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Support CVM this #GivingTuesday

As December approaches we hope that you will take a moment on #GivingTuesday to reflect on the amazing work done by your favorite non-profits. In 2017, Con Vivo Music continued to present truly unique chamber music to hundreds of listeners in Jersey City, including:

    -an Earth Day celebration with music inspired by Henry David Thoreau
    -a portrait concert of French composer Claude Debussy
    our Bach Concert (with a voice, oboe, string quintet, and harpsichord)
    -a program of stunning socio-political compositions presented at City Hall
    -a string quartet concert of cutting edge composers (including JC’s own)
    -plus performances at the JCAST Kick-Off and other local events

Best of all, these performances were entirely free for our audience. We take great pride in this mission, but it is only possible with the generous support of donors like you. We hope that you will make a tax-deductible donation to support classical music in Jersey City today!

Thank you from everyone at Con Vivo Music!

May 6 – Debussy Portrait Concert

CVM presents a pause to Saturday afternoon with an intimate concert celebrating the work of French Impressionist composer Claude Debussy, featuring music for voice, violin, saxophone, and piano.

Debussy is one of the earliest pioneers of Western music crafted from non-traditional tonalities and World Music influences. From his earliest studies, his urge for musical rebellion became the major theme of his creative output, leading him to develop a unique voice that is both consummately beautiful as well as unceasingly refreshing. His artistic philosophy and aesthetic were indelibly linked to those of the Impressionist and Symbolist artists, through the sense of community they built together as they redefined the boundaries of their respective crafts, including Claude Monet, and the symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé, both of whom were also close friends with Debussy as well as collaborators. While early criticism of the Impressionists was brutally harsh on the whole, their artistic movement led the Western arts profoundly into the 20th century, and supported the environmental conditions that enabled Debussy to thrive in his musical output. Honoring his contribution to the French arts, he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903.

Con Vivo Music – Debussy Portrait Concert
FREE, all ages welcome
Saturday, May 6, 2017 @ 2:30pm-3:30pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ

Claude Debussy – 3 Chansons des Bilitis for mezzo-soprano voice and piano
Claude Debussy – Rapsodie for alto saxophone and piano
Claude Debussy – Violin Sonata in G minor, L 140 for violin and piano
Claude Debussy – Syrinx for flute, arr. for saxophone by Zach Herchen
and select works for solo piano

Performed by Sarah Nelson Craft (mezzo-soprano voice), Elena Chernova-Davis (violin), Zach Herchen (saxophone), and Paul Vasile (piano).

Sponsored by The Barrow Mansion Development Corporation.

Con Vivo Music’s 2017 Season is sponsored by SILVERMAN.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Happy Holidays and Spring Gala on April 8

2016 Was a Blast for Con Vivo

Over the past 12 months, we performed 11 free concerts across Jersey City, bringing the highest quality chamber music to our vibrant communities. Here are a few highlights:

  • Kids Show about improvisation with Toomai String Quintet
  • a celebration of American art songs for the 4th of July
  • the first grand piano performance at Groove on Grove
  • portrait concert of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu
  • special JC Fridays performance in the Heights with The Statuary
  • performance at the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour Kickoff Party alongside major Jersey City performing organizations
  • April 8, 2017: Save the Date for Our Spring Gala

    CVM is moving our annual fundraiser to the spring! Join us on April 8 at Barrow Mansion to kick off and help support our 2017 concert season. We will celebrate our mission of bringing the communal spirit of chamber music to Jersey City through free concerts!

    Support Con Vivo Music

    CVM is fortunate to be able to provide free chamber music concerts to hundreds of Jersey City residents each year. This is possible only through the generous support of people like you. As we come to the close of 2016, we ask that you consider making a year-end donation to help CVM continue our mission. Because Con Vivo Music is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

    Support CVM With a Year-End Donation

    Your Con Vivo

    What do love about Con Vivo? How did you join our family? We’re working to expand our programming and impact next year, and your stories can help propel us forward. Send us an email and tell us your Con Vivo story.

    From everyone at CVM, happy holidays to you and your family! We look forward to creating wonderful music for you in 2017!

