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Downtown Music Productions, Inc.
Mimi Stern-Wolfe, Artistic Director

Varied repertoire played by
Downtown Chamber & Opera Players -
fundraisers, adult & children concerts,
benefits, and special events

Phone: (212) 477-1594
Fax: (212) 529-3502

Downtown Music Productions
310 East 12th Street, Suite 2H
New York, NY 10003


dmpmimi@verizon.net

 

The Downtown Chamber & Opera Players
presents the

EAST VILLAGE CONCERT SERIES

Sunday afternoon concerts at St. Marks in the Bowery
(10th Street and Second avenue).

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OUR MISSION:

  • To bring challenging, educational and entertaining musical events to young and old audiences.

  • To maintain diversity and innovation in programming

  • To create outlets for emerging and older composers deserving of opportunities

  • To encourage the creation of new works of music

  • To present relevant socially oriented thematic programs

  • To present FREE and LOW COST Concert Programs to seniors, youngsters and all music lovers

  • To create employment for musicians and singers in operas, orchestras and chamber programs

  • To bring music and musical theatre into the public schools.

 

WHAT WE DO?

  • WORLD AIDS DAY CD: December 1, 2006 :
    SUDDEN SUNSETS CD: Highlights of the BENSON AIDS SERIES. Visit DMP Store to hear and purchase. This DMP CD features the music of composers whom we have lost through the HIV/AIDS virus and have presented in our World AIDS Day concerts since 1990.

  • COMPOSERS OF THE HOLOCAUST concerts and CD of the same title—begun in 1989, presenting and performing the songs and instrumental music of composers and poets who perished in the camps of Europe. CD released and available to public. Visit DMP Store to purchase. Ongoing outreach concerts in museums, schools and throughout country.

  • CHILDREN'S MUSICAL THEATRE, founded in 1977, training of chorus, with dance and acting; offering performances by children in auditoriums throughout public schools in Manhattan.

  • CHILDREN'S ORCHESTRAL, CHAMBER AND VOCAL MUSICAL, preserving, performing and presenting the music of the GREAT CLASSICS, NEW & TRADITIONAL REPERTORY which educates young people on the beauty and excitement of LIVE music; Meet TUBBY THE TUBA & PEEWEE THE PICCOLO with your youngsters

 

    SPECIAL MUSICAL EVENTS BY
    DOWNTOWN CHAMBER & OPERA PLAYERS:
  • HONORING AMERICAN ART SONGS
  • TOAST TO THE STEINS
  • WAR & PEACE
  • FEEDBACK (Jazz and Pop Influenced Music)
  • MUS- ECOLOGY (environmental echoes)
  • WOMEN COMPOSERS THROUGH HISTORY
  • THE POET OF BLEECKER STREET: poetry and libretti of
    ILSA GILBERT in musical settings by LIVE composers.
  • WAKING IN NEW YORK: musical portrait of the poetry of
    Allen Ginsberg, with slides of the Lower East Side by Phyllis Stevens.
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    COMMUNITY & SENIOR CONCERTS:

  • Galina Heifetz; virtuoso violinist
  • Andrew Bolotowsky, fanciful flutist
  • Downtown Chamber Trio:
    Rieko Kawabata, violin
    Daniel Barrett, cello
    Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano

The Y Community Chorus of 14th Street
Caring Community Chorus
present diversified musical programs at Senior Centers across the city.

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AWARDS:

  • ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award two times for "adventurous programming"

  • The Laurel Leaf Award form American Composer's Alliance for "fostering and encouraging American Music"

  • 1992 Mayor's Special Arts Award in Music for "exceptional contributions to the arts and multi- cultural life New York City

  • Phi Beta Kappa 1958 member, artistic director, Mimi Stern-Wolfe, from Queens College, NYC

  • SUDDEN SUNSETS: BENSON AIDS SERIES concert, the recipient of the 1995 Lincoln Center Community Arts Award for Alice Tully Hall program

  • Special Vineyard Community Theatre Award to present The Sound of New Music, a three day Music Festival
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ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming
awarded to Downtown Music Productions

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Photo by Henry Nalepa
Mimi Stern-Wolfe, Pianist
Classical, Contemporary

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1989 Laurel Leaf Award
given to Mimi Stern-Wolfe


Mimi Stern-Wolfe, pianist and conductor, studied with pianists Ray Lev and Leonid Hambro, graduated Phi-Beta Kappa from Queens College, received a Masters in Music from New England Conservatory, and did graduate studies in Paris with Nadia Boulanger.

An accomplished pianist, Ms. Stern-Wolfe has performed throughout the United States, including at The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Over several years, Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942) Re-Discovered; Lost and Found (Ervin Schulhoff and Kurt Weill) were presented at Merkin Hall in order to introduce Schulhoff's music to the public.

In 1989, a series of Composers of the Holocaust concerts which offered the music of lost Terezin and Eastern European composers to audiences. Now a CD, it can be ordered at the DMP Store. She also teaches Opera at the School of Visual Arts and conducts a Community and Senior Chorus at the Sol Goldman "Y". She has received the Mayor's only Very Special Arts Award in Music for her "exceptional contribution to the arts and multicultural life of New York City."

Women Musicians' Collective . . . personal description of the early days of activism in the 1970's from the point of view of a musician, a mother and a political activist. Heresies #10 Women and Music . . . Mimi Stern-Wolfe 1980

Mimi Stern-Wolfe & Downtown Music Productions: "a student of Nadia Boulanger and an active performer, director and lecturer. Mimi has spent the last 30 years devoting herself to trying to find a commonality between human beings . . . "
Dan Barrett
Absolute Ensemble

". . . compulsory instrumental and vocal training for every American Girl and Boy in the public school system . . . may insure that we will continue to have chamber ensembles and orchestras after the year 2000."
— Mimi Stern-Wolfe on "cutbacks and children"
"NYC Flying Together"
Chamber Music America Education Newsletter, Vol 1, No. 3
June 1990

"Mimi Stern-Wolfe performed piano solos of Lower East Side composer Ray Green, at the Joyce Theatre. She played a 19 minute long group of piano pieces and made the melange so effective and absorbing that it seemed much shorter."
John D. Wiser
Woodstock
May 24, 1984

"Mimi Stern-Wolfe, one of our most enterprising musicians, presented an evening of American song by five composers . . . at the Greenwich House Music School" in Follow The Lieder
Leo Kraft
Music Connoisseur


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