The Long Island Composers Alliance and the Namaste Clarinet Quintet of Perugia, Italy have joined together for a series of concerts in early January 2023 titled “American Renaissance,” featuring innovative new works from contemporary composers living and working on Long Island, including two concerts on the North Fork.

The North Fork concerts will be held Saturday, Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Floyd Memorial Library, 539 First Street in Greenport, and Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Southold Free Library, 53705 Main Road, Southold. 

A third concert on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 at 7 p.m. at the South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 228 South Ocean Ave. in Freeport includes a holiday party at 6 p.m. sponsored by The Long Island Composers Alliance. All three concerts are free and open to the public.

The Namaste Quintet is organized by renowned clarinetist Guido Arbonelli, a longtime promoter of the contemporary clarinet repertoire. The quintet features many of his accomplished students and alumni from Italian conservatories. This touring group includes Natalia Benedetti, Mattia Rellini, Letizia Rossi and Valentina Betti Sorbelli, all accomplished performers who play various types of clarinets. 

“Contemporary music is the encounter between two minds: one of the composer and one of the performer,” says Mr. Arbonelli. “By this encounter, both are embarking on a journey of research and curiosity toward new  sounds. Namaste Clarinet Quintet wants to present these new compositions, written and dedicated especially for them.”

Since 1972 the Long Island Composers Alliance has worked to promote composers living and working on Long Island, and to bring their works to new audiences. In recent years they have collaborated with Mr. Arbonelli to bring the works of composers from New York to Italy. Now, Mr. Arbonelli is bringing their works back to an audience closer to home.

The Long Island composers whose works will be featured in these concerts include Marga Richter, Dana Richardson, Jay Anthony Gach, Catherine Neville, George Cork Maul and Edward Smaldone.

“As the world reopens, new trends in music emerge,” said LICA concert manager George Cork Maul, a composer working on the North Fork. “We hope this collaboration is the beginning of something new.”

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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