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Violinist/Violist Wanda Sobieska returns as Annual Fall Concerts featured guest artist to open the New Music Guild, Inc. season with two free admission events. Pianist Anthony Ruggiero and clarinetist Marissa Lyerly will assist her.
The first concert will be 7:00 p.m. Friday December 7th, 2018 at Saints Peter and Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, 421 Covington Street in downtown Youngstown. If you take Lincoln Ave. west from 5th Ave. on the YSU Campus, it intersects Covington after about half a mile. The brown brick Art Nouveau church has an attractive steeple and will be on your right. It is a gorgeous acoustic space.
The second concert will be 7:00 p.m. Saturday December 8th, 2018 at Jefferson Congregational Church (UCC), an attractive small red brick church built in 1835.
It is at 41 East Jefferson Street in Jefferson, Ohio. It is an intimate space with excellent acoustics. Both churches will sponsor special receptions in honor of Sobieska, Ruggiero, and Lyerly.
The concerts will include Henryk Wieniawski’s Polonaise in D Major, Bela Bartok’s Duet No. 21 Greeting for the New Year, works by Youngstown State University Professor Emeritus, Robert Rollin, and more.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, Sobieska belongs to the fifth generation of a family of musicians and musicologists. She has appeared as solo and chamber musician in the United States, Poland, and Canada. She regularly plays in many professional orchestras. She began studying violin at the age of five, and attended the Grazyna Bacewicz School of Music in Warsaw, the Cleveland Music School Settlement, and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Violin Performance summa cum laude.
Sobieska is also a gifted arranger and has studied composition for many years. Recent arranging engagements include commissions by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the English Symphony Orchestra. In 2009 she launched www.freegigmusic.com, a website dedicated to making much-needed sheet music available to working musicians. Featuring her own practical arrangements of commonly requested pieces available for free while adhering to standards of high quality, the site has a surprisingly large following worldwide.
Dana alumni Anthony Ruggiero is an exceptionally talented pianist, organist, and choir director who has worked at many churches in Northeast Ohio and Florida.
Currently a Dana Faculty member, he is known for his accuracy and expressiveness as a performer. Melissa Lyerly is completing her clarinet Master of Music performance degree in Clarinet under her mentor, Professor Alice Wang and has played next to her in the Opera Western Reserve Orchestra. She has served as principal clarinet of the Dana Wind Ensemble, the Dana Symphony Orchestra, and in University Opera Productions. Her passion for the clarinet includes a strong interest in chamber music.
Sobieska is making a new arrangement for the trio performers. It will be a version from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata, Wachet Auf, also known as Sleepers Wake. There will also be selections appropriate to the Christmas season.
The trio will also perform Dana Emeritus Professor Robert Rollin’s Trio on a Poem by D. H. Lawrence. Ruggiero will perform several of Rollin’s solo piano compositions. Lyerly will play the Youngstown premiere of Rollin’s The Gifts of Spring for solo Bb Clarinet originally composed for Kent faculty clarinetist Amitai Vardi.