Marimba in Morristown: Music At Noon features Greg Giannascoli, Jan. 17

Music At Noon, the concert series sponsored by Music At Morristown United Methodist Church, continues its 33rd season with a concert on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, featuring Greg Giannascoli, marimba with Rob Strabinsky, piano.

The concert will feature Gerswin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and selections from “West Side Story.”  The concert will be held in the church sanctuary at 50 Park Place (on the Green).

A light luncheon will be available for purchase before or after the concert (11:30 am to 1:30 pm).  There is a suggested donation of $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students are FREE.  Free childcare is available during the concert.  The sanctuary is handicapped accessible.  For further information: www.morristownumc.com or 973-538-2132.

Marimba and percussion artist Greg Giannascoli was a winner of the 2001 Artist International New York Recital / Young Artist Competition and was also top prizewinner of the 1997 Patrons of Wisdom International Young Artist Competition held in Toronto, Canada. He has won a grant for a custom marimba from the Philadelphia Music Foundation, the Aronfreed Solo Recital competition, the National Music Teachers Association Collegiate Artist Competition, the Montpelier Cultural Arts Society Recital Competition, and the South Orange Symphony, Rowan University, Rutgers University, and Virginia Commonwealth University concerto competitions. Greg received his DMA from Rutgers University where he studied with William Moersch, his MM from Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied with Donald Bick and his BM from Rowan University where he studied with Dean Witten.

Greg is now represented by Live on Stage, Inc. He will begin presenting marimba recitals under their auspices, throughout the US and Canada, in the 2010-11 season. Greg has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recital throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has performed recitals in Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Theatro Juarez in Mexico, the Glenn Gould Studio in Canada and at the 2005 Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Greg’s performances have been presented on CBC and NPR radio and PBS TV. In the past few years Greg has premiered over 20 works.

Greg is a faculty member at the esteemed Juilliard Pre-College and is also the coordinator of the percussion department at New Jersey City University. He has presented master classes at some of the top music schools including the Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music. Greg performs exclusively on the Yamaha 6000 marimba and 2700 studio vibraphone, uses Malletech mallets and Sabian cymbals. Greg’s fifth solo CD, Prism Rhapsody, has just recently been released.

Reviews of Greg’s performances include: “Here is music played so well it would capture and hold anybody’s attention indefinitely.”-Classical New Jersey. “With great mastery and two mallets in each hand Giannascoli gave a true lesson with what can be done with this singular instrument.”-The National of Mexico City. “Creston’s Concertino…his performance was outstanding.”-Whit Magazine. “Giannascoli’s performance of Miyoshi’s works was nothing less than astonishing, both in terms of artistry and virtuosity…tremendous facility…startling display of clarity and precision.”-Splendid Music Magazine. Reviews of Greg’s first CD, ‘Concertino’, include: “…elegantly phrased and sensitively performed…sails confidently through the most challenging technical passages.”-Percussive Notes.

Funding has been made possible in part by funds from the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information, please telephone 973-538-2132 or www.morristownumc.com.

 



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