Westminster Conservatory will celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a performance by pianist Ena Bronstein Barton on Saturday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton.
She will perform Robert Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes and Frédéric Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Op. 28 in honor of the 200th anniversary of their births. The event will also celebrate Westminster Conservatory’s 40 years of music lessons, classes and performances in the Princeton community.
Born in Santiago, Chile, pianist Ena Bronstein Barton began her career in South America, touring her native continent. Her New York debut at Town Hall was received with critical acclaim. Since then, Ms. Barton’s career has taken her across the United States, back to South America, to Europe, the Near and Far East, Australia and New Zealand. Among her engagements abroad was an extended tour of Israel and Europe, highlighted by performances as soloist with orchestras in Jerusalem, Luxembourg and Rome. Ms. Barton has received many honors throughout her career, including an invitation to attend the Casals Festival, a Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant that resulted in a solo recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and the 1996 Distinguished Artists Piano Award by Artists International. Her chamber music performances have included appearances with violinist Jaime Laredo and the Guarneri Quartet. She is head of the piano department at Westminster Conservatory and a member of the piano faculty at Westminster Choir College.
The performance will be followed by a dessert reception open to all. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, and they can be purchased by calling the Westminster box office at 609-921-2663. Patron tickets are $75, and they may be reserved by calling Westminster Conservatory at 609-921-7104. Proceeds from the performance will benefit the Westminster Conservatory scholarship fund, faculty development and the upkeep of musical instruments.