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Bedford Chamber Concert Draws Big Crowd For Feltsman

Bedford resident Bronnie Trotta, second from right, waits to listen to a solo performance by Vladimir Feltsman at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Bedford. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Northern Westchester residents listen intently as Vladimir Feltsman performs at the second-to-last Bedford Chamber Concert Series of the 2013-14 season. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- More than 100 classical music fans rose and fell with each keystroke by the internationally recognized pianist Vladimir Feltsman, who gave a solo performance at the weekly Bedford Chamber Concerts on Wednesday, April 9.

The Moscow native has been performing professionally since age 11 and has performed the music of J.S. Bach throughout his career. He has performed in Paris, the former Soviet Union, Europe, Japan and America. His first performance in America was at the White House. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall.

Some attending the concert Wednesday said the Bedford Chamber Concerts provide “Lincoln Center-quality performances right here in Bedford.” Bill Foulke, of Bedford, said having Feltsman perform really "puts Bedford on the map." 

The series started in 2000 and is held at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Bedford. Music Director Anthony Newman, a musician, conductor and composer who often performs, draws on his 35 years in the industry to attract musicians to the series.

Mary Davidson, a lifelong Bedford resident, said she was a "president of the Anthony Newman fan club," along with her friends Carol Lasher, of Ossining, Carol Barber, of Pleasantville, and Beryle Hay, of Millwood. 

Similarly, Bonnie Trotta, of Bedford, praised Newman, and his wife, Mary Jane, who she said is a close friend. 

Armonk resident Donald Gregg, who is the former U.S. Ambassador to Korea, said he isn't a music expert, but enjoyed the performance, along with his wife, Margaret. 

The final performance for 2013-14 will be on Wednesday, May 7, and feature rising star Andy Feldbau, Newman and the Bedford Chamber Ensemble. The program will include Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3,  Mozart’s Symphony 35 “Haffner” and Newman’s “An American Classic” Symphony.

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