Bits & Banter: Salon Series, Legends of American Music, Rites of Spring

The Dorian Quintet. Photo by Aleksandr Karjaka

‘Salon Series’ Kicks Off Sixth Season

If you were to close your eyes and feel the intimate, casual setting — while listening to the classic music around you — it could feel like you’re in a salon in Paris.

Some would argue that opening their eyes to find themselves still at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill as no consolation prize, considering the multi-award winning, world-class artists who play the annual “Salon Series,” opening Friday evening with the Dorian Quintet and a contrasting program of Baroque and contemporary composers.

“‘Salon Series’ continues to bring exciting talent in classical and contemporary music from all over the world to the Parrish,” Parrish Director Terrie Sultan said in a press release. “In the museum’s intimate setting, performers engage in a dialogue with the audience, talking about their approach to interpretation and program selection.”

Dorian’s flutist Gretchen Pusch, oboist Gerard Reuter, clarinetist Benjamin Fingland, bassoonist Adrian Morejon and French horn player Karl Kramer-Johnson will present two works by Johann Sebastian Bach — Trio Sonata BWV 1039 and Concerto no. 2 after Vivaldi — and Elliott Carter’s 1948 Woodwind Quintet, as well as works by contemporary composers Lalo Schifrin and Amanda Harberg.

“Recognized by critics, audiences, and colleagues for its polished and passionate performances, the Dorian Wind Quintet is known worldwide as one of chamber music’s pre-eminent and longest continuously-active ensembles,” according to the press release. “The group made history in 1981 as the first wind quintet to appear at Carnegie Hall. They have traveled worldwide, concertizing in 48 of the 50 States and Canada, in 18 European tours, and throughout the Middle East, India, Africa and Asia.”

The series continues on May 4 with pianist Drew Petersen — once a child prodigy who presented at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall at age 5 and, by age 10, played a solo recital at Steinway Hall in Manhattan for the company’s 150th Anniversary — and May 11 with the return of pianist Inna Faliks, who first performed at the Salon Series in 2015, and plans to play works by contemporary composers Rodion Shchedrin and Jan Freidlin, as well as classic works by Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Paganini.

The final performance on May 18 features the New Docta ensemble — mezzo-soprano Solange Merdinian, violinist Sami Merdinian and cellist Yves Dharamraj, who will be joined by guest pianist Philip Edward Fisher for a program exploring a range of classical and contemporary to folk and tango from Argentina, as well as vocal works by George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Stephen Sondheim, among others.

All concerts begin at 6 p.m., and tickets are $25 or $10 for members. For more information, please call (631) 283-2118 or visit

Get Down With ‘Legends of American Music’

The Sag Harbor American Music Festival will be here before we know it — from September 27 to 30 — and in anticipation of the eighth edition, documentary filmmaker Joe Lauro has compiled a new 90-minute program celebrating some of America’s musical greats in the new concert film, “Legends of American Music.”

Expect to see rare performances by the likes of Sam Cooke, Barbra Streisand, Bobby Darin, Joan Baez, Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Sly & The Family Stone, The Temptations, Nina Simone, Jerry Garcia and more during the screening on Friday, April 27, at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, followed by live music with Dante in the lobby lounge.

Dante is known for his gritty sound, skillful guitar-playing and live performances,” according to a press release. “A modern take on a one-man band, Dante creates a fullness of sound on the spot with real instruments, as opposed to using electronic looping devices. Dante’s compositions have strong melodies and thoughtful lyrics sung with a voice that is both expressive and melodic.”

The screening will begin at 7 p.m. at Bay Street Theater, located at 1 Bay Street in Sag Harbor. Advance tickets are $15, or $20 at the door. For more information, please visit

Remembering Edward Albee By Welcoming ‘Rites of Spring’

This year would have marked Edward Albee’s 90thbirthday, and LongHouse Reserve still plans to celebrate it.

On Saturday, the East Hampton organization will rename its amphitheater in memory of the playwright during its Rites of Spring season opening, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the reserve, located at 133 Hands Creek Road. Mercedes Ruehl and Harris Yulin will perform the dedication at 5:30 p.m., followed by a speech from Jane Alexander.

Throughout the day, visitors can watch a video of Albee reading with Elaine Stritch at LongHouse in 2001, the same year the reserve honored the playwright, who famously wrote “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and died in 2016. He was a longtime friend of LongHouse founder Jack Lenor Larsen, dating back to the 1950s when they both came to live in Manhattan.

As a Montauk resident, Albee often visited Longhouse and served on the arts committee since its inception 27 years ago. He performed and read in the amphitheater many times, hosted galas and dialogues — including one with Robert Wilson — and even rang in his 80thbirthday there.

This weekend, the 16-acre reserve will be in full bloom with daffodils and a site-specific work by artist Orly Genger will be unveiled in the garden. An exhibition of figurative works by artist Judith Shea will be on view at the LongHouse Pavilion and, following the dedication, the reserve will launch the Edward Albee Memorial Fund for art purchases.

Admission is $15 and free for members. For more information, please call (631) 329-3568 or visit