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Piano at Noon: Peekskill’s classical music series to feature Matt Marano and Kessa Mefford this Tuesday

Piano at Noon is the first public, monthly classical music concert series in the City of Peekskill
Matt Marano, tenor. Kessa Mefford, piano.

Kessa Mefford is an award-winning concert pianist and musician who has a studio and lives in Peekskill. In December 2022, Kessa made her Carnegie Hall debut with a historic program; “Ravel: All of It,” the complete art songs of Ravel with soprano Kristina Cook which can be purchased on or via Itunes or Amazon. 

Ravel: Noël des jouets - Kristina Cook and Kessa Mefford via YouTube @kessamefford


Kessa wanted to bring classical music to Peekskill and a few years ago began hosting classical musicians monthly in a series called “Piano at Noon”. Piano at Noon is the first public classical music concert series in the City of Peekskill. The classical lunchtime concert series will be held at the Mefford Music Studio at 1016 Brown St, also referred to as the Paramount East or the Masonic Temple. The venue is an intimate space, with the capacity to seat 25-30.

This Tuesday, March 12 at Noon, tenor Matt Marano will join Kessa Medford in performing art songs in French, German, English, and Italian, by Debussy, Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Rossini, and Tosti. Matt has been singing with Taconic Opera since 2020. He most recently appeared as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos. Before that he appeared in Taconic Opera’s productions of Manon by Massenet, Manon Lescaut by Puccini, and La Traviata by Verdi. He has also appeared with the New York Opera Conservatory in the lead roles of Norma, Lucia di Lammermoor, Pearl Fishers, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Il Tabarro, Tosca, and Elixir of Love. Matthew graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Tickets for the March 12 and all “Piano at Noon” series can be purchased using this link and are $10 if reserved in advance. Tickets can also be bought at the door for $15 via cash or Venmo. The series will still accept donations from attendees who wish to contribute more than this! All proceeds go directly to the performing artists. More upcoming dates, performers, and repertoire for the series will be added as they are scheduled. 

Don’t miss April 5, 2024 when pianist Cade Roberts will perform the complete Schubert Sonata D.960. This was Schubert’s last sonata before his death, and one of the most beautiful pieces of piano music ever composed. Cade Robets is an active recitalist and chamber musician who has performed throughout Europe and the United States including at Carnegie Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Pärnu Concert Hall (Estonia), and St. Peter’s Church (Vienna). Recent engagements have included performances at the Gijón International Piano Festival (Spain), Orchestra of St. Luke’s Young Artists Series, and New York Estonian House. In May he will earn a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he studies with Marc Silverman.

Follow Kessa Mefford on Facebook and on Instagram via the hyperlinks. 

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As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]