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Greg Giannascoli, Marimba, and Ron Stabinsky, Piano
September 15 @ 3:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey welcomes Greg Giannascoli and Ron Stabinsky for a program featuring famous works by some of the most well known composers including Gershwin, Bernstein and Liszt performed on marimba and piano.
Marimba artist Greg Giannascoli has won 2 international young artist competitions and performed as soloist with orchestra and in recital throughout North America, Asia and Europe.
Program (subject to change):
Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin
West Side Story Selections Leonard Bernstein
1. I Feel Pretty
Hungarian Rhapsody David Popper
I Got Rhythm G. Gershwin / P. Nero
—- intermission —-
Williams Wonders John Williams
Carmen Suite Georges Bizet
American in Paris G. Gershwin / J. Heifetz
Tambourin Chinois Fritz Kreisler
Grammy nominated 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 tours regularly performing on the many Community Concert Series programs throughout the US. Greg has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recital throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has performed recitals in Weill 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 new works for the marimba including Changjun Xu’s Phoenix for Marimba and Strings.
For 10 years Greg was instructor of marimba at the 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 is the conductor of the Marimba Masters, Jr.; a virtuoso group of 7 young mallet players who perform orchestral transcriptions arranged by Clair Musser and Gordon Peters.. Greg performs exclusively on the Yamaha 6000 and 4600 marimbas and 2700 studio vibraphone, uses Malletech mallets and Sabian cymbals. Greg performed with Orchestra 2001 on the Grammy nominated recording of George Crumb’s American Song Book VII; Songs of the Heartland.
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. His most recent CD, ‘Prism Rhapsody’ was also reviewed: “…extremely gifted and skilled performer…facility behind the instrument apparent…virtuosic…precise…sensitive…beautiful lines…high caliber performances…stellar on all accounts.” – Percussive Notes.
Ron Stabinsky received his first musical lessons at the age of five from Michael Hoysock, his grandfather. Since 2000, Ron has been studying the Taubman Approach to piano playing with Edna Golandsky in New York City. He has also benefited greatly from additional study of classical repertoire with concert pianist Ilya Itin. His mentors in the art of free improvisation have included Bill Dixon and Joel Futterman. His study of jazz has been through the correspondence course work of Charlie Banacos.
In January 2015, Ron recorded his first solo album for release later in the year after more than a decade of the evolution of his improvised solo language. In addition to continuing to pursue this ongoing interest in solo piano improvisation, he enjoys working on music in a stylistically diverse array of situations throughout the United States and Europe with many other musicians and ensembles, including free-improvising saxophonist Jack Wright, bass trombone virtuoso David Taylor, Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood, and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman. Recent festival appearances include Newport Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Moers Festival (Germany), and Jazz and More Festival Sibiu (Romania). He is currently a regular member of the band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the new music ensemble Relâche, the Charles Evans Quartet, the Meat Puppets and the Peter Evans Quintet.
Recent album releases include Peter Evans Quintet Destination: Void, Charles Evans Quartet On Beauty, and Mostly Other People Do the Killing Blue (4 1/2 stars, DownBeat Magazine), a note-for note recreation of Miles Davis Kind of Blue.
The 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.
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- $20 for General Admission
- $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
- $5 for School and College students with ID
- $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**
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