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A venture of Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church, Concerts on Main are FREE and open to all and are held approximately three to four times per year (in fall, winter, and spring). 

Performances feature NYC and NJ-area professionals sharing a variety of music, including classical, jazz and other contemporary genres in the church’s historic and acoustically engaging sanctuary.

2013-14 dates:

 Friday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.
South American & Baroque Flair
featuring Martha Cargo, flute and Miho Zaitsu, cello
plus a few surprises

♫ Sunday, January 12 at 2 p.m. Percussionist Clara Warnaar

♫ Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Jazz Vocalist Kristen Lee Sergeant


Additional details to be announced soon.


The inaugural winter/spring 2013 mini-season featured two free Friday concerts at 7:30pm on Fridays: February 22 and May 3.

♪ LOCATION: 
286 Main St at the corner of Elmwood Ave, Chatham, NJ 07928
(click here for a link to detailed driving and mass transit directions)

Centrally located in the heart of Chatham Borough, Ogden is one block from Chatham’s train station with quick and frequent NYC service via NJ Transit. Interstate 78 and NJ 24 are very close as well as many of Chatham’s best restaurants and The Mall at Short Hills. In the evenings there is ample free parking in the vicinity of the church.

♪ CONTACT INFORMATION: 
(973) 635-5567 | concertsonmain@gmail.com
Casey Molino Dunn, Director of Music

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Centrally located in the heart of Chatham Borough, 286 Main Street at the corner of Elmwood Avenue, Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church is one block from Chatham’s train station with quick and frequent NYC service via NJ Transit.

Detailed driving and mass transit directions: http://bit.ly/OgdenDirections

Suggested NYC Trains for Friday night concerts:
Penn Station, NYC to Chatham
4:18 pm - 4:56 pm | Train #6641
4:45 pm - 5:30 pm | Train #6643
5:14 pm - 6:04 pm | Train #6647
5:43 pm - 6:30 pm | Train #6651
5:50 pm - 6:38 pm | Train #6653
6:20 pm - 7:07 pm | Train #6655
(all trains are DOVER bound trains)

Depart Chatham - Arrive Penn Station
8:58 pm - 9:54 pm   | Train #6674
9:59 pm - 10:58 pm | Train #6676 

A quick map of the best walking route from the Chatham Train Station.

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Interstate 78 and NJ 24 are very close as well as many of Chatham’s best restaurants and The Mall at Short Hills. In the evenings there is ample free parking in the vicinity of the church.

Suggested NYC Trains for Sunday afternoon concerts:
(all are invited to join us for 10am worship)
Penn Station, NYC to Chatham
depart NYC at :11 after each hour, arrive Chatham at :15
12:11 pm - 1:15 pm | Train #6923
11:11 am - 12:15 pm | Train #6921
10:11 am - 11:15 am | Train #6919
9:11 am - 10:15 am | Train #6917
8:11 am - 9:15 am | Train #6915
(all trains are DOVER bound trains)

Depart Chatham - Arrive Penn Station
3:35 pm - 4:39 pm   | Train #6928
4:35 pm - 5:41 pm | Train #6930

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past concert: March 14, 2014 »
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♫ March 14 / Fri / 7:30pm / freewill donation

Jazz Vocalist Kristen Lee Sergeant & Combo


The Moment Before: jazz standards and the stages that shaped them
Kristen Lee Sergeant, vocalist
Jon Weber, pianist
Chris Smith, bassist

an engaging program for listeners of all ages
standards, contemporary tunes, and a seasonal Irish surprise
plus the stories behind pieces by Rodgers & Hart, Loesser, Weill, and others 

Kristen Lee Sergeant: Never Will I Marry from Kristen Lee Sergeant on Vimeo.

Kristen Lee Sergeant is making a lasting impression in the jazz world as a singer of significant interpretive skill and musical talent. Her NYC highlights include performances at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Joe’s Pub, The Iridium, Zinc Bar, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She appears monthly at Tomi Jazz Club and regularly collaborates with both seasoned jazz masters and new stars such as David Budway, Ray Gallon, Jeb Patton, and Joris Teepe; for years she appeared as the singer for “Our Father Who Art Blakey,” a big band featuring exciting young talents led by former Jazz Messenger Valery Ponomarev. Noted cabaret artist Steve Ross shares that “Kristen has it all. She wins the audience with her poise, but poise doesn’t swing and Kristen, in addition to her musicianship, DOES swing! She brings heart and rhythm to whatever she performs.” Heralded as “especially entertaining”  (The Boston Globe), her theatrical background includes a range of work – from Gilbert & Sullivan to Jacques Brel and beyond – with the Huntington Theater Company, The York Theater Company, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Gallery Players, and as part of the NYC International Fringe Festival. Kristen originated the role of Nancy Kerrigan in “Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera” last appearing at the American Repertory Theater’s Club Oberon. She received praise from diverse media outlets including the Boston Herald and the Ice Network, plus appeared on CNN and in ESPN Magazine. Kristen earned a B.A. in Music from Brandeis University where she was awarded the Ira Gershwin prize. She has been a featured soloist for Sunday worship at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Pianist Jon Weber’s performances, compositions, and recordings have been received with critical and popular acclaim in the United States, Europe, India, Japan, and Australia. Praised for  “outstanding technique plus boundless imagination and enthusiasm,” (Jazz Journal International) his collaborators have included Dick Hyman, Cyrus Chestnut, and Bill Charlap; he has opened for Pat Metheny, Buddy Rich, Freddie Hubbard, and Stanley Turrentine. CNN, BET, CNBC, Bravo Arts, National Public Radio’s Piano Jazz with the late Marian McPartland, Voice of America, Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Birdland, The Blue Note, Lincoln Center, Sirius Jazz Radio and the BBC have profiled Jon’s unique musical depth and vast knowledge of his craft. In 2012 he began hosting an updated version of NPR’s popular Piano Jazz program, now called Piano Jazz with Jon Weber.