    -Zach Herchen (artistic director) and Benjamin Litman (board president)

    #Giving Tuesday!

    CVM 2016 Events

    Today is #GivingTuesday! Here at CVM we hope that you will join in the spirit and celebrate our 2016 concerts with a donation today. Your annual support helps Con Vivo continue our mission to provide world-class chamber music in Jersey City through free concerts open to all.

    This past year we performed 12 free concerts and reached over 700 listeners in Jersey City. Our 2016 events included a celebration of American art song, a production of Handel’s Messiah, a kids show about improvisation, a portrait concert of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, plus concerts on JC Fridays, the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour, Groove on Grove, and the Annual Cultural Diversity Festival.

    CVM relies on the generous support of our community to produce these concerts and we hope that you will make a donation today! Con Vivo Music is a federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means that your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

    Make a Donation Today

    Securely donate using the button above or mail a donation check (payable to Con Vivo Music) to:
    Con Vivo Music
    221 Montgomery Street Apt 1
    Jersey City, NJ 07302

    Thank You for Your Support

    CVM 2014 Gala

    We’d like to thank all of you for your support at our Gala fundraiser. It is always a pleasure to perform for our audience in Jersey City. Much of what we do would not be possible without your generous support. Thank you!

    If you missed our fundraiser and would like to support our mission of free chamber music events in Jersey City, you can make a donation over at our donation page. Con Vivo Music is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations to us are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

    July 23rd Groove on Grove Show


    Con Vivo is super excited to bring a 2 hour show to Groove on Grove later this month! We’ve got an amazing new electric guitar piece, music based on glaciers, and a repeat performance of Tierkreis. It’s our biggest event yet and we hope to see you there!

    Groove on Grove
    Wed July 23, 6-8pm
    more details at our event page

    6-7pm Set
    Stone Guitars by Richard Carrick – 11 movements of densely layered electric guitars described as nostalgic, raw, direct, meditative, bold, evocative, and micro-tonally dense
    (available on iTunes)

    7-8pm Set
    Cascades by Erik DeLuca – a meditative piece based on a month-long audio recording of a glacier
    Tierkreis by Karlheinz Stockhausen – we reprise our performance of this epic semi-improvised piece based on the 12 zodiac signs!

    Zach Herchen – woodwinds
    Mazz Swift – violin with effects
    Dan Lippel – electric guitar
    Richard Carrick – electric guitar
    Stephanie Richards – trumpet
    Jason Belcher – trombone
    Mike Sperone – glockenspiel and hand percussion

    Solo, Duo, Trio this Sunday

    FREE, all ages welcome
    Sunday, June 29, 7pm
    The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne St., downtown Jersey City
    The music of Beecher, Bittova, Burhans, Clarke, Steinke and Tompson

    Con Vivo Music wraps up our June mini-festival this Sunday with Solo Duo Trio: a concert of music by Caroline Shaw, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Composition, Con Vivo’s 2011 and 2013 Composition Competition Winners Lembit Beecher and Greg Steinke, Caleb Burhans, Iva Bittova, Randall Tompson and Rebecca Clarke. Con Vivo’s founding director, violist Amelia Hollander Ames, will return from Boston to play with friends Karisa Werdon on oboe and Nicholas Gallas on clarinet.

    Bach Concert and CD Release!


    This Sunday, Con Vivo presents our 5th Annual Bach Concert! We’ve got a great program lined up, plus we will be officially releasing our Kickstarter funded album “Modern Dances”. We hope to see you there!

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    FREE – 5th Annual Bach Concert
    Sunday, June 8 @ 7:30pm
    Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne St, Jersey City, NJ

    JS Bach: Ergieße dich reichlich, du göttliche Quelle, from the cantata Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 5
    JS Bach: Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008
    JS Bach: Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-flat major, BWV 998
    JS Bach: Sonata No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028
    JS Bach: Trio Sonata in C major, BWV 1037

    Performed by:
    Amelia Hollander Ames – viola
    Jing Li – cello
    Dan Lippel – guitar
    Zach Herchen – saxophone