Notable musician – and now author – Sharon Ruchman will sign copies of her new book, The Gift of Rudy, a remarkable story about her great uncle Rudy, a virtuoso violinist who died at the young age of twenty-five. Since her early childhood, Ruchman heard stories about Rudy and longed to know more about his life. Twenty five years ago, she received his sheet music from a distant cousin. Other treasures, such as photos, documents and letters belonging to Rudy presented themselves, as Ruchman continued to make discoveries about him that would transform her life.
More information about the book, along with samples of the music featured in the story can be found a:t www.thegiftofrudy.com
Sharon Ruchman began piano studies at the age of 8. When she was in junior high and high school, she studied with Rosetta Goodkind, a teacher at the Julliard School of Music. In 1971 she graduated from the New England Conservatory where she was a voice major, graduating in 1971. While there, she accompanied the Conservatory chorus under the direction of Lorna Cooke DeVaron and conductor Seiji Ozawa.
Sharon went on to attend the Ambler Music Festival sponsored by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Blossom Music Festival, sponsored by the Cleveland Orchestra, where she was chosen to sing in the chamber choir under the direction of choral conductor, Robert Shaw.
At Yale School of Music, Sharon was an alto soloist with the Yale Glee Club and New Haven chorale. She was invited to participate in the opera program at the Norfolk Music Festival in Norfolk, CT.
After graduate school, Sharon taught music in the West Haven public schools. In 2007, she returned to Yale to continue her composition studies with Orianna Webb.
In 2008, she released her first chamber music 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, composer’s organization. Her piece “Day at Play and Day’s End” was performed at the Women Composer’s Festival in Hartford. Her compositions have also aired on WMNR and WSHU, classical radio stations in CT. and several radio stations throughout the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Sharon was featured in the January/February 2013 issue of Fanfare Magazine.
She is presently studying viola with Jill Pellett Levine, a violist with the New Haven Symphony, and has created music for two children’s book series “Little Brown Bear” and “Wanda Wannabee” with Susan A. Katz, teacher, author, and poet.
Her resume and samples of her music can be found at: sharonruchman.com
Sunday, December 9, 2 pm
The Hickory Stick Bookshop
2 Green Hill Road