(January 31, 2017) – On January 1st, the Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition presented the “Concert for Peace” at the Studio Around the Corner to a sold out audience. The event was held as part of the popular Concerts Around the Corner Series.

The program opened with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with Jeffrey Marano. “Peace Poem for World Day Against Racism” by Demetrios Trifiatis was beautifully read by Judith Marano.

Photo Credit: Mark Marano

Award winning author Gail Carson Levine read the Emily Dickinson poem, “The cricket sang, And set the sun” followed by Nathan Brewster performing “The cricket sang, And the sun set” by Blake Tyson for solo marimba.

Robert Zubrycki, violin; Adria Benjamin, viola; and Anik Oulianine, cello. Jennifer Tao, piano, performed in trios by Max Bruch and Cecile Chaminade.

Brewster Theater Company president, Stacy Dumont read  “Jane Addams and the Peace Movement” written by Amy Campanaro.

Photo Credit: Mark Marano

The program featured the beautiful quintet for strings in g minor, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Robert Zubrycki, violin; Lori Miller Abbott, violin; Adria Benjamin, viola; Adam Kramer, viola and Anik Oulianine, cello.

To celebrate the New Year, arrangements of “Tales from the Vienna Woods” by Johann Strauss II were performed and the audience joined in singing along with Auld lang syne.

Photo Credit: Mark Marano

Future Concerts Around the Corner include American Celebration (June 24 at SPACE at Ryder Farm); Women Composers and 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage (July 9); Concerts Around the Corner, Next Generation (Date TBD);  Bard College Conservatory(Date TBD) and New Year’s Day Concert for Peace (Jan 1 2018).

For more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit: or on Facebook at “Old Town Hall, Brewster, NY”.


Concerts Around The Corner is made possible in part by the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. In Putnam County, this grant program is administered and monitored by the Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac, NY.


The Studio Around the Corner at Old Town Hall

Cultural Arts Coalition

67 Main Street, Suite 101

Brewster, NY 10509

(845) 363-8330

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About The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition

The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining cultural arts within the Town of Southeast and its surrounding region. TOSCAC was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in August 2010 with the purpose, as detailed in the incorporation papers, “… to promote and raise funds for the development and effective management of affordable, accessible performance space that will provide citizens of the Town of Southeast opportunities to participate in and appreciate cultural arts, including lectures, theater, dance, film, music, visual arts, and inclusive community events.” 

Our current focus is the renovation of the Southeast Old Town Hall, a historic landmark within the Village of Brewster and a perfect venue to serve as a cultural hub. The Old Town Hall has been described as a “Jewel in the Center of Brewster” and its renovation will help foster the revitalization of downtown Brewster.