Premiere of Pierre
Saturday, August 6th, 2022 | 7:00 PM
From Keith Reddin, Doug Hughes, and CaroL Ostrow

The Church was delighted to host a sold our performance of the premiere of PIERRE.  Reddin’s most recent play, PIERRE is a dark comedy about the life of Herman Melville featuring a Marxist-Leninist book club in Helena Montana, fanatical rare book collectors, deep family secrets, and murder. An epic ride of obsession and love, PIERRE examines what it means to be an artist in America.

Alice Hope

(Photo by Soren Hope)

Laurie Lambrecht

(Photo by Patricia Maurides)

Candace Hill-Montgomery (Photo by Melanie Acevado)


SATURDAY, JULY 30th, 2022 I 2:00 PM 

FEATUring Alice Hope, Laurie Lambrecht, and Candace Hill-Montgomery

Celebrating our summer exhibition, Threading the Needle, The Church hosted an artists' roundtable. This forum was a place to discuss the themes of the show in more detail. On Saturday July 30, we had the opportunity to listen to and learn from Alice Hope, Laurie Lambrecht and Candace Hill Montgomery, three artists working locally and included in the exhibition. Moderated by Chief Curator Sara Cochran, the group talked about the intersections and divergences of each artist’s processes, ideas, and work in this lively and informative conversation. The exhibition is focused on artworks that address what happens when the conceptual approaches of contemporary art insect with the expertise and skill of weaving and fabric-based practices and craft. It was an exciting opportunity to hear from these artists and understand their work in the contexts of their individual practices and within the exhibition.


FRIDAY, JULY 29th, 2022 I 6:00 PM 



In conversation with Sara Cochran, The Church’s chief curator, John reflected on his storied and varied career and life. John is internationally recognized as a skilled draftsman and painter who creates arresting still lives, emotionally intense landscapes, and incisive and satirical portraits that tackle politics, religion, and the absurdity of the human condition. His wide-ranging artistic career is a testament to his keen mind and insatiable curiosity. Nevertheless, there are two constants in his work: his lush depiction of the natural world with its glorious flora and fauna and his critical view of humanity, American politics, corporate greed, and the senseless, manmade destruction of the planet.

Photo by Jenny Gorman

Photo by Andrew Southam 
The Ecstasy of victoria woodhull

Saturday July 23rd, 2022 | 6:30 PM 

Sunday july 24th, 2022 | 6:30 PM 

Presented by owl & Pussycat Theatre Company, This one-hour, one-woman play will be transformative!


The Church was pleased to host two performances of The Ecstasy of Victoria Woodhull presented by Owl & Pussycat Theatre Company. Victoria Woodhull was a brazen and irrepressible Suffragette who was the First Woman to run for President of the United States in 1872. The audience will join Celeste in an immersive séance, where she endeavors to bring back Victoria Woodhull’s spirit to learn her full story.

The Ecstasy of Victoria Woodhull was born out of the #MeToo movement by wife and husband duo Ashely Ford and Theo Salter. The two wanted to tell the story of this heroic and near forgotten American woman who rose from rags to riches – despite no formal education, and then peddled out by her snake oil salesman father as a Child Clairvoyant. She eventually became the first woman to run for President, the first woman to address Congress, and ran her own Wall Street firm and progressive newspaper in New York. Iris Mann from StageRaw reviewed the play and wrote “Ashley Ford’s solo performance as the fascinating historical figure, Victoria Woodhull, engages rapt attention on an intellectual level.”  

Equality matters in the hamptons

Friday JULY 22nd, 2022 I 4:00 PM 

Featuring Ursula m. burns

The Church was pleased to host The Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center for their Thinking Forward lecture Series with “Equality Matters in the Hamptons” a segment that focuses on discussing race, to open eyes and minds to all perspectives in our community. The talk “FROM THE TENEMENTS TO THE C-SUITE” featured American businesswoman and powerhouse Ursula M. Burns.