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About Concerts on Main: Free and open to all, hour-long performances are held in Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church’s historic and acoustically-engaging sanctuary. Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy stellar NJ and NYC professionals sharing a variety of musical genres. As needed, younger listeners can take advantage of a nearby indoor playspace during the concerts. Ogden is located a block from Chatham’s train station, with easy and fast NYC access; there is ample free parking in the vicinity of the church.

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past concert: Jan 12, 2014 »

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BACK TO THE SOURCE: 
a marimba travelogue through the ages
Clara Warnaar, percussion

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, Chatham’s Concerts on Main series continues with a free performance of BACK TO THE SOURCE: a marimba travelogue through the ages by percussionist Clara Warnaar at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church, 286 Main Street, Chatham, NJ.

Warnaar will share an interactive program for listeners of all ages highlighting the marimba’s presence in different ages and cultures – from early human history, including indigenous populations in Africa and South America, to its role in classical and contemporary music. The concert features recent works by Koppel, Ledroit, and Sukegawa, and Warnaar, plus pieces by Bach, Debussy, George Hamilton Green, Palestrina, Piazzolla, and Schumann specially arranged for marimba.

Percussionist/composer Clara Warnaar is known for her musical “wit and vitality” in playful performances that engage listeners’ curiosities. In addition to varied solo concerts, she is an active chamber musician and member of NYC’s Ensemble Mise-en, a contemporary group noted for its “eclectic, entertaining and often transcendent” programs. Ms. Warnaar’s recent credits also include collaborations with composer John Adams, Montréal’s renowned Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and the Manhattan Symphonie. Her summers have included festivals with So Percussion, the Banff Festival Orchestra, Steve Schick’s Roots and Rhizomes, Music X with eighth blackbird, and New Music at le Domaine Forget. Warnaar has received awards from the Eisenberg–Fried Competition, Montréal Symphony’s Standard Life Competition, and the Interlochen Arts Academy Concerto Competition. She is currently musician-in-residence at La Petite École, New York City’s only francophone preschool, and is also a newly appointed teaching artist with the non-profit Associated Solo Artists. She has studied with Erik Charlston, Christopher Lamb, Duncan Patton, and She-e Wu, plus, in Amsterdam, with members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. She recently completed her Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music where she received the Getty Foundation Scholarship. Part of a musical family with roots in Los Angeles and Canada, Clara now makes her home on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

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All photos by Tayla Nebesky.

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past concert: Nov 8, 2013 »

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Passion Two Ways:
Latin American & Baroque Flair

featuring Martha Cargo, flute & Miho Zaitsu, cello

freewill donation

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8Concerts on Main returns with a free performance by flutist Martha Cargo and cellist Miho Zaitsu. The duo will share “South American & Baroque FLAIR: Passion Two Ways,” a concert of interconnected works by Bach, Handel, Piazzolla, and Villa-Lobos; in addition to virtuosic playing, the performers will highlight musical links between these genres.

Two of NYC’s most in-demand players, Ms. Cargo and Ms. Zaitsu’s repertoire ranges from historical and jazz-influenced masterpieces to rhapsodic music by contemporary composers. Whether playing chamber music with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra or spearheading genre-bending ensembles, the duo’s performances have been lauded as engaging and consistently accessible. Their credits include performances at Carnegie Hall and other celebrated venues, multimedia spaces, as well as Chatham’s Ogden Memorial Presbyterian and other churches.

Free and open to all, the Concerts on Main series is a part of Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church’s mission to connect with the community. Hour-long performances are held approximately three times per year in the church’s historic and acoustically-engaging sanctuary. Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy stellar NJ and NYC professionals sharing a variety of musical genres.

