Music At Noon: Patricia Lazzara & Kristy Chmura, Dec. 4 in Morristown

'A Midwinter's Daydream,' at the Morristown United Methodist Church.
'A Midwinter's Daydream,' at the Morristown United Methodist Church.
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Patricia Lazzara & Kristy Chmura
Patricia Lazzara & Kristy Chmura

Music At Noon, the concert series sponsored by Music@MUMC, begins its 35th Anniversary season with a concert on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, entitled “A Midwinter’s Daydream” featuring Patricia Lazarra, flute and Kristy Chmura, harp.

The 30-minute concert, which begins at 12:15 pm, will feature arrangements of Christmas tunes.  The concert will be held in the sanctuary of the Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place (on the Green).

A light luncheon available for purchase before or after the concert (11:30 am to 1:30 pm).  The cost of the luncheon is $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.  The December concerts are free to the public as a gift to the community.  Free childcare is available during the concert.  The sanctuary is handicapped accessible.

Patricia Lazzara, flutist, has distinguished herself as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She is a three time winner of the Artists International competition in New York City and gave her critically acclaimed New York recital debut at Cami Hall. She has performed as soloist for the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir and won first prize in the North Jersey Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Ms. Lazzara is a Miyazawa Flute Artist, (www.miyazawa.com), is the 2007 Winner of the Florida Flute Association Performers Grant for Advanced Study, presently studying with Keith Underwood and currently is a Twinz Records Recording Artist. Ms. Lazzara has released two  CDs for flute and harp entitled “Enchanted Love” and “Celestial Sounds of Christmas”.

Ms. Lazzara had the distinct honor of being the flute soloist for the Papal Visit to Giants Stadium in 1995 and is the Events coordinator of the New Jersey Flute Society. She is principal flutist with the Gateway Classical Music Society and the NJ State Opera and she also performs with the Garden State Philharmonic.   She attended Carnegie Mellon University and received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Hartt School of Music where she studied with John Wion, has appeared in master classes with Jean Pierre Rampal, Thomas Nyfenger, Robert Stallman, Trevor Wye and has coached with Jeanne Baxtresser, Michael Parloff and Bart Feller. She also studied with Paige Brook and David Williams. Ms. Lazzara is the Executive Director of “Music for Life”, a successful musical instruction program in parochial schools, is on the faculty of the Rockland Conservatory of Music and Ackerman’s Music Center in addition to full studio of private students.

Northern New Jersey resident, Kristy L Chmura is a full-time professional harpist, vocalist, and songwriter. Ms. Chmura has been playing the harp for over 20 years. Kristy has studied harp under the instruction of Merynda Adams, and continues to study the harp with Mr. Andre Tarantiles. Ms. Chmura has earned a Bachelor of Music for harp performance from The College of New Jersey, and has also earned credits toward her Masters in Music performance from Montclair State University at the John J. Cali School of Music.

Ms. Chmura’s musical versatility is evident when she performs her own original music as a singer/songwriter for her trio “double-breasted”, with whom she has produced and released two CD’s and a Holiday single. All are available for purchase online at www.doublebreastedmusic.com

Ms. Chmura has been teaching harp lessons for over ten years in her private studio.

In conjunction with being a full-time professional harpist, Ms. Chmura is also a principal singer in a professional dance band that works through her entertainment agency, Sumar Entertainment, in which she co-owns and operates with her husband.

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

For further information: 973-538-2132 or www.morristownumc.com

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