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Insight sundays

Sunday JULY 17th, 2022 I 10:30 aM 

Featuring Christa maiwald and lucy winton
In celebration of The Church's summer exhibition Threading the Needle, an exhibition that explores how contemporary artists are using weaving and fabric processes, we heard from some of the artists involved. Christa Maiwald and Lucy Winton joined us for our Insight Sunday series, where artists discuss their practice in front of one of their works.
Photo by Bryan Hunt 
Writer Gary Ginsberg

Saturday JULY 9th, 2022 I 4:00 PM 

IN conversation with Sally Susman

The Church was delighted to host acclaimed writer Gary Ginsberg for a discussion of his New York Times bestselling book: “First Friends:  The Powerful, Unsung and Unelected People Who Shaped Our Presidents”. Presidential literature is replete with books about First Ladies, First Sons, First Butlers, First Chefs, First Decorators, even First Pets, but no one has ever looked at the role of the First Friend in American history and how this person helped shape the man, his presidency, and history itself.
Artist in conversation

Saturday July 2, 2022 | 11:00 AM

Featuring sheila pepe
The Church was thrilled to host a conversation with renowned artist, educator, and artist-in-residence Sheila Pepe. Sheila was joined by The Church’s Chief Curator Sara Cochran, who interviewed Sheila on her work featured in our Threading the Needle exhibition. Known for crocheting large-scale, ephemeral installations and sculptures, Sheila will be spending her residency installing a sight specific piece that will hang from The Church’s wooden rafters, the first time an artist has worked specifically with the historic architecture of the building
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Saturday JUNE 25, 2022 I 8:00 PM 

Our first annual summer fundraiser
Around Midsummer—when the veil between the spirit world and ours was at its thinnest, The Church hosted The Droll Ball in collaboration with the release of Iris Smyles’ new book, Droll Tales (Turtle Point Press July 5th, 2022).
Tickets included: A signed copy of Droll Tales by Iris Smyles, one raffle ticket for a chance to win a unique print by Eric Fischl, music by The Hoodoo Loungers, dinner able bites, custom cocktails, a seance, and magic!
Reflections on Matisse

saturday June 18, 2022 I 7:00 PM 

With Bruce wolosoff, Michelle ross, and jeremy siskind
The Church is honored to have had Reflections in Music return as it continued its innovative classical programming with a concert of music inspired by the art of Henri Matisse. Following the sold out “Reflections on Debussy” performance in February, “Reflections on Matisse” was an incredibly fascinating program which featured a group of distinguished musicians assembled by Artistic Director Bruce Wolosoff.
KNowledge friday

Friday June 17th, 2022 I 6:00 PM 

with peter solow
The Church was thrilled to host a conversation between extraordinary artist and art teacher Peter Solow and The Church Co-Founder April Gornik. John Russell, covering Solow’s work in The New York Times stated, “Human destiny is Mr. Solow’s subject, whether it is treated as Ingmar Bergman treats it (in terms of private involvement, that is to say) or in terms of huge predicament that has not yet defined itself. Either way, and whether on a seashore or in an unnamed metropolis, Mr. Solow holds our attention.”
behinD the work: the jazz continuum 
presented by the church and guild hall

Thursday June 16th, 2022 I 6:00 PM 

with Latasha barnes - moderated by mary jane marcasiano

A conversation with LaTasha Barnes on the development of The Jazz Continuum was moderated by The Jazz Continuum’s costume director, Mary Jane Marcasiano held on June 16th. LaTasha Barnes was joined in conversation by collaborator Reyna Nunez and other members of the project.  


Behind the Work is an ongoing series at Guild Hall that brings together performing arts collaborators for an open dialogue on the creative process and development of new works. This iteration of the series is presented with The Church as part of Guild Hall’s 2022 OFF-SITE Season. Behind the Work is co-produced with Mary Jane Marcasiano.

