Vista Lirica will be performing a concert to raise funds to meet our objectives for upcoming projects and concerts.  Originally slated for 9 Dec 2017, this event will take place in March 2018 – details to be posted.

To those who bought tickets (and refused returned remittance in favor of making donations), and to those who made donations – many thanks!!

This event is being organized with the help of Board member and Silver Spring, MD resident, Gloria Weissman.  (Please contact Gloria at for questions about tickets, volunteering, and donations; scroll down for Paypal ticket sales and donations.)

Vista Lirica’s projects are two-fold:  We give standard formatted concerts, as most chamber music ensembles do; we also are putting out a timely philosophy about our place in the world as musicians, and as citizens of this planet.

Too long, in my opinion, has classical music been relegated to a boxed-in, remote corner of the goings-on in this world; it’s time for the great music that we play to take its place in a growing consciousness movement which shows us, for example, that our projected emotions effect the structure of water.  With that in mind, what music shall we project out into the world and how shall we present it?

This can all sound like rather hackneyed clichés, but as I write this, I realize that I have also listened to and read many accounts of physicists who see, just as Sufi mystics had seen 5,000 years ago, that consciousness is a basic energy that pervades our universe, as a higher octave of light, as an etheric cosmic bloodline.  Many of the Romantics saw this clearly, and all of my delvings-in to these matters has informed my perspective as a musician on this planet at this time.  I realize the importance of this stance more and more as our planet’s ecology is chipped away at day by day.

Of course, it’s important to present the highest artistic standards as musicians.  Our audiences know how brilliant our performances are.  But we are less about the ‘marketability’ of the musicians of Vista Lirica  and more about the larger picture.  I know people like fill out their score cards about performers, but I would like to invite everyone to pay more attention to the larger picture with us and help to expand Vista Lirica’s reach.

As far as the above is concerned, do you know who won the Tchaikovsky Competition last year?  I don’t.   Such things are fast and fleeting; music, on the other hand, is eternal.  Ergo, Vista Lirica has set its sights on moving beyond the confines of the ‘box’ and its manufacturer; we are asking all of you to make that move with us. (That said, Itamar Zorman who played the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with us, did win the silver medal in the Tchaikovsky Competition!)

So much ‘talk’, and there is all of talk on this site —  it’s important to write about this and share it with whomever is interested in reading it.

It’s also important to show how all this talk translates into action:

Intended program for the fundraising concert:
Max Bruch: Pieces for clarinet, viola and piano, Op. 83 ~ Eugène Ysaÿe: Ballade for solo violin
N. Rynston:  2 Cantorial Arias for solo clarinet [click to listen to one] ~ Jorge López Marín: Trio for clarinet, violin and piano ~
Aram Khachaturian: Trio for clarinet, violin and piano

Concerts at Renée Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House:
November 3, 2017 and April 20, 2018 – save the dates!  We will also present repertory from these concerts for the Greenwich House Settlement community.  Vista Lirica is ensemble-in-residence at Greenwich House.

Farm to Table Music:
a collaboration with Glynwood Farms (Hudson Valley, NY) – pairing chamber music and farmer chefs from the Hudson Valley; at venues in NYC and the Hudson Valley.  We will see what great ideas and actions can emanate from the alchemy of bringing together great music, great food, and like-minded people.

Concerts at sites connected to the Oglala aquifers in Nebraska, one of the world’s largest natural water repositories, under threat by the oil pipeline construction.  This is being organized with assistance from the Romero Institute.

Transfigured Night:
A fundraiser for Vista Lirica and Greenwich House, featuring Norm Lewis singing from the American Songbook, and chamber music of Schönberg, Bernstein and others – the wonderful mix of music from the of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Broadway and affiliated classical composers.

of repertory from past concerts and Neoromantic works including Steven Burke’s Quintet for clarinet and strings.  This new work will be a monumental addition to the chamber music repertory, dedicated to Vista Lirica and initiated by the composer.

Special thanks again to Gloria Weissman and my great friend and great pianist Marty Perry who set his sights on joining us from Maine for this event.

Thank you from artistic director Neil Rynston


Vista Lirica exists through the collaboration of patrons, donors, artists, website visitors,
loyal audience members, and all those who share our vision.

Vista Lirica (EIN #58-2640364) has maintained non-for-profit corporation status since 2004;
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316 West 94th St., 5C
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