arbisser grew up in Davenport, Iowa, an avid instrumentalist from an early age. She distinguished herself as a cellist, French horn player and pianist and was featured as the piano soloist in a performance of Gershwin’s *Rhapsody in Blue* with the Quad City Wind Ensemble in 2004. She graduated *summa cum laude* and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Archaeology and a Certificate in Vocal Performance from Princeton University and received her Master of Music degree at Mannes College The New School for Music.

Carol Bloom   Beginning piano lessons as a 5-year-old, I read music before I could read words. At Music and Art High School in the 1960’s, I picked up the guitar when the folk music revival began. For 13 years during the height of the AIDS crisis, I offered an open format guitar class to clients at GMHC and later, to new immigrants from around the world at the high school where I served as a guidance counselor. For many years, I played lead guitar with the New York Women’s String Band, performing mostly in the lesbian/feminist community. La Donne Schulman was our fiddler/mandolinist. When she died, I inherited her mandolin and haven’t put it down since, though I continue to play the piano and guitar. As a retiree, I have time to study and practice different musical styles, including klezmer, Brazilian choro, ragtime, and classical. I play regularly in a string quartet of plucked instruments, participate in an annual mandolin orchestra workshop under the direction of the Italian virtuoso, Carlo Aonzo, and study with the great mandolinist, Tamara Volskaya. I also entertain at senior facilities with my brother on tenor banjo, and jam with whatever pianists, guitarists, lutenists, mandolinists, and other musicians I can find to play with.

Bracha-Nechama Bomze   has recently completed a book-length poem, *Marriage Equality,* a tribute to her 28-year relationship with her delightfully musical (as you can hear tonight!) partner, Carol Bloom (now her wife). This piece delineates the social and political context which informs, shapes and inspires their story as a couple. After over 23 years of work in the HIV/AIDS epidemic with young people, Bracha-Nechama has emerged from burn-out to reclaim her passion for writing, having spent two years in vigorous experimentation at the New School in the poetry labs of her mentor, Miranda Field. She has since been engaged in private tutorials with Ms. Field in order to launch her book, from which she will read tonight. She lives in New York City with Carol, one mile from her 88-year-old father, a Holocaust survivor, who taught her to appreciate the music of words, the words of music, and that to save a single life is to save an entire world.

Marie DeRosa   plays Gershwin, Porter and the Beatles as easily as Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. She is an award-winning pianist who has performed as soloist and ensemble musician in the United States, the Caribbean and aboard the Queen Elizabeth II. Ms. DeRosa is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music with a Masters degree in Piano Performance. During her long teaching career, she has been on the faculties of New York University, Mercy College and Jersey City State College. Currently, Marie DeRosa enjoys giving piano/lecture performances, private piano instruction, and coaching sessions for various instrumentalists. When not at the keyboard, DeRosa is a competitive cyclist; she has won many National and World Championship titles.

Marlene Feingold   I was in first grade (it was called 1A back then) when my teacher told us that some of us shouldn't sing, but should move our lips and pretend. I was a chosen non-singer and disobeyed Mrs. Eaton. About seventy years later, I started the non-singers chorus at Sage for people who preferred not to move their lips but to actually make sounds. My life with music included thirty years as a glee club teacher in a school where I taught, playing the guitar and singing with the New York City Streetsingers. My non-singing chorus evolved into the Sage Singers and we have performed at Sage, at several senior centers and we actually had a paid gig at The Kitchen. I love music and politically I am an animal activist working to end animal abuse.

Maxine Feldman   is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall and the United Nations among many other venues. She also performs regularly with Opera and Broadway vocalists and with instrumentalists. She has served on the music faculties of NYU, Brooklyn College and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. She is also a devoted teacher and has taught over 300 students over the course of 35 years.

Linda Hallman   earned her Master of Music at Manhattan School of Music. She pursued a career in opera for a number of years, performing at CML in its first decade, before becoming a cabaret performer. She partnered with well-known musical mentors to produce & sing 8 original shows in various New York City cabaret venues. Her special repertoire is pop standards and more contemporary composers like Sondheim. Linda is honored to join CML to celebrate its 32nd Anniversary.

Zoe Hassman   is an acclaimed solo cellist who has performed extensively around the world. Her passion is to perform as many of her innovative & unique "Zoe" brand of paid, audience-friendly solo cello recitals as possible with a smorgasbord of music from all genres including pop to jazz to classical ... and beyond to fulfill her life's mission: to make a difference and enrich & uplift people's lives. Reviews of Zoe's solo cello playing include:"... Zoe is a fabulous soloist..."; "we have heard rave reviews about your recital; we hope you will return again & again." To contact Zoe about performing her solo cello recitals: you can email her at ezoecello@gmail.com or/and ezoe@rcn.com; Zoe's cell is 917-414-5906 (she also texts). Her website is: www. ezoehassman.com.

Anita Humer   has been the music director of CML for over 20 years. She taught in private schools in and around Manhattan for 22 years. Having earned a Masters of Piano Performance Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, she performs as soloist and accompanies singers and instrumentalists, as well as, teaching private piano in up-state New York and New York City. She has been the choral conductor of a mixed chorus for 17 years. Anita's pianistic lineage can be traced back from Freda Rosenblatt to Leschetizky, Liszt, Czerny and finally Beethoven.

Katherine Keenan
   soprano, and a biologist, recently retired from her corporate job and now has more time to enjoy her love of music and singing. She has sung at CML for many years and welcomes this opportunity to sing at Sage. Katherine's primary focus has been classical music and the songs of the American musical theatre. She has sung most recently with the Davidson Singers and the Gotham Rock Choir.

Barbara Rosen   is a retired clinical psychologist who studied piano as a youth and adolescent. She has been a member of CML for eight years and is currently a piano student of Anita Humer. Barbara is a former SAGE board member and is currently on their Women's Committee."

Elli Ross   a retired guidance counselor and licensed massage therapist, has been a member of CML for more than 20 years. She studied piano at the HS of Performing Arts and then majored in Music at City College. Elli is currently a piano student of Anita Humer.

Awilda Villarini
   was educated at The Juilliard School of Music, New York University, The Peabody Conservatory and the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna.  Dr. Villarini has composed works for piano, voice, chamber music and orchestra.  She has received commissions from the N.E.A. and The Louis Vogelstein Foundation, among others.