Fall Christmas Concerts with Accordionists Mary Tokarski and Joseph Natoli
The New Music Guild, Inc. will open its 2019-20 season in mid December with two internationally known accordionist guest artists: Mary Tokarski and Joseph Natoli. The first concert will be at 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 13th, 2019 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, 421 Covington Street in downtown Youngstown. The second program will take place at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at Jefferson Congregational Church (UCC), 41 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson, OH (near Ashtabula). Both concerts will include Christmas music and have free admission.
Mary currently serves as American Accordionists Association annual Festival Chair and 1st Vice President, and is a member of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG). Both organizations are members of the Confederation Internationale de Accordionistes, as well as IMC-UNESCO.
Tokarski’s appearances as orchestral soloist include the Auckland Symphony (New Zealand), the Prince George Philharmonic (Maryland), the Pioneer Valley Symphony (Massachusetts), the Waterbury Symphony (Connecticut), the Bronxville Pops Orchestra (New York), the Mantovani Orchestra (mainland China tour), the Wolf Trap Orchestra in a live performance of the sound track of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project at the New England Conservatory in Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts, and many more.
Mary has released 7 CD albums. She has performed in many countries all over the world. Along with piano and accordion teaching at her home studio, she travels extensively presenting workshops, master classes, coaching privately, and adjudicating for national and international juries.
Joseph Natoli is a Northeast Ohio native and organizer of the International Digital Electronic Accordion Symposium (IDEAS), which just completed its second season.
He recently released 2 CD Albums. He holds Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor in Computer Science from Youngstown State, and an MBA from Franklin University.
Natoli is a virtuoso performer on the accordion. He will perform several of his own compositions on the concerts. Tokarski and Natoli will perform several duets together.
In addition to an active career as performer and accordion teacher, Joe has worked in the Information Technology industry for major corporations and banks.
Violinist Gwyneth Rollin and pianist Robert Rollin, Coordinators of the New Music Guild, Inc., will open the concerts with several of Rollin’s original compositions.
There will be special parties honoring guest artists, Mary Tokarski and Joseph Natoli after each recital. Refreshments will be served. The New Music Guild, Inc. cordially invites the public to attend.