New Music Guild Opens with Events in Memory of Betty Bannon
The New Music Guild, Inc. will open its 2021-22 season at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, 421 Covington St. in downtown Youngstown, with 2 events in memory of long time Board member, Elizabeth Bannon. Betty diligently served as Guild Secretary for many years, and was a guiding force in planning concerts and choosing guest artists. Everyone in the Guild will miss her.
The organization focuses on performance of works by living composers, sponsoring visits by composers and performers, and concert/lecture events for elementary and high schools.
The Church’s Saturday 4:00 pm November 6th Memorial Mass for Elizabeth Bannon will include special music presented by Guild Coordinators, violinist, Gwyneth Rollin and pianist, Robert Rollin. The pair will play Robert Rollin’s Lyric Counterpoint on a Theme by Warshawsky, which they recently performed at Bannon’s funeral. Two other works will complement portions of the prayers.
On Sunday, November 7th, the Guild will feature violinist/violist, Wanda Sobieska, along with the Rollins, in the second Memorial Concert for Elizabeth Bannon.
Sobieska is a frequent guest artist on the Guild series. She will perform her own transcription of the 18th variation from Rachmaninov’s, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, and works by Vivaldi, and Robert Rollin.
Based in northeast Ohio, She is active as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. Recent engagements include the Ashland Symphony, Tuscarawas Philharmonic, Porthouse Theater at Blossom, Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Massillon, and Bluewater Kings Band.
She is also a prolific arranger: her website, freegigmusic.com, has served musicians since 2009 and receives 1000 visitors a day from all over the world. Her work has been featured by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, and Metropolitan Opera.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, she is the fifth generation in a family of musicians and musicologists. She holds a B.M. in violin performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
An after party in honor of Betty Bannon and Wanda Sobieska will take place at the Church immediately following the Sunday afternoon concert.