Michael Shapiro, Music Director and Conductor

Michael Shapiro is a noted American composer and conductor. Since 2002 Shapiro has been the music director and conductor of the Chappaqua Orchestra in New York’s Westchester County, which he conducted for the world premiere of his score for the classic 1931 film Frankenstein-The Movie Score (directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff) at the Jacob Burns Film Center (which has since its premiere received over a dozen productions nationally) as well as for the world premiere of his own orchestral work, Roller Coaster, which received its West Coast premiere under the baton of Marin Alsop in 2010 at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music while Shapiro was a composer in residence. He served for two years as the music consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., where he produced and performed music by a number of composers who were either murdered by the Germans and their collaborators or had survived as refugees from the Third Reich. He has also been the assistant conductor at the Zurich Opera Studio.

The son of a Klezmer band clarinetist, Michael Shapiro was born in Brooklyn, New York, and spent most of his high school years in Baldwin, a Long Island suburb. The winner of several piano competitions during his youth, he earned his B.A. at Columbia College, Columbia University, where he majored in English literature and concentrated in music, benefiting most—according to his own assessment—from some of the department’s stellar musicology faculty, which, at that time, included such international luminaries as Paul Henry Lang, Denis Stevens, Joel Newman, and others.

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Michael Shapiro, Conductor

Cynthia Peterson, Executive Director

Pianist Cynthia Peterson performs works from a broad solo, chamber, and contemporary repertoire.  Her performances include the American Academy in Rome, radio broadcasts in Washington D.C. and Virginia, Anderson House Museum in Washington, D.C., Minnesota, and chamber music touring in Canada.  She has appeared at many venues in the New York area including the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, and the Garden State Center for the Arts.  As prize-winner of concerto competitions, she performed the Beethoven First Piano Concerto with the Philharmonic Symphony of Westchester, and the Gershwin Concerto with the Virginia Beach Pops Orchestra, and was soloist with several local orchestras including the Yonkers Civic Orchestra and the Westchester Youth Symphony. 

She appeared at Yale University and the Metropolitan Museum with violinist Kyung-Jun Kim, and as the featured pianist in works by John Corigliano at the CUNY Graduate Center Auditorium, her performance hailed by the composer as “extraordinary.”

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Cynthia Peterson

Eric Drucker, Artistic Director, Chamber Series

Eric Drucker is a graduate of the Crane School of Music and holds a Masters degree from Ithaca College. He also studied clarinet with Stanley Hasty at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Drucker has served as principal clarinetist and soloist with the Israel Sinfonietta, with which he participated in concert tours of Italy, France, Spain, and Germany, and he has performed in live radio broadcasts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Paris. He was also a member of the Sinfonietta Woodwind Quintet.

Eric Drucker is currently principal clarinetist with The Chappaqua Orchestra, Taconic Opera, and the Hawthorne Symphony in New Jersey, as well as performing regularly in chamber music recitals in the area.





Eric Drucker

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