Three breaths of fresh air: The City Winds Trio, Feb. 9 in Morristown


Abendmusik, the concert series sponsored by Music At Morristown United Methodist Church, continues its 2012-2013 season with a concert on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 7:30 pm featuring City Winds Trio.

The trio is comprised of Crispian Fordham on flute; Meredyth Coleman on oboe and Jack Bender on piano.  The concert will feature music by Telemann, Ibert, and William Grant Still, among others.

There is a suggested donation of $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens.  Advance tickets are available ($17 adults/$12 seniors) by telephoning the church office 973-538-2132.  Students with ID are admitted free.

The concert will be presented at the church, at 50 Park Place, on the Green, in Morristown.  Our facilities are handicapped accessible.  A reception will follow the concert.  Please visit our website for more information:

Crispian Fordham, flute, originally from London, England, has performed with the City Winds Trio since 2001. Crispian has also performed on both flute and piccolo with the Park Avenue Chamber Players, London Festival Players and many more. He has performed many solo and chamber music performances in concert halls such as: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall and the United Nations. Also Crispian attended the Aspen Music Festival as a full Scholarship fellow. In 2001 he won the award of excellence in Performance from the Mannes College of Music. In 2008, he was the Flutist for the new musical Midnight Madness, with the part specifically written for him by composer Jack Bender. Midnight Madness premiered in NYC as part of the New York Musical Theater Festival in September of 2008 at the Alvin Ailey Theater. In 2008, Crispian toured Florida with the Gold Coast Opera Company for their productions of Tosca and Madame Butterfly. Crispian Fordham has a BA (Mannes College of Music) and a Masters Degree (Mannes College of Music) in Music Performance on flute. He has studied with Keith Underwood and Nadine Asin.

Meredyth Coleman, oboe, is originally from Kansas City has been the oboist for City Winds Trio since 2001. She started her music career first on the violin starting Suzuki violin at 22 months old. While ages four and five Coleman performed violin on Kansas City Local Television and a concert with Dr. Suzuki.  Meredyth continued violin until the age of 11 and started oboe at age 10. At the age of 15 Meredyth was appointed Associate Principle Oboe of the Northland Symphony, her first professional orchestral position. She has performed with ensembles such as: the Emerson String Quartet, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Illini Symphony Orchestra, Arcady Music Festival Orchestra, Gold Coast Opera Company and many more Symphonies throughout the East Coast. She can also be heard as the oboist for Lidia’s Italy Television show currently airing on PBS. In 2000 Meredyth fell in love with chamber music while performing the Mozart Oboe Quartet with the Emerson String Quartet. In the fall of 2008 she performed the Marcello Oboe Concert with the Chamber Orchestra of Christ Church of Pelham. In 2008 she toured Florida to performed Principle Oboe with the Gold Coast Operas production of Madame Butterfly. Also in 2008 Meredyth was the Oboist for the new musical Midnight Madness, with the part specifically written for her by composer Jack Bender. Midnight Madness premiered in NYC as part of the New York Musical Theater Festival in September of 2008 at the Alvin Ailey Theater. Meredyth has also won numerous awards including: Emerson String Quartet Top Prize and Best of Chamber Music Award from the Hartt School of Music. In her Symphonic Performances Meredyth has worked under such conductors as: Kurt Masur, Maxim Shostakovich, Jo Ann Falletta. Mrs. Coleman has a BA (Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and Masters Degree (Hartt School of Music) in Music Performance on Oboe. She also has a Professional Studies Performance Diploma (Mannes College of Music) on English horn.  Her teachers include Marion Arthur Kuszyk, Humbert Lucarelli, Nancy King and Ronald Roseman on oboe and Thomas Stacy on English horn.

A resident of New Brunswick, Jack Bender is a freelance musician with many years of experience in musical theatre. He served as a vocal and music director for the Talent Time Players of Bloomfield for nine years and has worked closely with his friend and colleague Ilene Greenbaum for 5 years. Jack received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers’s University in 2003 and he was choral director of Bloomfield High School for three years. He has several projects in the working including a new musical he co-wrote with Cynthia Meryl.  He also has been assistant Music Director for the New Jersey Youth Theatre for the past three years. Jack  composed and orchestrated the music for the new musical, Midnight Madness, which debuted in August at the New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts. Midnight Madness performed in September at the Alvin Ailey Theater in NYC.

Funding has been made possible, in part, by Morris Arts (formerly the Arts Council of the Morris Area) through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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