Thursday, January 12, 2012

Harold Jones & Antara Ensemble Perform Works of William Foster McDaniel, Adolphus Hailstork & William Grant Still Feb. 5, NYC

[ABOVE: Lil' Lite O' Mine; Harold Jones (flute) and Colette Valentine (piano); Leonarda 355 (2005) BELOW: William Foster McDaniel] features Adolphus C. Hailstork and William Grant Still, whose works are on the program of the Antara Ensemble.

Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church
2065 Fifth Avenue at 127th St., NYC

Works by McDaniel, Quantz, Still, Hindemith, Hailstork & Suk

The 14-member Antara Ensemble will be led in concert by its music director, conductor/flutist Harold Jones, on Sunday, February 5 at 2:30 p.m., at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2065 Fifth Avenue (127th Street), New York City. The program will include William Foster McDaniel’s Preludium e Fughetta; Johann Joachim Quantz’s Concerto in G Major (with Harold Jones as flutist and William Foster McDaniel as guest conductor); William Grant Still’s Danzas de Panama; Paul Hindemith’s Trauermusik (with violist Orlando Wells as soloist); Adolphus Hailstork’s Essay for Strings; and Josef Suk’s Serenade for String Orchestra.

Tickets are $25; seniors (62 and over) and students $20. For information and reservations: (212) 866-2545.

The ANTARA ENSEMBLE, now in its 18th season, was formed by Harold Jones to bring quality classical music at affordable prices to the culturally diverse neighborhoods of New York. The group performs a repertoire spanning centuries and including works by American, African-American, European and Third World composers.

A native of Chicago, HAROLD JONES has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Tully Hall, CAMI Hall and other New York venues, Jordan Hall in Boston, and throughout the U.S., Europe and Taiwan. He has performed as flute soloist with The Bach Aria Orchestra, American Symphony, New York Sinfonietta, Brooklyn Philharmonia, National Orchestral Association, and is on the faculties of the Westchester Conservatory of Music and Manhattanville College. His recordings on the Antara label include two LPs and three CDs: “Let Us Break Bread Together”, “Just As I Am” and “Lil’ Lite O’ Mine”.

Composer/conductor WILLIAM FOSTER McDANIEL received a Master of Music degree from Boston University; he also studied as a Fulbright Scholar with Jacques Fevrier in Paris. In musical theater, Mr. McDaniel has served as conductor for the Broadway and National Touring companies of Ain’t Misbehavin’, Timbuktu, Bubbling Brown Sugar and off-Broadway’s The Fantasticks. His larger works have been performed by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, New Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles. He appears frequently as a soloist and chamber musician.

A native of Orange, New Jersey, ORLANDO WELLS began studying the violin at the age of 9 and viola at 15, later attending SUNY at Purchase, and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers. He has performed in many of the top orchestras in the New York area as a principal and as soloist.

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