Classical Concert with
Composer and Pianist Sharon Ruchman
& Cellist Mary Costanza

Contemporary classical music composer & pianist Sharon Ruchman accompanied by cellist Mary Costanza, both of Washington, will perform a selection of duets for piano and cello of Ms. Ruchman’s original compositions. This recital is Sunday, October 8 at 2 pm at the Gunn Memorial Library.

Sharon’s compositions have been described as having a unique, transcending quality. They are distinctive, contemporary style that includes a classical music orientation.  Some pieces have a chamber music feel and others provide an upbeat, yet also soothing quality. Her pieces are lyrical since she loves writing beautiful melodies – serenity set to melody – and offer a variety of sounds and colors with all textural elements combined.

Mary and Sharon’s performance includes a selection of signature pieces and begins with “Exultation” followed by “Sea Glass”, “Translucence” (2 movements), “Slow Tango”, “Milonga”, “Variations on a Theme in F” and finishes with “Sonata in F# minor”.

Sharon Ruchman graduated from New England Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music Degree in education and earned her Master of Music Degree at the Yale School of Music.  She was a soloist in the “Mozart Requim” with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and in the summer of 2006, she returned to Yale to study composition privately with Orianna Webb. She has continued to perform locally and compose. In 2008, she released her first classical contemporary CD featuring “Sea Glass.” Subsequently, she completed the following CDs: “Arrival of Spring,” “Remembrance, “Textures,” “Love and Ceremony,” and “A Bit of Tango.” Sharon’s “Piece for Cello and Piano” was chosen to be played in San Francisco by NACUSA, a composer’s organization. Her piece “Day at Play and Day’s End” was performed at the Women Composer’s Festival in Hartford last spring. Her compositions have also aired on radio stations worldwide. Sharon is a member of NACUSA, American Composers Forum, American Music Center and IAWM (Alliance for Women Composers). For more information visit sharonruchman.com

Mary Costanza made her concert debut at age seventeen with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra after winning the prestigious Albright Award at the Eastman Theatre. As a fellow of the National Orchestral Association she performed a full season of concerts in Carnegie Hall. Mary is a former member of the Rochester Philharmonic, and is currently assistant principal cellist of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Costanza holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where she studied with Zara Nelsova. Along with her busy performing schedule, she is also a member of the music faculty at the Hotchkiss School, The Gunnery, and maintains a private teaching studio for students of all ages.

Copies of the musicians CDs will be available for purchase.

Sunday, October 8, 2 pm

Free

Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington

860.868.7586
gunnprograms@biblio.org