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You are Invited! Steinway Piano Dedication & Reception on October 15


You are cordially invited to attend The Dedication and Celebration of the Steinway Piano at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, October 15  at 5:00 p.m.   Guest Artists: Jonathan Yasuda, piano;  joined by Thomas Carroll, clarinet; Denise Fan, cello; and The St. Mary’s Choir. Works by Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Copland, Lauridsen and others. This event is free and open to the public.

Piano Dedication Performers With a sound described as “beautifully warm” (Herald Times) and “sweet and agile” (New York Times), period clarinetist and instrument builder Thomas Carroll performs extensively throughout North America and Europe on historical instruments.  Thomas frequently collaborates with early music specialists, working with such notable early music societies as Clarion Music and Handel and Haydn.  He serves as clarinet faculty for chamber music festivals across the country, delivering concerts and masterclasses, and teaches locally at the Brookline School of Music.  An interest in instrument mechanics and acoustics has led Thomas to a secondary career as an instrument builder and extensive research into 18th and 19th century wood treatment and seasoning.  He studied woodworking and instrument construction with Linda Shortridge, Rob Turner, and Paul Beekhuizen, and builds chalumeaux, baroque, and classical clarinets, and basset instruments for use in historically-informed performance ensembles.

Born in Hong Kong, cellist Denise Fan has performed internationally as solo and guest artist.  She is an active educator of period cello performance, recently lecturing at the Chichibu International Music Festival in Japan, and collaborates with local schools, universities and ensembles such as Handel and Haydn Society, American Baroque Orchestra, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Collegium Musicum Hong Kong. She performs as principal cellist of the Boston Chamber Symphony.  The honorary recipient of such scholarships as the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship, Sir Edward Youde Memorial and Honorary Scholarships, and inductee of the American National Music Honor Society (Pi Kappa Lambda), Denise is specializing in Historical Performance as a D.M.A. candidate at Boston University.  She obtained her M.M. in Historical Performance from Boston University, and B.A. (Hons.) in Music from Hong Kong Baptist University with First Class Honor, receiving the scholastic award. Her teachers and mentors include Rhonda Rider, Sarah Freiberg, Laura Jeppesen, Peter Sykes, Johnny Poon and Ray Wang.  Denise believes in the importance of outreach projects, and performs with the Volunteer Musicians for the Arts, and has served as the project coordinator for the BU Arts Lab.

Jonathan Yasuda believes everyone deserves orchestra seats and actively seeks talented musicians who see the value of delivering concerts beyond the walls of the traditional concert hall.  In 2012, Jonathan founded the 501(c)3 nonprofit Volunteer Musicians for the Arts, Inc., to deliver free, professional chamber music performances, to patients and visitors at local hospitals and schools.  Whether it’s planning seasonal or special program concerts with the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Music Therapy team, Jonathan and VMA Artists in Residence (Thomas and Denise, et alii) donate their time to bring relief to both the countless caregivers, patients, and visitors passing through the MGH main lobby or cancer floor hallways.  Jonathan predominantly spends the academic year in his teaching studio at the College of the Holy Cross, educating music majors and nonmajors as the Music Department Performance Faculty Pianist.  He concurrently serves as the recently appointed College Choir Accompanist.  Jonathan is blessed to have studied under exceptional teachers of diverse disciplines, hailing from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston Conservatory of Music, Berklee College of Music, College of the Holy Cross, and New England School of Law.

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