The series continues on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2 p.m. with Percussionist Clara Warnaar and at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 14 with Jazz Vocalist Kristen Lee Sergeant and her combo. Ogden is located a block from Chatham’s train station, with easy and fast NYC access; in the evenings there is ample free parking in the vicinity of the church. As needed, younger listeners can take advantage of a nearby indoor playspace during the concerts.

MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Hailed by The New York Times as “excellent,” New York-based flutist Martha Cargo is committed to the integration of experimental music into various media, be it contemporary art, theater or dance. Equally at home as soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Cargo performs actively with Ensemble sans Maître, neoLIT, Ghost Ensemble, and Tempus Continuum and has collaborated with Erick Hawkins Dance Company and Synthesis Aesthetics Project, with whom she completed a residency at The Field in 2012. Ms. Cargo is dedicated to collaborating with young composers. Over the last year, she has commissioned and premiered solo works by Jonah Rosenberg, Yangzhi Ma, Anne Goldberg, and Mike Perdue, as well as numerous chamber works; she has also added her playing to services at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church. Upcoming appearances include performances at Triskelion Arts, The Cell Theatre, EYEBEAM, and Tenri Cultural Institute, among other alternative New York City venues. A graduate of Oberlin College’s double-degree program in Flute and Chemistry, she completed her Masters in Music at SUNY-Purchase and continued her studies in the Contemporary Program at Manhattan School of Music. Martha’s primary instructors include Michel Debost, Catherine Cantin (Paris), and Tara Helen O’Connor.

Cellist Miho Zaitsu is known for her thrilling performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent performances have included a recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Robert Moran’s Trinity Requiem for children’s chorus, four violoncelli and harp for the tenth anniversary of 9/11 at Trinity Church Wall Street. The premiere was released by Naxos to great acclaim and presented on over 450 radio stations around the world. A tour of Japan brought her to all of its major cities. In New York, she regularly performs at Lincoln Center, Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium and Weill Hall, Bargemusic, The Stone, Symphony Space, and the United Nations. Miho’s recent chamber music projects have included collaborations with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as the cellist of the Memling Ensemble, as well as the cellist of Trio Felice. She started her musical studies in voice at the age of eight, studying with Margaret Schaper, voice chair of USC. She began cello at the age of sixteen with Yehuda Hanani and eventually earned a Bachelor of Music at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She spent one year abroad at the Royal Academy of Music (London) and continued her studies with Lynn Harrell at Rice University, earning a Masters of Music. Miho currently resides in New York City where she is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying with Marcy Rosen. Her dissertation is a critical edition and study of Anton Arensky’s String Quartet in A Minor. She has performed with the Paragon Orchestra and String Orchestra of New York City throughout the country. She is the director of NESTStrings, a strings and chamber music program at NEST+m and founding director of Interplay Chamber Music. During the summer, she is on faculty at the Blue Mountain Chamber Music Festival at Franklin and Marshall College and the New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta. 

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past concert: May 3, 2013 »

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LINKS  pianist Chris Ziemba (left)   | bassist Dave Baron (right)
drummer Kevin McDonald (center) The Trio on facebook

Friday, May 3, 2013 @ 7:30pm
Ziemba Baron McDonald aka Trio Slaye 


“…the best in modern jazz…collective drive is what makes this great trio so much fun to hear.” -Walt Weiskopf, noted saxophonist, composer, and author

Comprised of pianist Chris Ziembabassist Dave Baron, and drummer Kevin McDonald, some of the most in-demand young players on NYC’s jazz scene, the Ziemba Baron McDonald Trio is at home in a range of styles — from intricate, contrapuntal original works to lyrical arrangements from the American Songbooks. Since releasing Take the Slaye Train in 2011, they have performed at (le) poisson rouge, The Lotos Club, Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall’s Professional Training Workshops, Music for a Great Space, and made their philharmonic debut with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. 

On May 3, 2013 the Trio shared a program highlighting the breadth of the jazz canon — from relaxing and soulful ballads to dynamic, driving uptempo standards. A special focus included the Sounds of Harlem: Past & Present as well as original tunes.

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past concert: Feb 22, 2013 »
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An Evening of Arias, Art Songs and Musical Theatre
including Finzi’s Let Us Garlands Bring,
selections from Schumann’s Dichterliebe,
Rodgers and Hammerstein, plus contemporary & original pieces
CASEY MOLINO DUNN, baritone with Tony Bellomy, piano
 
Fri Feb 22, 2013 @ 7:30pm
Opening Concert on Main

Casey Molino Dunn has performed at Lincoln Center, Off-Broadway, with NYC’s Dicapo Opera, plus in Italy and China. Active as a singer, actor, and keyboardist, he is also the Director of Music at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church.  In the spring of 2013 he joins New York City Opera as an Associate Chorister for their production of Moses in Egypt. For more details about Casey, please visit www.caseymolinodunn.com.


Tony Bellomy 
Pianist Tony Bellomy frequently collaborates with noted singers and opera companies. He is the Associate Conductor for the Grace Choral Society of New York. 

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