Salon Concerts


All concerts take place in St. Cecilia's music room adjoining the Beatrix Farrand garden
Sundays at 3pm -  Tickets $25 
Champagne reception follows
Seating is limited.  To purchase tickets please click on the links below each concert, 

or send a check to Promisek, PO Box 424, Bridgewater CT 06752.
call: 860.488.0556 e-mail:

Promisek Salon Concerts

May 12, 2019

Vivian Choi (piano) & Friends

Robyn Bollinger, violin

Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello

Gary Gorczyca, clarinet

June 10, 2019

Leah Kim, violin

Jim Correnti, piano


October 14, 2018
Margarita Nuller, Piano

April 29, 2018
FaReLa Duo
Pi-Hsun, piano
Tanya Anisimova
Music by Bach, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Anisimova

June 10, 2018
Neave Trio

Music for Violin, Cello, & Piano by Debussy, Piazolla, Thomas and Shostakovich

July 12-15, 2018
Aug. 16-19, 2018
Promisek Summer Bach Workshops
A celebration of solo string music by Bach
Continuing Promisek's series of Bach workshops, directed by violinist Katie Lansdale,
an array of Bach's solo string music will be performed by professional and
developing pre-professional students, ages 15-70

Concerts: Sunday at 3pm, July 15 and August 19
Katie  Lansdale, violinist and director

Special premiere performance:
The August 19 concert will feature a piece especially commissioned for Promisek.
Participants will premier In this time, in this place, a new work composed expressly for Promisek by composer Ken Steen, 
composition professor at the Hartt School and a longtime associate and friend of the Promisek community.

January 11-14, 2018

Promisek Bach workshop: 
Violinist Katie Lansdale returns to direct a 4 day workshop of string players 
from near and far, exploring and polishing performances of solo string music by JS Bach.
3 pm, Sunday Jan.14, St Cecelia Music Room:
Join Lansdale and the workshop performers in a concert delving into the mind of J.S Bach. 
Performers will also present a resonant large ensemble Baroque piece, in " surround sound "formation, standing around the audience. 

October 15, 2017
Katie Lansdale, violin
Max Levinson, piano

 Music by Bach, Brahms, Ravel, Lizst-Wagner

May 14, 2017
Vivian Choi, piano
Music by Messiaen and Liszt 
June 11, 2017 
Catherine Thorpe (soprano) and Christopher Ladd (guitar) 
¡Ole! Music of Spain by Tor, Rodrigo, De Falla, Albeniz, and Sainz de la Maza 

October 23, 2016
La Croix Quartet 
Music for string quarter by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Turina
Haydn, String Quartet in C Major, Op. 33, No. 3 (“The Bird”)
Shostakovich, String Quartet in F Major, Op. 73
Turina, La Oración del Torero (The Bullfighter’s Prayer)

June 12, 2016

Margarita Nuller, Piano
Music of Bach, Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Debussy

May 15, 2016

Adaskin String Trio
Emlyn Ngai, Violin
Steve Larson, Viola
Mark Fraser, Cello
Trios by Beethoven, Michael White, and
Gideon Klein (Trio "Teresin 1944")

We are honored to present a concert of richly interesting and unusual music on May 15th.  The Adaskin String Trio has included Beethoven's wonderful Trio in D Major and have folded that into a program featuring music representing Jewish culture and spirituality:two short works by Juilliard composer Michael White: a Sephardic Life and songs of my People; and Gideon Klein's "Trio for Violin, viola and Cello", written at the Terezin concentration camp in 1944, a work amazingly full of life in the face of adversity.  This is music bound to be deeply rewarding, which we are not likely to hear anywhere else soon.

November 8, 2015
Farela Duo
Tanya Anisimova, Cello
Pi-Hsun Shih, Piano

Music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and others

June 14, 2015
Krosnick-Phelps Duo: 
Gwen Krosnick, Cello & Emely Phelps, Piano

This year our season finishes with a crescendo as the Krosnick-Phelps Duo joins us Sunday, June 14 at 3:00 PM. Gwen Krosnick and Emily Phelps are members of a brilliant ensemble, the Trio Cleonice, that is making a name for itself; when we communicated with them last year they had just arrived back from China where they received Second Prize in the chamber music division of the Schoenfeld International String Competition, this shortly after they made their European debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Back home they perform throughout the United States and give annual recitals in Boston's Jordan Hall. 

The Duo will play an interesting and varied concert for us, with pieces by Mendelssohn, Elliot Carter, Beethoven and Poulenc, rendered we are sure with their customary precision and energy.  

