Margaret Swinchoski, flute
Ron Levy, piano
Paul Mack Somers, narrator
|- Program -|
|Pyotr Tchaikovsky||The Seasons, Op. 37a [1875-6; epigrams selected by Nikolay Bernard]|
|(1840 – 1893)||January: By the Hearth [epigram by Alexander Pushkin}
February: Carnival [Pyotr Vyazemsky]
March: Song of the Lark [Apollon Maykov]
April: Snow-Bell [A. Maykov]
May: Starlit Night [Afanasy Fet]
June: Barcarolle [Aleksey Pleshcheyev]
July: Song of the Reaper [Aleksey Koltsov]
August: Harvest Song [A. Koltsov]
September: The Hunt [A. Pushkin, Graf Nulin]
October: Autumn Song [Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy]
November: Troika [Nikolay Nekrasov]
December: Christmas [Vasily Zhukovsky]
|Messrs. Levy & Somers|
|- Intermission -|
|Sergei Prokofiev||Sonata in D Major, Op. 94, for Flute & Piano |
|(1891 – 1953)||I. Andantino
II. Scherzo: Allegretto scherzando
IV. Allegro con brio
|Ms. Swinchoski & Mr. Levy|
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” and also premiered Richard Lane’s Flute Concerto with the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra.
She has appeared as a concerto soloist with many other orchestras. Ms. Swinchoski 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.
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 formed the Legacy Duo with harpist Emily Mitchell in 2006 with which she concertized through the tri-state area and with whom she was heard on radio and television stations in the New York area.
As a founding member of the Palisades Virtuosi, she has commissioned and premiered over 70 works for flute, clarinet & piano from such well-known composers as Paul Moravec, Melinda Wagner, Eric Ewazen, Carlos Franzetti, Robert Manno, Dan Cooper, Frank Ezra Levy & Allen Shawn among others. PV has concertized through the trip-state area and in Hawaii and Canada. Volumes 1 thru 5 of PV's New American Masters series have been released by Albany Records and to date have received several fantastic reviews including being named to the Fanfare Magazine "Most Wanted" lists! She recently joined the faculty of the Ridgewood Conservatory of Music. Ms. Swinchoski was honored recently with an Outstanding Alumni Award from Vermont's Johnson State College.
Ron Levy, internationally acclaimed pianist, has been called "first-class" by the New York Times. He regularly appears in major venues, both as a soloist, and in partnership with many of the world's leading singers and instrumentalists. A graduate of Oberlin, Mr. Levy has been pianist and harpsichordist of the Oberlin Orchestra, the Westchester Symphony, and the Albany Symphony, among others.
Presently, he is the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood Music Director, Associate Artist with the All Seasons Chamber Players, and is the pianist of the Orpheus Men's Chorus and the award-winning Palisades Virtuosi of which he is a founding member. 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" music series at the Southern Vermont Art Center.
Mr. Levy has taught at numerous colleges and is currently an instructor at Montclair State University; he maintains an active and on-going affiliation with the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and NJ PAC. A two-term President of the Professional Music Teachers' Guild of NJ, he is a contributing editor to BIM Music Publications, Switzerland. In the Spring of 2011 Mr. Levy made his debut at the Academy of the Arts and the University in Oahu, Hawaii. Recordings by Mr. Levy are available on the Albany, Centaur, Eroica, Koch International, MMF and High Point labels.
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