Work in Process Performance of the Jazz continuum

Sunday June 12th, 2022 | 4:00PM 

with Latasha barnes
A work in process performance by Bessie Award Winner, dancer, choreographer,
educator, and Tradition-bearer of Black American Social Dance, LaTasha Barnes.
Programmed as part of LaTasha Barnes’ residency at The Church, the performance
is a work in process presentation of Barnes’ most recent project, The Jazz Continuum,
which will premiere at the Joyce Theatre in Fall 22.

friday June 10th, 2022 | 12:00-2:00PM 

with Latasha barnes
An open rehearsal of The Jazz Continuum led by Bessie Award Winner, dancer,
choreographer, educator, and Tradition-bearer of Black American Social Dance,
LaTasha Barnes. This open rehearsal will serve as a practice session for their upcoming
Work in Process Performance of the Jazz Continuum, which will be held at The Church
on Sunday the 12th. 
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Photograph by Monica Banks
Poet and Author Philip Schultz

friday June 3rd, 2022 I 6:00 PM

In Conversation With Jill Bialosky 
The Church was pleased to have esteemed poet Philip Schultz in conversation with editor Jill Bialosky. Featuring an excerpt reading and discussion of Schultz’s newly published memoir Comforts of the Abyss, the two conversed about Schultz’s writing school, method, and how it translates to the page. In this candid and generous book, Schultz reflects on his early life in an immigrant neighborhood of upstate New York, his first writing experiments inspired by Ernest Hemingway and John Keats, his struggles with dyslexia, and the failures he witnessed in his father’s life and his own. Through surprising, sometimes humorous, and encouraging encounters with the writers who influence him—including Elizabeth Bishop, Joan Didion, and Norman Mailer—as well as moving experiences of loss, Schultz learns how to fashion personas out of pain. The evening concluded with a book signing.
Watch PHILIP SCHULTZ's talk now!
LIve music Event


saturday may 28TH, 2022 I 6:30 PM 

The Church was excited to host a performance by the Gil Gutiérrez Trio.  The ultra-talented group includes renowned virtuoso guitarist and composer, Gil Gutiérrez, violinist Robert Stern and bassist David Rodriguez, who joined forces for a set of high-level improvising during their performance. Known for his unique ability to connect with the audience and channeling the local energy into their performance, Gil Gutiérrez Trio's performance was an unforgettable event!
Artist Talk
saturday May 28, 2022 | 11:00AM

With co-founder April gornik

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Artist and co-founder April Gornik, spoke on her painting, Storm Suspended by Light, which was featured in our Empire of Water exhibition. The landscape shows the sun setting over the water as storm clouds roll in. The piece contradicts the stereotypical depiction of water as blue and instead highlights water as a reflective medium — mirroring the orange sky with an orange sea.

Watch April Gornik's talk now!

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Artist Round table

thursday May 26, 2022 | 6:00PM
WITh scott bluedorn, cy keener and steve miller
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In celebration of The Church’s spring exhibition Empire of Water, we are holding a round table with artists Scott Bluedorn, Cy Keener, and Steve Miller moderated by The Church’s Chief Curator Sara Cochran. Their discussion will address how they each create their work and where they find the balance between their creativity, practice, and desire to engage with important questions facing us today. 

Watch The Artist Round table now!

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Photo by Linda K. Alpern

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Photo by Jeremy Dennis

Insight Sunday

May 22, 2022 | 10:30AM

WITh Linda k. Alpern and Jeremy dennis


The Church was thrilled to inaugurate a new series called Insight Sundays. This event is an exciting chance to hear artists discuss their practice in front of one of their own works of art. 


For our first event in this series, we were honored to have artists Linda K. Alpern and Jeremy Dennis join us. Both artists have artwork included in our spring  2022 exhibition Empire of Water . Insight Sundays are the ultimate behind-the-scenes sneak peek and a wonderful opportunity to hear an artist focus on their individual work, see it through their eyes, and explore how it relates to their whole body of work, career, process, and interests.

Watch Linda k. Alpern's talk now!

Watch Jeremy dennis's talk now!