May 3, 2015
"Turning Point"
Small choral group from Eastern University, directed by Ronald Matthews

On May 4 we shall have, for the first time, a  performance by a chamber choir, Turning Point!, 
from Eastern University in Phiiladelphia, conducted by Ron Matthews, who performed for us
in  June 2013 as pianist with violinist Leah Kim.  These accomplished and exciting young singers,
who give many concerts on tour every year, will present a lively program of choral music of very 
different kinds: pop, jazz, church, and classical.   

January 18, 2015 
A celebration of solo string music by Bach

Continuing Promisek's series of Bach workshops, directed by violinist Katie Lansdale,
an array of Bach's solo string music will be performed by professional and
developing pre-professional students, ages 15-70

November 16, 2014 

Charles Abramovic, pianist.

Our 8th season opens with pianist Charles Abramovic in an exciting and diverse program based on
the key and pitch of "A".  It will include the Musica Ricercata #1 by Gyorgy Ligeti; a selection from
Debussy's Preludes, Book I; Schubert's Sonata in A Major, d. 959; Prokfiev's Sonata No. 6 in A Major,
Opus 82.  Abramovic has won critical acclaim in both the United States and Europe for his performances
as solo recitalist, soloist with orchestras, and chamber musician.  He is a graduate of the
Peabody Conservatory and the Curtis Institute, and teaches at Temple University. 

August 17, 2014
A celebration of solo string music by j.s. bach
in conjunction with promisek's two summer bach workshops, directed by violinist katie lansdale, 
an array of bach's solo string music will be performed by
professional and developing pre-professional students, ages 15-70

 June 1, 2014
Guido's Ear Baroque Ensemble
  Dongmyung Ahn, Aaron Brown, and Christa Patton

 Medieval dances and polyphony (and maybe a little bit of Renaissance too) for two rebecs and harp with various wind instruments. This dynamic ensemble brings a lively overview of the type of repertoire rebecs  would have been involved in from the 13th - 16th centuries. 

May 4, 2014 

Katie Lansdale, violin  with Wei-Yi Yang, piano 
Bach, Stravinsky and Janacek. Three powerful pieces – the Bach Cantabile is reflective and intricate; the Janacek Sonata combines the sweet Czech-nationalist nostalgia with the powerful emotions reacting to war; the Stravinsky Divertimento, a rewriting of his ballet the Fairy's Kiss, lifts Tchaikovsky's tunes to a height of wit and gesture, almost to cabaret--even without dancers in the room. 

November 17, 2013

 Catherine Thorpe, soprano and John Daniecki, tenor   with Cristina Stanescu, piano
“He Said, She Said.”
 A delightful romp through the repertoire from old masters to contemporary, demonstrating the delicate balance of relationships.

June 2, 2013
Leah Kim, Violin with Ron Matthews, Piano Kyoungwoon Leah Kim began her violin studies at the age of eight in Pusan, South Korea. She was honored several times in her native country before she came to USA at age of fifteen, winning the Pusan Symphony Young Artist competition, the SunHwa competition, and the Josun and Korean Newspaper National competitions.Ms. Kim received a scholarship to the Juilliard Pre-college program in New York, where she studied with Margaret Pardee. After completing her studies at Juilliard, Ms. Kim received a full scholarship to attend the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Berl Senofsky and Victor Danchenko and Rebecca Henry and earned both bachelor’s and two masters’ degrees in violin performance and pedagogy. Ms. Kim then studied with Alexandre Brussilovsky at the Conservatoire de National de Versailles, where she began working toward a Perfectionment degree (post-graduate.) While in Paris, she performed in concerts as a member of the Riccercata Ensemble de Paris.For the next two years in Korea, Ms. Kim held the position of associate concert mistress in the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra. She has recorded a CD with the orchestra and has continuously performed regularly on Korean television and radio programs. Ms. Kim is also a founder of Bellissimo Ensemble in Seoul, Korea, and founding member of Tononi Quartet in Philadelphia. Ms. Kim has returned from Korea pursuing her doctorate degree at Temple University. Ms. Kim is currently an Adjunct faculty and Artist in residence at both Temple University and Eastern University. She is also on faculty board at Temple Music Prep and Settlement Music School and teaches privately. Ms Kim currently resides in Philadelphia.

Dr. Ron Matthews has been Professor of Music and Director of Music Programs at Eastern University since 1992.  He is the Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts division and the Chair of the Music Department.  He began his musical studies at the age of four on piano, and at eight began trumpet study with the former first chair of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  At the age of 12 Dr. Matthews began organ studies and took his first church organist position at the age of 14.  After graduating magna cum laude from Westminster Choir College, Dr. Matthews received His Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Combs College of Music in Composition with an emphasis in Orchestral Conducting.

Currently, in addition to his university and church posts Dr. Matthews conducts Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra of New Jersey and a 65 piece professional orchestra, performing sacred and classical choral and orchestral music.  In addition, he is a commissioned and published composer and active in coaching, accompanying, and performing chamber music.