Con Vivo Music Presents Sarah Nelson Craft

sarah-nelson-craftSarah Nelson Craft returns to CVM’s stage with a program featuring major, lengthy vocal works that present women’s stories from their point of view: Robert Schumann’s “Frauenliebe und leben” and John Harbison’s “Mirabai Songs”. Opera News described Mrs. Craft’s 2016 Carnegie Hall solo Spotlight Recital as “exquisite… glowing… charming…” and Con Vivo Music is very excited to bring her performance to Jersey City.

One of Schumann’s truly iconic song cycles, “Frauenliebe und leben” chronicles the love story and life of a young woman, who takes on very traditional roles of wife and mother. While the poetry is not very progressive, it was unique in its time for delving deep into the mind of a woman and telling the story from her perspective.

“Mirabai Songs” is a setting of ecstatic religious poetry in 16th-century India by woman poet Mirabai. When her husband was killed in a war, Mirabai refused to die on his funeral pyre, as was the custom. Instead, she left her family compound, wrote her poems to Krishna, the Dark One, and sang and danced them in the streets.

Event Information:
Con Vivo Music – Sarah Nelson Craft in Recital
FREE, all ages welcome
Saturday, April 7 at 7:00pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Robert Schumann – Frauenliebe und leben
John Harbison – Mirabai Songs
and more

Performed by mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft and pianist Paul Vasile.

Sponsored by the Barrow Mansion Development Corporation.

This program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Con Vivo Music’s String Quartet Returns October 6


Con Vivo Music returns to the beautiful Cathedral Hall with an evocative program of string quartet compositions by living composers. The concert program includes works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, “one of the decade’s more gifted, up-and-coming modern classical composers” (Pitchfork), and “charismatic contemporary bard” (NY Times) Elliot Cole. Paired with these are the world premiere of works by CVM’s own Erin Rogers and Kevin Cummines. This concert will close Con Vivo Music’s 10th season of free and innovative concerts in the Jersey City community.

Sarah Kirkland Snider is describes her piece “Ave” as a meditation and response to a polaroid from her own past, and a memory to a lost friend.  By contrast, Erin Rogers’ new work for CVM, “Conduire, Camion”, processes traffic noise and inner thoughts. Much the contemplative soundtrack of driving, Rogers dedicates this work to her nephew “whose passion for trucks is boundless” (Rogers). In the same vein, Kevin Cummines new work “Machinatery” is a tonal observation of the frantic nature of our modern reality. And closing the program, Elliot Cole writes about his string quartet “From a cloud of bird cries a song is pulled – at first slowly, with great effort, one note drawn out at a time. From more struggle comes more clarity, and then the music is made incarnate and set free. … After it lives out its destiny, it is pulled from us, disappearing back into the air.”

Event Information:
Con Vivo String Quartet
FREE, all ages welcome
Friday, October 6, 2017, 7-8pm
Cathedral Hall – 380 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ

Performed by Mazz Swift (violin), Jae Lee (violin), Amelia Hollander Ames (viola), and Julia Biber (cello).

Support Free, Live Music in JC!


Show your music love on Saturday, October 24 at 7 pm at The Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City. Come out and support Con Vivo’s Music’s 2016 concert season along with their mission to present free world-class chamber music in Jersey City.

The fundraiser will be a celebration with performances by CVM players including  founder Amelia Hollander Ames, plus cocktails, light food, and a silent auction.

The performance will include music by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw, a world premiere composition by CVM’s own Mazz Swift, Bela Bartok string duets, and Lansing McLosky’s beautiful Processione di Lacrime for string trio and alto sax. Music will be performed by Amelia Hollander Ames (viola), Mazz Swift (violin), Marika Hughes (cello), and Zach Herchen (saxophone).

Purchase tickets on event page

About Con Vivo Music (from website)

Con Vivo Music is a collective of musicians including some of the NYC area’s finest soloists and rising stars. We bring the communal spirit of chamber music to the vibrant and unique setting of Jersey City, organizing and performing free concerts all over town. Con Vivo’s Artistic Director is saxophonist Zach Herchen.

Our mission is to provide world-class music for all audiences, regardless of class, location or income. All of our concerts are completely free.

Con Vivo Music was founded in 2007 by Amelia Hollander Ames after spending three years in Israel as violist of the Israel Contemporary String Quartet and Tel Aviv Soloists. Upon returning to her hometown of Jersey City, she dreamed of playing chamber music for the full range of Jersey City’s vibrant population at the same high level that she had in Israel and elsewhere around the world. Amelia partnered with the Jersey City Department of Cultural Affairs, which exclusively funded Con Vivo’s first two seasons of concerts. In 2009, Con Vivo Music became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and spread its wings, fed by the creativity and virtuosity of its core musicians and the enthusiasm of its audiences.