The first concert, all-Roosevelt, at Sagamore Hill
April 20
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

J. Willard Roosevelt (1918-2008), TR's grandson, was quite an esteemed composer, a student of Nadia Boulanger, the husband of poet E.E. Cummings's daughter, and the creator of an opera and many songs and chamber works, scores and recordings of which are preserved in the American Composers Alliance Archives. Yet not one note of his music has been performed since his death at age 90 ten years ago.

We aim to change that, with these three free concerts, each containing different repertoire, mostly of his music. Reservations are requested, as we are anticipating and hoping for near-capacity attendance.
Support has come from a NYSCA Decentralization grant, his children Elizabeth Aldred and Dirck Roosevelt, his grandson Simon Roosevelt, the Theodore Roosevelt Association, the Long Island Composers Alliance (of which he was a member), and Friends of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library, which will be presenting its first classical concert in 18 years, devoted primarily to his music. Two of his children and one of his grandsons will be present.

The first concert, all-Roosevelt, at Sagamore Hill, Fri. Apr. 20 at 7pm, will feature the Sagamore Hill Band, conducted by Stephen Walker, in a Fanfare and two band pieces he wrote for Sagamore Hill in memory of Kermit, his father, along with a set of viola duets (Willard was a violist himself); music for solo flute and for flutes & fiddles, with flutist Andrew Bolotowsky, for whom the pieces were written; songs for voice & viola, performed by soprano Elizabeth Palmedo(whom he coached on them); and a Serenade for oboe, viola and cello. The performers also include oboist Terry Keevil, cellist Kurt Behnke, and violists Daniel Hyman and Stephen Gorgone.

Audience members are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on.

For more information contact:

Leonard J. Lehrman
Reference Librarian, OBENPL (since 1995)
First President (1991-98) and Archivist Emeritus, Long Island Composers Alliance
Tel. 516-825-2939


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