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    Lesser, Diane

    English horn player and oboist who attended the Juilliard School of Music, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Norwalk High School, and Queens College.


    In 1979, she became one of the first members of the newly formed Long Island Philharmonic. 


    Other groups with whom she has worked include Amici New York, the Brandenburg Ensemble, the Eos Ensemble, the Glorious Wind Quintet, the Greenwich Symphony, I Solisti da Camera, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, the Little Orchestral Society, Musica Sacra, the National Chorale Orchestra, the National Orchestral Association, the New Calliope Singers, the New York Pops, the New York String Orchestra, the Oratorio Society, the Voices of Ascension Chorus & Orchestra, and the Warner Bros. Symphony Orchestra.


    On 14th November 2009, the Long Island Philharmonic celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fantasy for Chorus, Orchestra and Piano”, with the Long Island Philharmonic Chorus, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488”, with soloist Seymour Lipkin, and Franz Schubert’s “Symphony in B minor” (“Unfinished”).


    The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony opened their 2010-2011 season with a pair of recitals on 17th and 18th October at Round Hill Community Church and the Bruce Museum that included Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Sonata for Viola and Piano” and Samuel Barber’s “Summer Music for Woodwind Quintet”.


    On 29th April 2012, they were back at Round Hill where Diane and pianist Andrew Gordon interpreted Francis Poulenc’s “Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Op. 185”. 


    Recordings on which Diane appears include:  The Album Collection by Amy Winehouse; All My Friends Are Here by Arif Mardin; At the Movies by Dave Koz; Bugs Bunny on Broadway by the Warner Bros. Symphony Orchestra; Can’t Help Singing:  A New Look at Jerome Kern Classics by the Voices of Ascension Chorus & Orchestra; Duets:  Friends and Legends by Anne Murray; Duets II by Tony Bennett; MDNA by Madonna; Music for Merce by the Eos Ensemble; New Cantatas and Madrigals by the New Calliope Singers; Romancing the ‘60s by Franki Valli; Snowfall in the Sahara by Natalie Cole; Songs from the Last Century by George Michael; Songs I Heard by Harry Connick, Jr.; Songwriter by Paul Simon; and, Who Might Sing in All the Muted Woods, with pianist Joel Mandelbaum.


    In the field of music education, she has served as an adjunct lecturer as Queens College.



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