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Saugerties Pro Musica

September 16th, 2012 3 PM

Palisades Virtuosi
Flute, Piano & Clarinet Trio





Program  Bios 




BIOS:   About Palisades Virtuosi

 Margaret Swinchoski, flutist, began her musical studies at the age of nine in Vermont.  She graduated with degrees and high honors both in Performing Arts and Music Education from Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont.   She received her Master of Arts degree from Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.  Ms. Swinchoski was a featured soloist at the National Flute Association Convention in the World Premiere of Leo Kraft’s “From The Hudson Valley”, recently premiered Richard Lane’s Flute Concerto with the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as a concerto soloist with many other orchestras.  She was presented in her debut recital by Artists International at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall.  She has served as principal flutist with the Westchester and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras, and travels to Ohio each summer to play principal flute with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra.    She was recently honored with an Outstanding Alumni Award from her alma mater in Vermont.  Her solo debut CD “From The Hudson Valley” was released by Albany Records in 2000 and garnered rave reviews from “Fanfare” magazine and “American Record Guide”.  Ms. Swinchoski can also be heard on the Newport Classics, CRI and High Point labels.   She is a founding member of the Palisades Virtuosi.

Donald Mokrynski, clarinetist, is a native to metropolitan New York and has played with many of the area’s finest ensembles.   Most recently Don was principal clarinetist with the national tour of  “Phantom of the Opera” and with “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” starring Michael Crawford.  Mr. Mokrynski has also performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, Solisti New York, and Orchestra New England, as well as the Jersey Lyric, New Haven and Connecticut Grand Opera Companies.  An avid chamber musician, Don has performed with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and is a founding member of the Palisades Virtuosi.  Graduating with honors from the Eastman School of Music and completing a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, Don has also attended the music festivals of Aspen, Waterloo and Heidelberg and has recorded for Koch International, Soundstream, Elektra and High Point records.

Ron Levy, internationally acclaimed pianist, has been called "first-class" by the New York Times.  He regularly appears as a soloist, and in partnership with many of the world's leading singers and instrumentalists.  A graduate of Oberlin, Mr. Levy is a founding member of the Hudson Trio, Kaleidoscope, the New World Trio, the Manchester Chamber Players, the Breucklen Trio and the Award-winning Palisades Virtuosi; he has been pianist and harpsichordist of the Oberlin Orchestra, the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey and North Jersey Philharmonics, the Westchester Symphony, and the Albany Symphony. Presently he is Associate Artist with the All Seasons Chamber Players, and is the pianist of the Orpheus Men's Chorus.  For over 20 years, Mr. Levy was associated with the Manchester (VT) Music Festival, of which he was a faculty and Board member.  While living in Vermont, he was Music Director & Conductor of the Opera Theatre in Weston, and impresario of the "Third Saturday" chamber music series at the historic Equinox Hotel, as well as the "Music on the Hill" series at the Southern Vermont Art Center.  A champion of new music, he has been the recipient of a considerable number of works written for him by prominent composers.  Mr. Levy has taught at numerous colleges, and is currently an instructor at Montclair State University, Kean University and the Ridgewood Conservatory; he maintains an active and on-going affiliation with the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and NJ PAC.  Recently, Mr. Levy conceived two "mini-festivals," one based on music inspired by the "Ondine" myth, the other on works by "Les Six," which were presented by the NY Public Library at Lincoln Center in 2006 & 2007.  In 2008 Mr. Levy played in St. Petersburg, Russia, and at the venerable Stratford (CA) Summer Music Festival (with Palisades Virtuosi).  A two-term President of the Professional Music Teachers Guild of NJ, he is a contributing editor to BIM Music Publications, Switzerland.  Recordings by Mr. Levy are available on the Albany, Centaur, Eroica, Koch International, MMF and High Point labels.


All concerts are on Sunday at 3 PM

at the Saugerties United Methodist Church

on the corner of Washington Avenue & Post Street

Admission $12 - Seniors $10 - Students Free

BOOK of FIVE Tickets $40.00 

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PO Box 276
Saugerties NY 12477

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