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KNowledge Friday

may 20, 2022 I 6:30 PM

With Amanda m. FairbaNKS
The Church was pleased to host  journalist, author, and Sag Harbor resident Amanda M. Fairbanks speaking on her widely praised book The Lost Boys of Montauk. Described by New York Times bestselling author Ron Suskind as “an honest and touching book, and a hell of a story”, the story follows the commercial fishing boat Wind Blown as it leaves Montauk Harbor in March of 1984 for a routine offshore voyage.
Ms Fairbanks 's talk was accompanied by a slideshow by Morgan McGivern,  whose photographs illustrated the book.
Watch Amanda M. Fairbank's talk now!
Affordable Community Housing Convening 

may 19, 2022 I 9:30 AM 

A DAy-Long Convening
The Church was pleased to host an Affordable Community Housing Convening at The Church in Sag Harbor. The East End is grappling with a housing shortage and a crisis of affordability. To unpack this complex issue, The Church brought together community leaders, legislators, developers, and financial industry to explore some of the key issues at stake. The convening reviewed current efforts to address affordability in the East End, discuss solutions developed in similar communities nationally, and address the role the cultural community can play in these efforts. 
The Affordable Community Housing Convening was sponsored by Community Capital Management and co-organized by the Blue Rider Group at Morgan Stanley.
Watch the convening now!

may 8, 2022 I 5:00 PM 


A conversation between our Co-Founder Eric Fischl and Chief Curator Sara Cochran, where the two took a deep dive into all the details and intricacies of our current exhibition Empire of Water.  

The exhibition includes 47 artworks by 44 artists in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, and digital work, bringing together established and emerging artists in the area and from across the globe. 

Watch Sara and Eric's Conversation now!

ross bleckner in conversation on his work


may 5, 2022 I 6:00 PM 

Ross bleckner in conversation
with Eric Fischl

Ross Bleckner in conversation with artist and The Church co-founder Eric Fischl. The two had a lively conversation about Ross's extraordinary work featured in our Empire of Water exhibition, Here Is the Ocean, This Is Moonlight. 

Ross has been evoking emotion and elegy in his beautifully abstract work since the 1980s, and has addressed with great compassion the AIDS epidemic, loss itself, and the passage of time. He and Eric have known each other since the 1970s at Cal Arts, and have remained good friends.

Watch Ross Bleckner's talk now!

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Art for Ukraine


We raised over $100,000 for Ukraine on April 30th, thanks to artists' generosity, our partner galleries, Grenning, Keyes Art, Kramoris, and Sara Nightingale, and the outpouring of support from the bidding

and buying public.  


Wine for our reception was kindly provided by Wolffer Winery and Channing Daughters Winery.

Earth Equity Round Table


APRIL 24, 2022 I 2-4 PM 


Led By Edwina von Gal

Edwina von Gal of the Perfect Earth Project led an EARTH EQUITY* program at The Church in honor of Earth Day, with an introduction by Carl Safina and a panel of professionals, Sag Harbor Mayor James Larocca, and others involved in trying to make our lives healthier and more sensible while making sure that those who deal with our landscapes (our own backyards!) are protected from toxins and pollution.   

Watch the Round table now!

Empire of Water TOUR

APRIL 24, 2022 I 10:30 AM 

Led By co-founder

Eric Fischl

Eric Fischl, co-curator of Empire of Water, led an inspiring tour in situ of the exhibition, talking about its complexity, diversity and ingenuity. Look for the last tour, to take place on May 8, 2022 in the form of an "after hours" tour. Reception included!

A Conversation with Bill GOldstein


APRIL 22, 2022 I 6:00 PM

artist-in-residence Bill Goldstein
The Church was pleased to host a conversation with author and current artist-in-residence Bill Goldstein! Goldstein spoke on his current work, a biography about Larry Kramer, the playwright, novelist, activists and one of the founders of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. In his talk Goldstein concentrated on Kramer's initial calls to community activism in 1981 and 1982, as the scope of the epidemic became clearer, and on Kramer's time living and writing (and acting up) in Sag Harbor and East Hampton in the 1980s and 1990s. 
Watch Bill Goldstein's talk now!
Empire of Water TOUR


APRIL 17, 2022 I 10:30 AM

Led By Chief Curator
Sara Cochran

Given the effects of climate change, the global need for clean water, and the specific issues on the East End of Long Island the topic of water is timely and important. The Church will explore this subject through the mediation of contemporary artists in the exhibition and a diverse series of related programs.

