“September 24, 2021
Alyce Cognetta Bertz and Meg Cognetta Heaton Classical Music Program”
Sponsored by Carol and Gary Lazarus
& the Friends of the Southbury Public Library
Performing their whole lives together”
September 1, 2021 – Sisters Alyce Cognetta Bertz and Meg
Cognetta Heaton will perform a violin and piano concert at the Southbury Public
Library on a special night, Friday, September 24th at 7 pm in the
Brinker Fireplace room. Alyce and Meg have been playing together since
age five. As time went on, no words were needed to play together as it
developed naturally throughout many years and many concerts.
This program is
sponsored by donors Carol and
Gary Lazarus and The Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Masks are required at all times inside the library,
regardless of vaccination status. Space is limited. Registration is required. Please go to the library
website’s events page: https://www.southburylibrary.org/events/classical-music-concert-alyce-cognetta-bertz to register or call the Reference department at 203-262-0626
Alyce Cognetta Bertz
is the Concertmaster of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. She
studied violin with Syoko Aki of the Yale School of Music and with Charles
Tregor of the Hartt School of Music.
Alyce has studied chamber music with the Cleveland Quartet,
the Juilliard Quartet and Josef Gingold. When in high school she performed
in Vienna, Austria at the world premier with Leonard Bernstein’s
“Mass”. She has performed concerts at Carnegie Hall,
The Kennedy Center, Mexico (La Philarmonica de las Americas), The
Blossom Music Festival in Ohio, and The Waterloo Music
Festival with members of the New York Philharmonic.
Alyce has been violin soloist on WQXR in New York. She
has appeared as soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Hartt
Symphony Orchestra and on numerous occasions with the Waterbury Symphony.
Alyce’s Chamber music performances include: Cape
Cod Summer Music Festival in Chatham, The Kosciuszko Foundation in
New York City, Wolcott Classic Series, Whaling Church Classical
Series in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, Woodbury Chamber Music Series, and
Solo recitals at Geneva Opera House in New York.
Alyce, also as concertmaster of the Black Rock Philharmonic
Orchestra at Burning Man Project in Nevada, recently performed at
the opening night of the Smithsonian Museum’s “No Spectators” Burning
Man exhibit at the California Museum of Oakland CA with her
string quartet. Recently Alyce has been featured on the sound track to latest
documentary on the life of Burning Man founder Larry Harvey.
Alyce resides in Southbury with her husband, Gary. Alyce
teaches privately in her own studio which is a geodesic dome. She performs on
an exceptional Italian violin made by Postiglione in 1869.
Pianist Meg Cognetta
Heaton is active in the Finger Lakes region of New York, accompanying
choral groups, Suzuki classes and soloists.
She has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and the
Finger Lakes Symphony and most recently, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges,
and enjoyed playing the piano solo in the Beethoven Choral Fantasy.
An unusual quartet, consisting of four pianists at
two pianos, has been meeting every Tuesday in Geneva N.Y. for the past 85
years, with Meg performing with them for the past 30 years.
A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Meg teaches at Hobart
and William Smith Colleges and is on the board of St. Peter’s Community
Arts Academy, which makes available free piano and violin lessons for Geneva’s
Contact: Shirley Thorson, Head Librarian
Southbury Public library
100 Poverty Rd.
Southbury, CT 06488
203-262-0626 ext. 140
This press release was produced by the Southbury Public Library. The views expressed here are the author’s own.