Former village merchant performs Bach and more

On Saturday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m., composer, pianist, and former Cold Spring shopkeeper Mikko Taylor returns to The Chapel Restoration with a solo piano program. He will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach (the partita in c minor and a selection of preludes and fugues); the Finnish composer Erkki Melartin; Russian-Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich; and Taylor himself.

A lifelong Putnam County resident, the 30-year-old Taylor holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition from Mannes College of Music and has been playing the piano since age 4. He has performed in New York, Toronto, Prague, and St. Petersburg, and his compositions have been performed throughout the United States (including Lincoln Center), as well as in Finland and the Czech Republic.

Taylor will return to the chapel Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m., with a stage work entitled Visiting with Shostakovich.

There is a suggested donation of $15 (or $10 for students or seniors). The Chapel Restoration is located at 45 Market St. in Cold Spring. Parking at the Metro-North lot across the street is free on weekends. For information, visit

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