​The exhibition includes 47 artworks by 44 artists in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, and digital work, bringing together established and emerging artists in the area and from across the globe.

KNOWledge Friday With Lisa Field


APRIL 15, 2022 I 6:00 PM

The Church was pleased to host our monthly Knowledge Friday lecture series with Sag Harbor legend Lisa Field — owner and protector of the infamous Sag Harbor Variety Store and up until recently, the president of the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Anyone who has spent time in Sag Harbor as a child holds memories of the Variety Store more affectionately known as the five and dime. Lisa spoke to us about place and community, and how the Variety Store has for years been in spirit and fact one of the principal anchors of our village. 

Watch Lisa Field's talk now!


first annual

creativity conference

March 12, 9-6:30PM

 The Church was pleased to announce the first annual Creativity Conference, a full-day program of lectures and socializing with a group of six creative thinkers across widely different fields. Curated by Mark W. Moffett and Melissa Wells, the program was a stimulating event as these fascinating innovators from the arts and sciences discussed their expertise in an intimate setting. The day concluded with a cocktail reception, giving guests the opportunity to socialize with the lecturers at the end of an insightful and inspiring day of talks. 

Please note, the Creativity Conference was not recorded as some speakers discussed current ongoing research.

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with master printmaker 

dan welden

The Church was pleased to host Printaganza, a monotype printmaking workshop, with master printmaker Dan Welden. Each monotype is unique, a fine art print that is typically painted on a flat plate and then run through a press so that the image is embedded into the paper. They are extraordinarily rich and show the "hand" of the artist. A ticket covered all materials, the assistance of five skilled printmaking assistants and the tutelage and expertise of Dan Welden.  

Printing Press donated by Sean & Tamara McCarthy.

Generously donated



MARCH 4, 6:30pm

The Church was thrilled to present author, pundit, and Sag Harbor resident John Avlon to speak on his new, widely-praised, and important book LINCOLN AND THE FIGHT FOR PEACE. Described by the publisher as "A groundbreaking, revelatory history of Abraham Lincoln’s plan to secure a just and lasting peace after the Civil War—a vision that inspired future presidents as well as the world’s most famous peacemakers, including Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a story of war and peace, race and reconciliation."

Watch john avlon's talk now!

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An intimate performance and conversation with Bruce Wolosoff


The Church was pleased to host Reflections on Music’s program featuring composer-pianist Bruce Wolosoff for an intimate Sunday afternoon piano performance and conversation: Reflections on Debussy. Bruce provided an insider’s look at some of the most popular works for piano by one of his personal favorite composers, Claude Debussy. Wolosoff says, “Debussy found inspiration for his music in paintings, in poetry, in other music, and in the natural world around him. I can think of no better subject for a Reflections program, and no better place to present this program than The Church in Sag Harbor.” 

Watch Bruce Wolosoff's Performance now!



februarY 26, 4:00PM

Jane Martin will discuss her current work from the series ‘Distant Lands’ on view in the Clear Out to Sea exhibition. Martin will also present and discuss other work in several mediums including painting, photography, video stills, as well as excerpts from video installations and films. Forces of nature have been an enduring theme in her work: water, fog, tornados, and the female form. Obsessed with nature’s power, Martin is drawn to its diverse qualities: its awe-inspiring force, its sensual and feminine nature, its depth, and mystery.

Watch jane martin's talk Now! 



februarY 19, 4:00PM

Recently Sally Gall came to The Chruch to discuss her series ‘Aerial’ on view in the Clear Out to Sea exhibition. Images of laundry hung outdoors to dry, representations of a domestic chore, are transformed into abstract bursts of color and delight. Gall has said of the work, “What started as an exploration of humanity and an appreciation for the most basic of activities, hanging laundry to dry, has expanded into an exploration of the abstract and otherworldly. Ordinary identifiable objects become mysterious, strange, outside the human realm. An element of eros is added as I am literally looking up someone’s skirt.”

