Concert Series 2018-2019

MMC features professional musicians from Rockland County and the greater NYC area in its annual Concert Series.  Concerts are generally held on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and cover a wide range of musical offerings.   Concerts are held at: Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church, 51 Sickletown Road, Pearl River, N.Y.  10965, unless otherwise noted.

Carpooling is recommended.
(Donations to the Concert Series and scholarship fund are accepted at the door and donations of canned or paper goods for People to People are collected)

Fall Concert Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 10:30a.m.

Avi Nagin, violin A graduate of The Colburn School and the Yale School of Music, Avi has appeared at prestigious masterclasses and workshops around the world, including at Carnegie Hall led by pianist Leon Fleisher, where he also worked closely with Yo-Yo Ma and Pamela Frank.  The summer of 2018 marks Avi’s second year on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, N.C., where he also serves in violin section of the Eastern Festival Orchestra.  Additionally, Avi has recently become substitute faculty at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division and is on the chamber music faculty of the New York Youth Symphony and was previously a “Teaching Artist” with Yale University’s Music in Schools Initiative.  Visit Avi Nagin Bio

Itay Goren, piano has performed solo concerts in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and the US.  Originally from Haifa, Mr. Goren studied music at the Rimon School of Music in Tel Aviv before continuing his education at William Paterson University in New Jersey. He is the founder and artistic director of the distinguished Open Door Concert Series at Ramapo College, in its sixth season, the Series continues to present great masterpieces of classical music. Itay is currently on the faculty of the music program at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Holiday Concert Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

Chorus, led by director Melissa Manning will perform seasonal selections.  Melissa Manning, director studied at the Ukrainian Institute, the Pre-College Division at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music and Montclair University. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam House, Garden
State Arts Center and the Westchester Symphony Orchestra. She
is the founder and director of the Manning School of Music in Nyack
and frequently appears as soloist and chamber musician in
Westchester and Rockland Counties. Currently she serves as Director
of Music Ministries at the United Church of Spring Valley, NY and as
keyboard artist at the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood,
NJ. She has directed the MMC Chorus since 2010.

Visit Melissa Manning Bio

Guest artists:  Kathleen Reveille, mezzo soprano has achieved international recognition for her performances in the Polish premieres of Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea (Maurya), Holst’s At the Boar’s Head (Doll Tearsheet), and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (Miss Jesel).  In May 2018, Miss Reveille made her Carnegie Hall debut as the mezzo soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with The Cecilia Chorus of New York. Reveille will become a member of the Apprentice Singer Program, The Santa Fe Opera, this summer, 2018.

Kathleen Reveille Bio

Carols and a festive reception will follow.


Spring Concert -Sunday, April 7, 2019 3:00 p.m.  

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

112 N Main Street, Pearl River, NY

Ani Kalayjian, cellist, Ani has performed at various festivals around the US and Europe. Recent performances include chamber music concerts at Weill Recital Hall, the Bartow-Pell Mansion, Saugerties ProMusica, Pleasantville Music Society, a chamber music summer residency at Wellesley College, and at Music at Montauk Chamber Music Festival. Ani received an M.A. with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music in England and a B.A. from the Mannes College of Music as a student of Timothy Eddy.  Accompanist and special guest artist to be announced”

Ani Kalayjian Bio


Robert Farruggia, tenor, composer, lyricist is at home in opera, concert and musicals. His recent musicals ”On the Air” and “The Store Under the Portico” premiered in Brooklyn and Off Broadway.  Robert’s works were also featured at 54 Below, Green Room 42 and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Top awards in competitions include Lotte Lenya, Kurt Weill, and Morning Music Club. He studies voice with his parents, opera stars Barbara de Deo and Michele Farruggia.

Robert Farruggia BIO


Scholarship Recital Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Germonds Presbyterian Church, 39 Germonds Rd, New City, NY

MMC’s annual Scholarship Recital features Rockland County Scholarship winners followed by light refreshments.