Our Board of Directors and our Sponsors
Founded in the mid '70's, L'Ensemble's core artists are Charles Abromovic, Ida Faiella, Jessey Levy, Lincoln Mayorga and Dale Stuckenbruck. L'Ensemble and its artists have recorded for Columbia, Nonesuch, Musical Heritage Society, and Vox Records Since its inception, L'Ensemble has demonstrated its commitment to living American composers. We have commissioned many works from American composers.
Commissions have included the work of American poets, such as Maya Angelou ,William Bronk, Robert Frost and Julia Alvarez.
L'Ensemble initiated a competition called "Play It Again" to give continuing life to works of chamber music that had received a premiere, but had been performed no more than five times. The composers of the winning works, chosen from a national response of nearly 200 entries ; are invited to speak to the audience about their work when L'Ensemble performed them as part of our regular series.
L'Ensemble has performed throughout the United States including such performance venues and music festival sites as the University of Minnesota, Lincoln Center, the Wave Hill Concerts (Riverdale, NY), Snug Harbor Cultural Center (Staten Island), Philbrook Museum (Tulsa, OK), Binghamton (NY) Summer Music Festival, University of Maine Arts Festival, and at the Albany Institute of History and Art, Kiernan Plaza, Capitol Repertory Theatre, Page Hall, the Bennington Center for the Arts and Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall.
L'Ensemble's musically adventurous mission has been certified in the media:
"Your voice and the music of your Ensemble gave my poems another pair of wings for reaching the heart!"
Julia Alvarez about Ida Faiella
"These talented musicians have a knack of picking out works that are unusual,
or even slightly eccentric,
but which nevertheless provide enormous audience pleasure."
Staten Island Advance
"L’Ensemble’s ambitiousness is to be commended almost as heartily as its members virtuosity on programs such as this. They offer a range of artistic and literary diversion that belies the seeming limits of the chamber music idiom."
New York City Arts Weekly
"If you want joy in your music, L'Ensemble is for you!"
L’Ensemble is grateful to the many people who have supported our mission with their generous contributions or volunteerism since our begining in New York City.
If you would like to join those who have contributed, please write a check payable to L’Ensemble and mail it to:
P. O. Box 393
Glenmont, NY 12077-0393
L’Ensemble is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization.
as provided by law.
The following have supported L'Ensemble
in the past:
City of Albany
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)
New York State Division for Women
In the early days of 2007, we were awarded a $90,000.00 grant
by The Rockefeller Music Fund
of New York State
Chamber Music America
to research, produce and perform a series of concerts which will bring together classical, jazz, folk and gospel musicians in the rural communities of upstate New York.
Cottonwood Foundation, Gannett Foundation, Glen Family Foundation, Edward John Noble Foundation, C. Michael Paul Foundation, The Persistence Foundation, The Smart Family Foundation
Albany Savings Bank, Campito Plumbing and Heating, Anchor Savings Bank, Citibank, The Copper Kettle, Crozier Associates, Denk Bank Corp., Autumn Hardwood Furniture Co., Blue Stone Farm, Glens Falls National Bank, Hafner Associates, Key Bank, New Concepts Communities, Inc., IBM, Greenwich B.P.O. Elks Strong Associates, West Mountain Resorts, Schenectady Trust Company (Trustco)
Timothy D. Smith and Associates
Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., Metroland Magazine, United Technologies Corporporation,
Board of Directors
Jonathan Mills, Chairman
David M. Barnert, M.D., President
Henry J. Binzer, Treasurer
Patricia Binzer EdD, Secretary
Ida Faiella, Artistic Director
Keith Edwards M.D., Director-at-large
Jeffrey Glen, Esq, General Counsel