May 13

John Covelli & Sara Sant’Ambrogio at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage

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Contact Presenter:
Naima Kradjian, Executive Director
Goodwill Theatre Inc.
(607) 772-2404, ext. 2 (Office)
(607) 727-5851 (Mobile)

Contact Performer:
John Covelli

John Covelli and Grammy Award Winning Cellist Sara Sant’ Ambrogio at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage

The Goodwill Theatre will present virtuoso pianist Maestro John Covelli and Grammy award winning Cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio in “John Covelli and Friends” on Friday, May 18, at 7:00 pm at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. This Friday Evening concert is the final in the Goodwill Theatre’s 2011-2012 Classical Piano Plus! Concert Series, sponsored by NBT Bank.

“There was irresistible warmth in everything Miss Sant’Ambrogio did. It translated into a special quality of sound, and it gave Hindemith’s Solo Sonata both a dignity and a sense of drama… One has rarely heard the ‘Arpeggione’ played with such love.” —New York Times

The “John Covelli and Friends” program will feature Sara Sant’Ambrogio with a solo performance of her Grammy award winning Bach’s 3rd Suite in C Major. She will also perform three pieces by Chopin ending with the magnificent Polonaise Brillante. Covelli performances will include Ricercare and Toccata by Gian Carlo Menotti, the Skylark by Glinka, Poissons d’or (goldfish) of Debussy, and the very powerful and always popular Appassionata Sonata by Beethoven. Covelli will end his program with Liszt exciting Taranella.

Grammy Award-winning Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cellist, first leapt to international attention when she was a winner at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Violoncello Competition in Moscow, Russia. As a result of her medal, Carnegie Hall invited Sant’Ambrogio to perform a recital that was filmed by CBS News as part of a profile about her, which was televised nationally. The New York Times described Ms. Sant’Ambrogio’s New York debut as “sheer pleasure.” Sant’Ambrogio has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as Atlanta, Boston Pops, Chicago, Dallas, Moscow State Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Beijing Philharmonic, the Osaka Century Orchestra (Japan), St. Louis, San Francisco and Seattle; she has performed throughout the world at major music centers and festivals. Always looking to push the boundaries of classical music, Sant’Ambrogio has collaborated with the New York City Ballet in seven highly successful sold-out concerts at Lincoln Center. She has recorded with the rock group VAST, the Spanish hip hop singer Beatrice, and has a track from her solo cd “Dreaming” featured on the soundtrack of the documentary “Jones Beach Boys”. Sant’Ambrogio started cello studies with her father John Sant’Ambrogio, principal cellist of the St. Louis Symphony, and at the age of 16 was invited on full scholarship to study with David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music. Three years later world renowned cellist Leonard Rose invited. Sant’Ambrogio to study at The Julliard School; within weeks of arriving, she won the all-Julliard Schumann Cello Concerto Competition. Sant’Ambrogio has won numerous awards including a Grammy for her performance of Bernstein’s “Arias and Barcarolles” on Koch Records. Recent highlights for Ms. Sant’Ambrogio were a Grammy nomination for the Eroica Trio’s eighth cd “An American Journey”, the release of her “Bach Solo Cello Suites, Vol. I” which Gramophone Magazine described as “a miracle of sound” and says “she comes impressively close to the soul of Bach in a profoundly compassionate paean to the human spirit”, a series of Bach concerts in non-traditional venues across the US sponsored by Chimney Rock Winery, her first Beethoven cycle performing all the Sonatas and Variations with pianist William Ransom in five cities , a return to some of her favorite great concert halls in Germany performing the Beethoven Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic and a second tour to New Zealand with the Eroica Trio. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio performs on a Matteo Goffriller cello, Venice, ca.1715, which is on extended loan through the generous efforts of The Samsung Foundation of Culture of Korea and the Stradivari Society of Chicago, Illinois.

Most local audiences remember Maestro John Covelli as the conductor of the Binghamton Philharmonic. Many do not realize he was a piano prodigy, pleasing audiences since the age of four. The Chicago-born, John Covelli was credited in his youth with numerous concerts, broadcast recitals and special musical awards. He performed at the Chicago Music Festival with the Chicago Symphony at age 9. As a teenager, John was the only concert pianist ever to win the famous Godfrey Talent Scout Program and appeared in a series of nationwide CBS-TV performances. The wildly talented Maestro John Covelli is quoted as having a “rare gift to connect intelligence with expressive feeling and exuberance in his musical pieces”.

Previous concerts featuring Maestro Covelli at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage have sold out, reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets for “John Covelli and Friends” are $25 for adults and $20 for senior citizens and students. Reservations, and information on all shows, are available by calling the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 1. Tickets, if still available, will also be sold at the door, one hour before show time.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Doors open approximately one hour before show time. General Seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy. Refreshments will be available for sale.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Facility. It is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue. Parking is available in a small lot at the theatre, and a new lot along the side of the building, on-street, and in various Village municipal lots within two blocks of the theatre. For more information, interested persons can contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 1.

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