Red Chair Spotlight #2 (Sera Smolen)

Red Chair Spotlight #2 (Sera Smolen)


Saturday, May 8, 2021

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm First Presbyterian Church  

THIS SPECIAL OFFERING, now in its third season, features our talented Red Chair musicians, those whose chairs have been sponsored by a generous donor.  This recital will showcase individual musicians in unique programs, created by the performers themselves.

Our second Red Chair Spotlight of the season will feature cellist SERA SMOLEN, whose chair has been generously sponsored by Elmira Savings Bank.  The program will include Mozart’s Flute Quartet, Mozetich’s Fantasia on a Lost Language, and additional pieces by Faure, Freudman, Stravinsky and more.  We are honored to have a number of guest artists joining in this celebration of the cello.



Sera & Friends
Featured performers:

Cellists: Sera Smolen, Elizabeth Simkin, Christine Lowe-Diemecke, Chris White, Zachary Sweet, Elizabeth Lyon
Sarah Cummings (violin), Victoria Miskolczy (viola), Allison Parramore (flute), Andrea Merrill (piano), Alexei Aceto (piano)


For the 2020-21 Season, our Red Chair events will be “pay what you can.”   Donations of any amount are welcome.  Tickets to attend in person must be reserved in advance.   If you sign up to join us online, you’ll be sent the zoom link the day before the recital.

Sera Smolen, soloist, collaborator, chamber musician, improviser, orchestral musician and recording artist, is an active performer of numerous genres of music, including four centuries of classical music. She has studied improvisation extensively with many teachers, and… click here to read her full bio.


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What Should I Expect at a Concert?
— Each ticket can be used to attend in-person (pending capacity limits) OR you can join the concert via livestream.
— Physical distancing (6 ft minimum) and face masks will be required at all CCO concerts.
— Shorter programs (usually about 60 minutes) with no intermission.
— General admission seating so you can more easily observe physical distancing guidelines.

All tickets must be reserved in advance (though you may pay at the door).  Ticket sales at the door will be temporarily suspended since we need to track the number of in-person audience members to ensure we stay within the permitted capacity at each venue.


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