2019-20 Concert Series

We are excited to announce our 2019-20 Concert Series featuring Andrew Sords, Bryan Pezzone, and Nanette Kaplan Solomon. Series Subscriptions are $60 or individual concert tickets are $25 each.

An Evening of Romantic Violin with Andrew Sords

October 10, 7 pm

Andrew Sords.jpg

Cleveland’s Andrew Sords is a celebrated violinist who has collaborated with more than 300 orchestras across the globe! He has received numerous awards and distinctions throughout his career, including the 2012 Pittsburgh Concert Society Career Grant and the 2005 National Shirley Valentin Award. In celebration of Beethoven's 250th Anniversary this year, Sords will tour extensively throughout 2019-20 with the Beethoven sonata and trio cycles, the Triple Concerto and Violin Concerto, and his complete chamber music ensemble. These appearances will include venues of all shapes and sizes in Australia, Mexico, British Columbia, the Caribbean, Yukon Territory, and the United States.

A man of diverse interests and passions, Sords is the only classical musician to havecompeted in Pittsburgh's Dancing With The Stars. He has performed numerous times for LGBT outreach in collaborations with the Minnesota Philharmonic, the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, and the Atlanta Philharmonic, and is a popular guest on Sirius XM's Derek and Romaine Show, NPR'S Morning Edition, and other public media platforms. Sords's recent collaboration with Sean Christopher on the New-Age album "Transcendence" has been met with commercial and critical success.

Sords will be appearing at the Hoyt with Elizabeth DeMio, piano, to perform the romantic works of Beethoven, Franck, Chopin, and Wieniawski.

Holiday Concert with Bryan Pezzone

December 5, 7 pm


Bryan Pezzone has been performing and recording in the Los Angeles area since 1987. He is known as a versatile performer of classical, contemporary and improvisational styles. He performs with composers and musicians as diverse as Pierre Boulez, John Williams,and John Adams, and has recorded count­less film and television soundtracks. He is the pianist for Free Flight, a crossover classical/jazz quartet, and initiated the "FREEDOM SERIES", concerts merging improv with verbal musings on life. He was principal pianist in the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra ( 1991-1999), and the former chair/founder of the keyboard department at the California Institute of the Arts (1987-2000). He has since been redefining his role as an artist and person in today's complex culture.

Classical Trio with Nanette Kaplan Solomon

March 12, 7 pm

Nanette Kaplan Solomon.jpg

Nanette Kaplan Solomon received her early training at the Juilliard School. She earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Yale College, her M.M. from the Yale School of Music, and her D.M.A. from Boston University School for the Arts. As Professor Emerita of Music at Slippery Rock University, she coordinated and instructed the piano program from 1977-2014. She continues to perform at lecture-recitals nationally and internationally as a member of the College Music Society. She has been a soloist with orchestras in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, as well as a featured artist with the Butler, Youngstown and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. Among numerous accolades are the French Embassy award from the French Piano Institute, a fellowship to the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, semi-finalist in the University of Maryland International competition, and finalist in "Search for a Star" sponsored by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Marvin Hamlisch. Solomon is a founding member of the Slippery Rock Piano Trio and the Kaplan Duo with her sister, pianist Iris Kaplan Rosenthal.

Solomon will be joined by Janice Coppola, clarinet, and Roy Sonne, violin, to perform Salon to the Shtetl: Works for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano by Stravinsky, Khachaturian and Paul Schoenfield.