April 22, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio - The Repertory Strings will be performing at Mount Union College on Thursday, February 22 at 8 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall.

The group, which features several Mount Union students, includes violinists Yoko Kikutani, Sarah Craig, Jennifer Cancio, Sheila Patton, Jennifer Fanslau and Mairen Henriksen; violists Amanda Farley and Adam Deen; cellists Nathan England and Michelle Murray; and harpsichordists Kara Taczak, Rachel Schmidt and Kristen Dobish. They will be joined by Mount Union music faculty members Bohdan Subchak on violin, Dr. Jerome Miskell on viola, Dr. Elaine Anderson on cello and Alliance Symphony bassist John Vance.

Under the direction of Anderson, assistant professor of music, the group will be performing Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Vivaldi's La Notte. The performance will also include J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, under the direction of guest conductor and professor of music Dr. Lewis Phelps.

In addition, the featured soloist for the evening is award-winning bassoonist and Mount Union instructor of woodwinds Paul Wusow, whom the group will accompany on the Vivaldi bassoon concerto.

Also an accomplished flautist, oboist, clarinetist and saxophonist, Wusow has performed with numerous orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre and orchestras on Broadway. Locally he has performed with the Canton Symphony, Player's Guild of Canton and Ohio Ballet Orchestra. He has made several solo appearances throughout his career including his most recent recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

A 1985 graduate of Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio, Wusow began his formal study of music at the Eastman School of Music where he earned a bachelor of music degree in 1989. His graduate studies include a diploma from Norgest Musikkh'gskole in 1990, a master of music degree and master of arts degree from Kent State University in 1994 and a professional studies diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1996. Currently, he is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Manhattan School of Music.

Anderson founded the Repertory Strings in 1998. She holds a doctorate of musical arts in cello performance from the University of Alabama, a master of music degree in performance and theory from the Manhattan School of Music and a bachelor of music degree in string education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

The Repertory Strings concert is free and open to the public.

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