Pianist Adam Kent has served as Music Director at Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation since 1990. He directs Music at CUUC, the congregation’s concert series.
Dr. Kent has performed in recital, as soloist with orchestra, and in chamber music on four continents. A winner of the American Pianists Association Fellowship and Simone Belsky Music Awards, Dr. Kent also received top prizes in the Thomas Richner, the Juilliard Concerto, and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competitions, and is a recipient of the Arthur Rubinstein Prize and the Harold Bauer Award. Dr. Kent made his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall in 1989 and is a favorite on N.Y.C. area radio stations.
His recently released recording of the piano music of the Cuban-American composer Tania León entitled “Teclas de mi piano” has garnered critical praise from The New York Times, which reported, “The pianist Adam Kent has the measure of León’s sound throughout, whether he’s dealing with student pieces written in the 1960s or more recent items like “Homenatge,” from 2011. In the latter, he brings a virtuoso’s zest to the dance rhythms and bluesy clusters that cavort in the composition’s opening minutes. But he also offers a patient, less showy sensibility during the ruminative airs of the final minutes…Throughout, Kent pays as much attention to León’s formal invention as to the way she reworks her diverse inspirations.” All About the Arts enthuses about the disc “…the gifted Adam Kent triumphantly takes on every one of the pianistic hurdles contained in Tania León’s panoply of works.” Among his other critically acclaimed commercial recordings are a CD of Ernesto Halffter’s complete piano music on Bridge Records and performances of chamber works by Joaquín Turina, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Oscar Lorenzo Fernândez with the Damocles Trio and Emerson Quartet violist Lawrence Dutton on the Claves label.
The music of Spain and Latin-America has long been a specialty of Dr. Kent’s, whose advocacy has been acknowledged by the Spanish government on numerous occasions. In 2011, King Juan Carlos I of Spain honored the pianist by bestowing Spain’s Orden al Mérito Civil, and the Spanish Consulate has also sponsored appearances by Dr. Kent at Weill Recital and Merkin Concert Halls. The Spanish Ministry for Education and Culture awarded him a grant for Música por doquier/Hispanic Music Everywhere, a year-long celebration of Spanish and Latin-American music with the Damocles Trio and Spanish composer and conductor Salvador Brotons, and The Foundation for Iberian Music at the CUNY Graduate Center, the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, and Institut Ramon Lllull have also sponsored a number of Dr. Kent’s Hispanic-themed projects. Dr. Kent has won grants to commission new works from Tania León, Salvador Brotons, Miguel-Ángel Roig-Francolì, and others. He has contributed performances and interviews to documentaries on Spanish composers Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla, and Federico Mompou. Ms. León’s music has been an area of particular advocacy for Dr. Kent, who has programmed her works in concerts throughout the world, including a version of Homenatge dedicated to him and choreographed by Pedro Ruiz for Dance Theater of Harlem.
Since 2016, Dr. Kent has been a professor of music at the State University of New York at Oneonta, where he was recently awarded the 2023 Susan Sutton Smith Award for Academic Excellence. Summers have found him serving as Director of Cultural Outreach at the Burgos International Music Festival and teaching and performing at the Summit Music Festival in N.Y, Alberta Pianofest in Edmonton, Canada, and the Cursos de Verano of the Fundación Princesa de Asturias in Oviedo, Spain. He received a D.M.A. from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. He holds as well B.M. and M.M. degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where he was a student of Solomon Mikowsky. In April 2023, Dr. Kent began a three-year tenure on the American Fulbright Specialist roster.
Throughout the church year, he can be heard most Friday afternoons from 3-3:30 p.m. in “A Tempo with Adam” house concerts at bit.ly/A-Tempo-With-Adam
LISA N. MEYER
LISA N. MEYER, vocalist and conductor, has been the Choir Director at Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation (CUUC) at White Plains since 2001 and been an active professional musician in the Metropolitan Area as a soloist, conductor, choral singer, and teacher for many years. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance and graduate degree in Music History and Choral Conducting at the Post Campus of Long Island University and has conducted choirs in England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, South Korea, Canada, and Italy, as well as throughout the United States. Lisa has worked with and conducted singers of all ages, from children, to high school singers, and collegiate choirs as well as adult choirs during the course of her music career. Over the years, Lisa has conducted orchestral choral classics such as Vivaldi’s Gloria, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D Major, Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Mozart’s Requiem, and Menotti’s opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, among a great variety of genres of choral music from folk songs, Broadway standards, multi-cultural and spiritual anthems, to contemporary popular favorites.
As a soprano vocalist, Lisa has been a member of the esteemed professional choir The Gregg Smith Singers with which she extensively toured the United States and Europe. She has also been a member of the elite women’s choir, The New York Treble Singers, and spent many years as a member of the professional choir of Saint Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan. She has worked with such esteemed composers as Peter Schikele, Dave Brubeck, Ned Rorem, Ward Swingle and the legendary folk artist, Pete Seeger. She has toured domestically and internationally as a soloist with guitarist and lutenist Harris Becker performing works by early music composers Campion, Dowland, and Morely through every time period including W.A Mozart, Franz Schubert, Benjamin Britton, Dominic Argento, and the Beatles.
After working as the Production Coordinator for the Department of Music at the Post Campus of Long Island University for 22 years, Lisa is now an assistant manager for Kay Jewelers, enjoys teaching her private studio of voice students, and is an award winning dollhouse miniature artist when she is not at CUUC. She creates unique and custom music boxes featuring 1 inch scale miniature vignettes along with individual miniatures which can be viewed and purchased at her Etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/MinisWithMusic and on Instagram. She also shows her work along with her business partner, Stephanie Watt, during the year at various dollhouse miniature shows on the east coast under the name Mini Maniacs Miniatures which can be found on Facebook.
Georgianna Pappas, pianist, born and raised in the NY Metro area, has played piano since she was 5 years old and gave her first solo recital at 14 years old. She was educated at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division and she graduated with a BA in Music from Hunter College in NYC.
Since then, she has worked and performed in various venues, from opera rehearsal work, chamber music and art song concerts, improvisational concerts to accompanying singers in cabaret settings. She has participated in and led workshops in music improvisation for all ages. Ms. Pappas has accompanied performances of various operas with piano as well as part of the orchestra.
Currently, she is Music Director of the Wyckoff Family YMCA Theater Arts program. The most recent shows include Sweeney Todd, The Sound Of Music, Cinderella, and currently Grease. Ms. Pappas is also the creator and director of an adult chorus at the Y. She teaches private piano lessons, and group music classes involving the ‘wholistic’ musical ideas of Emile Dalcroze. Last, but not least, she happily accompanies the CUUC choir as well as occasionally playing for service.
MUSIC AT CUUC CONCERT SERIES
2023-2024 CONCERT SCHEDULE
Sat., Sept 23, 2023 @8:00pm
Jazz Fest! with Valerie Capers
Sun., Nov 12, 2023 @12:30pm
Adam Kent Solo Piano Concert
Sun., Dec. 3, 2023 @ 12:30pm
Holiday Concert with CUUC Choir
Sun., Apr. 21, 2024 @12:30pm
with CUUC Choir and Friends