Concert: 20 Seasons of Creating Music for Teaneck Creek Conservancy

On Sunday, February 17th at 2pm, The Friends of the Teaneck Library, as part off their Music on a Sunday Afternoon series, will sponsor a concert by the award-winning eco-music ensemble, Englewinds, The program presents music created for the Teaneck Creek Conservancy, “A Green Awakening”: Part I (1998-2008). Composers will share their creative process as well as the performance of music dedicated to nature. Englewinds includes Marcia Hankle, flute; Sarah Davol, oboe; Mitch Kriegler, clarinet; R.J. Kelley, horn; Atsuko Sato, bassoon; and Tomoko Ohno, piano.

The program includes “Hummingbird Swirls” by Max Lifchitz, “Medicine Shields” and “Tulpe” by Native American composer Dawn Avery, “Rokudan” by Tomoko Ohno, “Prelude and Lament” by Sarah Davol, with video by Kyra Garrigue, and two world premieres: “A Green Awakening” by Pamela Sklar, and “A Bee in my Bonnet” by Edwin Avril”.

2018-19 is Englewinds’ 20th season of Eco-music concerts, and this retrospective program is near to the ensemble’s heart. In 1998 Englewinds performed its first Eco-concert to make the Teaneck community aware of open wetland that was threatened by development. On one side of Teaneck Creek, the Heritage Pointe senior living facility was built, and on the other side, the 46-acre Teaneck Creek Conservancy was established three years later in 2001 to protect and restore the remaining open land. Englewinds has commissioned music and performed many concerts for the Conservancy over the years: for the inauguration of the park, the opening of the Labyrinth, the installation of the Five Pipes, information about Monarch butterfly migration, the introduction of honeybee hives in conjunction with local beekeeper, Daniel Senter, Liquid Earth Day celebrating the park’s new rain barrels, and Dance for the Earth (with Nikki Manx Dance Project) featuring art from invasive vines and the importance of native species. Englewinds’ latest project is working with a local manufacturer to install a “personal” (small) wind turbine in the Conservancy after the group’s Wind Energy concert this past Spring.

In addition to performing music for the TCC, Englewinds has given concerts at the New York Historical Society, New York Botanical Garden, Trinity Concert Series, and Ellis Island Museum in New York; the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum (Andrew Wyatt), The American Philosophical Society and the historic Milford Theater in Pennsylvania, at Montgomery College in Maryland, at the mountaintop concert series in Skinner State Park and at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and at numerous venues and universities in New Jersey including Grounds for Sculpture, Van Vleck House and Gardens, the Hackensack River Greenway, Flat Rock Brook Nature Center and more.

The public is welcome to attend this free program to be held in the library auditorium. Members of the Friends of the Library can be seated at 1:30, others at 1:45. Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the performers will follow the concert. The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck.

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