Winter Music At Sands Point Preserve

Lark Quartet
Lark Quartet

The winter season at the Sands Point Preserve is filled with music from around the globe—in chamber and choral formats—performed inside the former Guggenheim Estate’s historic mansions.

The internationally renowned Imani Winds Quintet recently presented two magnificent concerts: an interactive family matinée in Castle Gould’s Great Hall and an evening concert in Hempstead House.

Bassoonist Monica Ellis said, “You can travel the globe through music,” said Monica Ellis, quintet bassoonist. These performances were made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and is administered by The Huntington Arts Council.

The annual interfaith Winter Choral Concert on March 5 showcased choirs from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and Community Synagogue, as well as the extraordinary Metropolitan Youth Orchestra’s Nassau Chamber Chorale—for a standing room only afternoon in Hempstead House.

Next, the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy welcomes the Lark Quartet on Saturday, April 1, at 8 p.m. in Hempstead House. “The Larks” are Deborah Buck on violin, Basia Danilow on violin, Kathryn Lockwood on viola and Caroline Stinson on cello. Clarinetist Todd Palmer makes a special guest appearance at this concert. They have performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall and L’Opéra de la Bastille in Paris, among many others, and they have appeared in numerous international festivals, including Mostly Mozart and Wolftrap.

With a distinctively passionate sound, they offer audiences new insights into the art of chamber music, bridging the western tradition and recent music from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The program features a wonderful range of pieces, from Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade to Zhou Long’s Chinese Folk Songs to Johannes Brahms’ Quintet in B Minor for Strings and Clarinet.

Tickets are $45 for Conservancy members, $55 for nonmembers and free for middle and high school age children, with a paying adult. The evening includes the concert followed by dessert with the artists. Purchase tickets at or call the ticket line at 516-304-5076.

Upcoming cultural events at the Preserve include the second murder mystery in Hempstead House: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles on May 11, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m.; Dance Visions tribute to legendary modern choreographer Isadora Duncan on June 25 at 2 p.m.; and a delightful summer opera by the North Shore Music Festival on July 22: Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love”—the evening begins with dinner in Hempstead House followed by the performance in Castle Gould’s Great Hall.

For information about the Sands Point Preserve and all programs, and to purchase a 12-month membership for free admission to the park and discounts to many events, see, call 516-571-7901 or visit the Gatehouse at 127 Middle Neck Rd., in Sands Point, open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Sands Point Preserve Conservancy is a nonprofit organization with the mission to maintain and preserve the 216-acre waterfront grounds and historic mansions, and to provide a range of cultural events in Hempstead House and Castle Gould and educational programs for families, adults and schools in the Phil Dejana Learning Center and Outdoor Classroom.

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