The Polasek Museum’s 8th annual 3-concert music series features the world-renowned violinist Ayako Yonetani with computer accompaniment by Dr. Kiminobu Sugaya and a variety of guest instrumentalists performing works by Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Bach among other composers. Held in the elegant salon of the Polasek residence, concert-goers experience acoustic perfection in an intimate setting. Limited to 50 seats, the performance is followed by a private reception. Cost: $80 for three concert series or $30 per concert. Tickets available at www.polasek.org or 407-647-6294.
Dr. Ayako Yonetani, an internationally acclaimed violin/viola player won First Prize in the Japanese National Competition at age nine and made her United States debut as a concertmaster with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Yonetani received her bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees from the Julliard School of Music. Currently, she is a Professor of Violin/Viola at the University of Central Florida and travels the world as a guest soloist. She is a member of Japan’s premier chamber ensemble in Tokyo.
Dr. Kiminobu Sugaya is Chair of the Neuroscience Consortium and also with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Sugaya is an internationally award-winning adult stem cell scientist. Alongside Dr. Yonetani, he has been conducting research on the impact of music on the brain. Using the latest in technology Dr. Suguya provides innovative musical accompaniment for every concert.
• Sunday, November 11, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Mozart Violin Sonata, Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin
Guest: Jamie Strefeler, oboe, OPO principal oboist, UCF oboe professor, and Dr. Kiminobu Sugaya accompaniment
Jamie Strefeler received her master’s degree in oboe performance from the University of Southern California and is currently principal oboe of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. She has held principal oboe positions with the American Youth Orchestra, the Debut Orchestra and the Helena Symphony as well as a second oboe and English horn position with the Tri-Cities Opera Company. Jamie has been a featured soloist with the Great Falls Symphony and the American Youth Orchestra.
• Sunday, January 20, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Corelli Sonata Op. 5 #1, Lennox Berleley: Trio for horn, violin and piano
Guests: Mark Fischer, French horn, and Dr. Kiminobu Sugaya accompaniment
Mark Fischer has performed as Principal and Solo Horn for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra since 1996 and can be found on more than two dozen CDs produced by Madacy Records. He has also performed with various other professional orchestras, including the Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and Naples Philharmonic. Mr. Fischer is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Orlando Philharmonic and currently serves as its General Manager.
• Sunday, March 24, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Mendelssohn Violin Sonata, Vivaldi Concerto for four Violins, featuring “Prodigy and Young People”
Guests: Tristan Rhodeside, Victoria Senko, and Julia Hossain, violins, and Dr. Kiminobu Sugaya accompaniment.