Music from Salem - Fall Concert - 4pm


Sunday October 15, at 4:00 PM: Music from Salem Concert at Hubbard Hall

Performances are Pay What You Can at the Door (Suggested Donation $25)

For its special Fall concert Music from Salem is presenting a program of several short romantic pieces and movements. Featured composers will include Mozart, LachnerVieuxtempsYsayeFuchsMartinuReger, and IbertArvo Pärt's mystical “Fratres” will also be performed. The pieces are solos, duos and trios for violin, viola, and piano. Performing are violinist Markus Placci, praised for having "magnificent personality, superb energy, total command and an extremely convincing taste" by La Libre Belgique; violist Lila BrownMfS artistic director; and pianist and MfS consulting director Judith Gordon, who received an Outstanding Alumni Award from New England Conservatory of Music in 2009.


Founded and led by violist Lila Brown, Music from Salem brings together established musicians of international reputation as well as emerging talent. Since beginning in 1986, MfS has become widely known for its quality musicianship, which has been called “world class” and “masterful” in press reviews. Each year MfS provides a classical music concert series and also serves the community with educational programs for children, teens and adults. MfS is celebrating its thirty-first year contributing to arts in community. In 2017, MfS programs have taken place in Cambridge, Greenwich, and Salem. MfS programs draw audiences from New York’s Capital District and from nearby Vermont and Massachusetts.  For more information on all our offerings, please visit 

The Performers:

Lila Brown, (viola) is a co-founder and the artistic director of Music from Salem, founded in 1986, and director of the MfS Viola Seminar since 2011. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Brown was a member of the Boston Symphony from 1982-84. Moving to Austria, she studied with Sandor Vegh, and was principal violist of his Camerata Academica Salzburg. As a member of the Ensemble Modern, the renowned German ensemble for new music, Brown premiered works by Ligeti, Kurtag, Adams, Reich, Rhim, Zappa, and Lachenmann among others, and she has played chamber music tours of England with the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England. Brown has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and is a frequent guest artist at the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the Boston Artists Ensemble and Horten Kammermusikkfest in Norway. She has been an assistant professor at the Vienna Hochschule, professor at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Duesseldorf, and returning to the US in 2009, joined the faculty of The Boston Conservatory where she received a “Distinguished Music Faculty of the Year” award in 2012.


Judith Gordon (piano) gave her New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Introductions series in 1990, and was the Boston Globe 1997 Musician of the Year. As soloist with ensembles including the Boston Pops, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Collage New Music, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, she has explored repertory from Beethoven, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff to Berg, Cage, and Boulez. She has collaborated with an exceptionally wide variety of instrumentalists and singers. Composers with whom she has worked closely in recent years are John Harbison, Lee Hyla, Peter Lieberson, James Matheson and James Primosch. Recent seasons have featured performances at Bard Summerscape and Bennington Chamber Music Conference, concerts at Lincoln Center, Celebrity Series Boston, Sunday Chatter Albuquerque, and Dilijan Concerts in Los Angeles. Gordon is a graduate of New England Conservatory, where she was awarded an Outstanding Alumni award in 2009, and currently teaches piano and chamber music at Smith College. She is a consulting director at Music from Salem.


Markus Placci (violin) has been heard throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Asia in venues such as the Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, the Kursaal in Baden-Baden, the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, the Auditori in Barcelona, the Teatro Comunale and Mozart Hall in Bologna, the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton. Since his solo debut at age 13 with the Bologna Symphony, Placci has been soloist with symphony orchestras including Barcelona Symphony, the Radio Television Orchestra of Spain, the Baden-Baden Philarmonie, Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra Milan, Teatro San Carlo of Napoli Symphony, the St. Petersburg State Philharmonic, and the Annapolis Symphony, among others. He has been broadcast live on BBC Radio, Bartok Radio Hungary, RaiRadio, RTV Espana, and is the winner of the “Brahms Preis” in Germany, the “Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize” at Tanglewood, and of the prestigious “XXVI Vittorio Veneto Competition” in Italy. In 2005 Placci premiered the Violin Concerto by Spanish composer J. Cervelló in Madrid, and in 2008 he was appointed to the faculty at The Boston Conservatory. He plays on an 1871 J.B. Vuillaume violin, copy of the “Alard” Stradivari.






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