“September 24, 2021
Classical music program Alyce Cognetta Bertz and Meg Cognetta Heaton ”
Sponsored by Carol and Gary Lazarus
& friends of the Southbury Public Library
Do their whole life together ”
September 1, 2021 – Sisters Alyce Cognetta Bertz and Meg
Cognetta Heaton to perform violin and piano concert at Southbury Public
Library during a special evening, Friday September 24 at 7 p.m. in the
Brinker fireplace room. Alyce and Meg have been playing together for
the age of five. Over time, no words were needed to play together as it
developed naturally over many years and many concerts.
This program is
Sponsored by donors Carol and
Gary Lazarus and friends from the Southbury Public Library. Masks are mandatory at all times inside the library,
whatever the vaccination status. Space is limited. Registration is compulsory. Please go to the library
website events page: https://www.southburylibrary.org/events/classical-music-concert-alyce-cognetta-bertz to register or call the referral service at 203-262-0626
Alyce Cognetta Bertz
is the Principal Violin 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 studied chamber music with the Cleveland Quartet,
the Juilliard Quartet and Josef Gingold. When in high school she played
in Vienna, Austria at the world premiere with Leonard Bernstein
“Mass”. She gave 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 solo violinist on WQXR in New York. She
appeared as a 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 at Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, Woodbury Chamber Music Series and
Solo recitals at the Geneva Opera in New York.
Alyce, also principal violin of the Black Rock Philharmonic
Orchestra at the Burning Man Project in Nevada, recently performed at
the opening night of the Smithsonian Museum’s “No Spectators” fire
Man exhibited at the California Museum of Oakland CA with her
string Quartet. Recently, Alyce appeared on the soundtrack of the latest
documentary on the life of Burning Man founder Larry Harvey.
Alyce resides in Southbury with her husband, Gary. Alice
teaches privately in his own studio which is a geodesic dome. She plays 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
choirs, Suzuki classes and soloists.
She has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and the
Finger Lakes Symphony and more recently at Hobart and William Smith Colleges,
and I enjoyed playing the solo piano in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.
An atypical quartet, composed of four pianists
two pianos, meets every Tuesday in Geneva NY since 85
years, with Meg playing with them for the past 30 years.
A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, Meg teaches in Hobart
and William Smith Colleges and is a member of the St. Peter’s Community Board of Directors
AcadÃ©mie des Arts, which provides free piano and violin lessons for students
Contact: Shirley Thorson, Chief Librarian
Southbury Public Library
100, path of poverty.
Southbury, CT 06488
203-262-0626 ext. 140
This press release was produced by the Southbury Public Library. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.