**Concert has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a future date. **
On Sunday January 24th at 3P.M the Phelps Mansion Museum will present “Let A New Light Awaken your Heart” with Pej Rietz (pianist), Timothy Perry (Clarinet), and Ivy Walz (Mezzo-Soprano).
**Please note this will be an online event only**
There is no cost to watch online – we will go live from our Facebook page a few minutes before 3 pm.
Mozart: “Parto, parto” from La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621
Schubert: The Shepherd on the Rock, D. 965
Paul Jeanjean: Andantino and Scherzo Brillante
Gwyneth Walker: “Circling the sun” from The Sun is Love
Jean Berger: “Heart”
Florence Price: “The Heart of a Woman”
Uzee Brown, Jr.: “I Dream a World”
Arr. Moses Hogan: “Deep River”
Please note that all COVID-19 Safety precautions will be in place to assure a safe and accessible performance.
Pej Reitz, pianist, is a native of the Binghamton Area. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance with accompanying emphasis. She attended Boston University, New England Conservatory and Binghamton University. She has studied piano with Jean Casadesus, Victor Rosenbaum, Seymour Fink and Walter Ponce and accompanying with Allen Rogers. She has accompanied throughout the United States, in England, South America, Spain and at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, establishing herself as an expert collaborator in the repertoire of instrumental and vocal accompanying.
With clarinetist Timothy Perry she was a winner of the Artistic Ambassadors Program run by the United States Information Agency in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and has performed in recital at International Clarinet Association conferences in Belgium and Japan. She has been a guest chamber music artist in Morges, Switzerland, and was an official pianist at the International Double Reed Competition and Convention at Ithaca College after which appearance she was invited to play at the IDRS Convention in Birmingham, England with the Glickman Ensemble and to perform as pianist for the Glickman/Poplin Festival in North Carolina.
In the vocal sphere, Ms. Reitz was selected to accompany at the Interpretation of Spanish Music in conjunction with University of Madrid in Grenada, Spain coached by Teresa Berganza. She has been a Guest Artist in Granada, Spain, accompanied the Barcelona Song Festival and was a guest artist in Madrid. She was a guest artist performing at the International Gilbert and Sullivan festival in Harrogate, England, performed at the National Opera Center in NYC, was selected to perform at the Newport Music Festival for two seasons. She also was selected to attend the Accompanying Workshop for Singers and Pianists held at Northwestern University with Chicago Lyric Opera Faculty and Coaches.
Locally, she has served as official accompanist for several prestigious competitions (MTNA State and Eastern Division Competition, Ithaca College). She was a guest artist on the Cornell Summer Series, performed on the Firehouse Stage, the OSFL series in Elmira, the Union College Series and at the Rockwell Museum in Corning. She performs regularly on Binghamton University Department of Music concerts throughout the academic year.
She is currently on the faculty at Binghamton University, the Ithaca College School of Music and SUNY Broome. She is a member of the New York District MTNA organization, serves as the Treasurer of the local District VII Music Teachers Association and is an active adjudicator for the National Piano Guild.
Clarinetist and Conductor Timothy Perry, Professor Emeritus of Music, served thirty-three years as Director of Orchestral Activities and Instructor of Clarinet and Instrumental Conducting at Binghamton University. In addition to directing more than three hundred concert programs by the University Symphony Orchestra, University Chamber Orchestra and University String Orchestra during his tenure. Dr. Perry also conducted ninety programs of the University Wind Ensemble between 1986 and 2004, led several of the initial performances of the Binghamton University Opera program, and served as Music Director and Conductor for collaborative international stage productions of West Side Story and The Three-penny Opera. Organized by the Binghamton University Theater Department in cooperation with DUOC-Apoquindo and Escuela ‘Projazz’, these remarkable productions were produced in both Binghamton and in Santiago, Chile with bi-national casts, crews, orchestras and directors.
Working with longtime Anderson Center Artistic Director Floyd Herzog, Dr. Perry spent a decade leading special concerts as part of a series of international academic and artistic festivals at Binghamton University. Co-sponsored by the British Council, he began with a series of New Music concerts performing music by composers from Northern Ireland. Two years later Dr Perry led the BUSO in concerts with Scottish Festival composers James MacMillan and Edward McGuire in a concert that showcased principal dancers from the Scottish National Ballet. The Greek Ministry of Culture contributed to a ‘Galaxy of Stars’ with Piano, Violin and Vocal soloists from Greece who gave thrilling performances backed by the BUSO. Finally, Perry was honored in 2010 to follow the Juilliard School as conductor of only the second college-level orchestra in live performance with New York’s famous Paul Taylor Dance Company, a collaboration encored with a second successful program in 2012 that contributed to the PTDC’s decision to return to live orchestral performances as it moved its season to Lincoln Center.
Ever cognizant of his deep musical connections to our community, Dr. Perry had the great honor and pleasure of directing fifteen seasons of the Binghamton Community Orchestra where he established its series of outstanding Youth Soloist performances in concert with the Southern Tier Music Teachers’ Association. His regional guest conducting appearances included numerous school music festivals as well as two appearances leading the Binghamton Philharmonic and four concerts leading Oneonta’s Catskill Symphony Orchestra. He conducted a production of The Pirates of Penzance with the Binghamton Savoyards and a run of Kiss Me, Kate for Oneonta’s Orpheus Theater.
Dr. Perry is well-known by members of the world’s Clarinet fraternity as an outstanding concerto soloist, orchestra player, chamber musician and solo recitalist. After being selected by audition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. along with his collaborator, pianist Margaret Reitz, he served as a United States Musical Ambassador for a 36-concert Department of State tour in Latin American and the Caribbean. He has been selected to perform at the World Congress of the International Clarinet Association in Paris, France and Tama (Tokyo), Japan and has presented award-winning lecture recitals at ICA conferences in Oostende, Belgium, and Orlando, Florida. He performs today on a rare Yamaha ‘856’, a Custom Reform-bore Clarinet in B-flat (German bore, French key system) developed by Yamahaclarinet designer Tomoji Hirakata and a custom Basset Clarinet in A built for him by Stephen Fox of Toronto, Canada based on a Buffet model R-13.
Dr. Perry resides in Binghamton with his wife, Dr. Ute St. Clair.
Ivy Walz enjoys an enriching career as a concert and recital singer, an opera & musical theater performer, and as a dedicated vocal educator. Possessing a deep love of the art song recital as a medium for expressing musically and artistically, and a passion for giving voice to social justice issues, she has cultivated a diverse array of programs and collaborations. Recent invited performances and collaborations include Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, SongFest, Cincinnati Song Initiative, Denver Art Song Project, Leo Kestenberg Musikschule in Berlin, Germany, Middlebury Song Fest, and Civic Morning Musicals.
An avid concert soloist, Ivy has performed a variety of repertoire with choruses and orchestras, including Symphoria Syracuse, Binghamton Philharmonic, Akron Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and Sacketts Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble. As an experienced opera artist, she has appeared with Cincinnati Opera, Syracuse Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Spoleto Festival, Opera Ithaca, Tri-Cities Opera, Resonance Works and Society for New Music.
Ivy was a finalist for the American Prize, Women in Art Song in 2019. She holds degrees from Ithaca College (BM, MM) and the DMA from the College Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati.
Currently Ivy is an Associate Professor of voice at Ithaca College School of Music, serving as its Interim Assistant Dean.