By Amy Wells
With age differences of more than 50 years, members of the Generations Trio bridge the gaps through a pure love of music.
The group, consisting of cellist John Sant'Ambrogio, pianist Judy Lynn Stillman and violinist DMitri Pogorelov, will perform "From Rameau to Ragtime" at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the School of Music Recital Hall in Glidden Hall.
"Their concert shows how music has evolved over about 200 years in a light and informal way," said W. Michael Parkinson, director of the School of Music. "This is not a concert where you will hear 'shhh;' the musicians are looking to reach out to the audience and expect interaction."
Stillman is artist-in-residence and professor of music at Rhode Island College in addition to serving as a piano and chamber music faculty at the New England Conservatory. She began playing piano at age 3, entered the Juilliard School at 10 and completed bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Juilliard.
Sant'Ambrogio has enjoyed an illustrious career as a cellist in top orchestras and chamber music ensembles for more than five decades. He was appointed principal cello of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1968 after being a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for nine years. In 1987, he founded and was the first artistic director of Strings in the Mountains.
Pogorelov is a prize-winning young virtuoso violinist and a seasoned performer. He is the youngest member of a well-known family of outstanding musicians in his native Russia. Pogorelov has won many international violin competitions before coming to the United States in 2001.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. Children and Ohio University students with a valid ID will be admitted free.
Visiting artist performs history
School of Music visiting artist James Hildreth grew up aspiring to play the organ.
After receiving his first instruction from his father who was formerly employed by the Schlicker Organ Co., Hildreth excelled at the instrument as a child and became a seasoned performer in his teens.
He will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Galbreath Chapel, offering works by Vincent Lubeck, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Heinrich Scheidemann, Johann Sebastian Bach, Henry Heron and Louis Vierne.
Hildreth received a bachelor's of music in organ performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a master's of sacred music from the Southern Methodist University.
Since 1987, Hildreth has served as the organist of the Broad Street Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio. He also has served as organist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for many years and traveled with the orchestra to perform in Carnegie Hall. In 2004, he was the first American to perform at the Organ Hall in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.
The concert is free and open to all.
The University Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at 4 p.m. Sunday in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
Their program titled "Flutes of Fantasy" features Alison Brown Sincoff, associate professor of flute, and includes Mozart's "Overture to The Magic Flute," Lukas Foss' "Renaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra" and Igor Stravinsky's "Suite for The Firebird."
Brown Sincoff has received awards at several national and international competitions including first prize in the 1996 National Flute Associations Piccolo Artist Competition and third prize in the Young Artist Competition. She was one of only two Americans selected to participate in the Fourth International Flute Competition held in Kobe, Japan.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. Children and Ohio University students with a valid ID will be admitted free. Tickets are available at the Memorial Auditorium Ticket Office (740-593-1780) and one hour before the performance.
Other arts events for this week include:
- The monthly Arts for Ohio Cinematheque series will have screenings Friday through Feb. 19 at the Athena Cinema on Court Street. Films featured this month are "Women in the Dunes," "Match Factory Girl," "Stranger than Paradise," "Rules of the Game" and "The Last Wave." Cinematheque films are free for students with a valid ID, including local high school students and those visiting from other universities. General admission is $4 per film. Visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/artsforohio/cinematheque.htm for more information.
- The faculty art exhibit "From Sabbatical" is on display at the Ohio University Art Gallery in Seigfred Hall through Feb. 21. The exhibit features work created by School of Art faculty members Art Werger, Robert Peppers and Marilyn Poeppelmeyer. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.
- Poetry writer-in-residence Olena Kalytiak Davis will give a public reading of her work at 7:30 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 18, at Galbreath Chapel. The residency is sponsored by the Program in Creative Writing and Department of English with support from the College of Arts and Sciences. Admission is free.
Updated Feb. 12, 2009.