Sobieska returns for New Music concerts

Violinist / Violist Wanda Sobieska will play two New Music Guild concerts this weekend.

She will be accompanied by pianist Anthony Ruggiero and clarinetist Marissa Lyerly for concerts that will include Henryk Wieniawski’s Polonaise in D Major, Bela Bartok’s Duet No. 21 Greeting for the New Year and works by Youngstown State University Professor Emeritus Robert Rollin.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, Sobieska is a fifth-generation musician / musicologist. She has appeared as a solo and chamber musician in the United States, Poland and Canada and regularly plays in many professional orchestras.

Sobieska also is 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. She also is the founder of www.freegig music.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 built a large following worldwide.

Ruggiero is an exceptionally talented pianist, organist and choir director who has worked at many churches in northeast Ohio and Florida and currently is a Dana School of Music faculty member.

Lyerly is completing her master of music performance degree in clarinet. She has served as principal clarinet of the Dana Wind Ensemble, the Dana Symphony Orchestra and in YSU opera productions.

Sobieska is creating a new arrangement from Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata “Wachet Auf,” also known as “Sleepers Wake,” for the trio, and the program also will include selections appropriate to the Christmas season.

Ruggiero will perform several of Rollin’s solo piano compositions. Lyerly will play the Youngstown premiere of Rollin’s “The Gifts of Spring,” originally composed for Kent faculty clarinetist Amitai Vardi.

Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, 421 Covington St., Youngstown, and 7 p.m. Saturday at Jefferson Congregational Church, 41 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson. Admission is free.

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