Lily Arbisser and Leo Treitler


Concert Date and Time: Friday, August 24, 2018, 8:00 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $15 general admission or $13 for Byrdcliffe members – tickets available for purchase online or by calling 845.679.2079

On Friday, August 24, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild presents an evening of classical song in its Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street. The soloist is Lily Arbisser, a soprano who has performed the title role in Handel's Theodora, the role of Monica in Menotti's The Medium, and as the soprano soloist in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Ms. Arbisser will be accompanied on the Kleinert/James's 1926 Steinway by pianist and musicological scholar Leo Treitler.

Tickets are $15 general admission, or $13 for Byrdcliffe members. Purchase online, by calling 845.679.2079, or at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm; the concert begins at 8:00 pm.


Lily Arbisser and Leo Treitler Concert - $15 (not-yet member price)

Lily Arbisser and Leo Treitler Concert - $13 (Byrdcliffe member price)

The August 24 program at the Kleinert/James covers a wide expressive range of songs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, calling for an equally wide range of vocal styles—and Ms. Arbisser is eminently up to the task. Arbisser and Treitler will open the evening with Robert Schumann's Op. 39 Liederkreis, twelve musical settings of work by Romantic poet and novelist Josef Eichendorff. Soprano Arbisser will then take the audience on a trip through the sometimes bawdy, sarcastic cabaret of the Weimar Republic with music of Kurt Weill, including his pulsing "Tango Habanera-Youkali." Vocal compositions by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Astor Piazzolla round out the evening.

Ms. Arbisser and Mr. Treitler are generously donating their talents to the performance in the spirit of keeping artistic programming alive at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, whose long-standing interdisciplinary mission is sustained by this kind of collaborative spirit—as vibrant today as it was in 1903, when Byrdcliffe set in motion what has since become known as the Woodstock Art Colony.

A native of Davenport, Iowa, Lily Arbisser is a frequent soloist with choral groups in and around the New York area, most recently appearing in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with Ars Choralis of Woodstock, NY and Handel's Laudate pueri with the Harford Choral Society. Other concert credits include the title role in Handel's Theodora with the Columbia University Bach Society, as well as the soprano soloist in Handel's Israel in Egypt during the American Handel Society Festival. Arbisser was an avid instrumentalist from an early age, distinguishing herself on cello, French horn, and piano. At the age of seventeen, she was featured as the piano soloist in a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Quad City Wind Ensemble. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Archaeology and a Certificate in Vocal Performance. She holds a Master of Music degree from Mannes College the New School for Music. For more information visit

Accompanist Leo Treitler was born in Dortmund, Germany, from which he fled with his family to the U.S. in 1938. He studied at the University of Chicago and Princeton University, receiving advanced degrees from those and an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and has taught and lectured at numerous other universities internationally. His performances as pianist concentrate on chamber music and the accompaniment of singers. Mr. Treitler's wife, internationally known artist Mary Frank, will create a drawing for the program cover.