Watch sally gall's talk now! 

Roundtable conversation
February 12, 4:30PM

This conversation was a verbal and visual collaboration between Chicago-based artist Dr. Leslee Stradford and renowned scholar Herman Bennett—exploring the historical importance of the Padrão, its significance in the modern world, and its impact to come. 

Watch the padrãos roundtable conversation now!

Artist's reception
February 5, 4:30-6:30PM

This exhibition—a verbal and visual collaboration between Chicago-based artist Dr. Leslee Stradford and renowned scholar Herman Bennett—explores the historical importance of the Padrão, its significance in the modern world, and its impact to come. A reception for the exhibition will take place on Saturday, February 5 at 4:30 PM. Free to the public.

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Alexander hammer
Is it Thursday yet?

Choreographer Jenn Freeman and Director Alexander Hammer screened a trailer and discussed their upcoming documentary on receiving a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder as an adult.

Is It Thursday Yet?
Jenn Freeman and Alexander Hammer

Watch jenn freeman's discussion and performance now!

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open rehearsal

The public was invited to come watch the rehearsals of the collaboration with Works & Process LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” at The Church.


New York Is Burning
Les Ballet Afrik with Omari Wiles

Watch les ballet afrik performance now! 

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Paris is burning screening at sag harbor cinema

The Sag Harbor Cinema in collaboration with The Church  hosted a screening of the ballroom documentary Paris Is Burning with an introduction by Omari Wiles of Les Ballet Afrik.

knowledge Fridays:
John hatleberg

The worlds best counterfeiter of famous diamonds spoke about his work making exact replicas of gems for their owners or guardians, and more!

Watch john hatleberg's knowledge friday Now! 

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roomful of teeth performance

Roomful of Teeth is a vocal ensemble founded in 2009 by Brad Wells. Its stated mission is to "mine the expressive potential of the human voice".

roomful of teeth workshop

The day after their performance at The Church, participants were able to learn from the pros in a workshop with Roomful of Teeth. 

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Art by remarkable artists from a monotype workshop led by Master Printer Dan Welden culminated in an exhibition and silent auction benefitting The Church

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Third bird
show and tell

Works & Process LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” at The Church presented:


Third Bird
Libretto by Isaac Mizrahi
Music by Nico Muhly
Choreography by John Heginbotham

Knowledge Fridays kicked off on November 19th with five-time Emmy Award winning writer, director, and producer Bill Persky, who will speak on television and what it has become – from the 50’s to today.

tour of the church with
lee skolnick

Award-winning architect Lee Skolnick toured groups for a behind-the-scenes look at how The Church project came to fruition. Highlights included an introductory presentation on the process of converting this historic building into a vibrant new cultural center, plus a guided insider’s tour of the facility led by Mr. Skolnick.  

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Watch bill persky's lecture now!

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John kamitsuka performs: Music in johan sebastian bach's home

Mr. Kamitsuka performs regularly throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and Japan. He has played at prominent New York City venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and for the first time The Church! Kamitsuka performed several pieces from composers such as Johan Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. 


Narrated in story and song, TOP DRAWER is the tale of the daughter of a Cuban refugee as she searches for her father’s piano that was left behind when he fled in 1960.  With sentiment and laughter, she chronicles her life with her mother; a thrice-married, opera-singing socialite with impossible top-drawer standards, and her father, a gay, Cuban, manic-depressive concert pianist. TOP DRAWER will make you laugh, weep and maybe even... sing.

world premiere
Bruce Wolosoff-
Sara sant'Ambrogio in concert

REFLECTIONS IN MUSIC presented the  world premiere of Requiem for the Planet and Paradise Found for cello and piano, presented by composer, pianist and Artistic Director Bruce Wolosoff with cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio.