Mozart to Movies: Claudia Pellegrini, Violin and Mark Yurkanin, Piano
April 25 @ 8:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey and Open Sky Artists (openskyartists.com) are pleased to welcome violinist Claudia Pellegrini and pianist Mark Yurkanin in a program of popular classical, Broadway, and movie music at the 1867 Sanctuary.
Join violinist Claudia Pellegrini and pianist Mark Yurkanin as they take you on a musical journey around the world! Visit Germany with Mozart and Brahms, Italy with Verdi, France with Bizet…and get ready for a few surprises, like some favorite Broadway tunes and some iconic Hollywood movie songs! !
Claudia Pellegrini (claudiapellegrini.com), whose work The Philadelphia Inquirer has called “mesmerizing,” was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She began her violin studies at age five, was an Honor Conservatory Graduate by seventeen (Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, Spain), a Master’s Graduate by twenty-three (Temple University, Philadelphia), a Songwriting Competition Finalist by twenty-four (VH1 2003), and a published violinist-producer-songwriter-vocalist by twenty-six.
She has studied with Zakhar Bron, Sergei Fatkulin and Kim Fisher, among others. In her career, Claudia has worked with the some of the greatest (Pinchas Zukerman, Yehudi Menuhin, Michael Tilson Thomas, etc.) and she has performed with several orchestras in the Philadelphia area (such as Lancaster Symphony, Symphony in C, Vox Amadeus, Philadelphia Virtuosi, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Pottstown Symphony, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, etc). In 2003, she received the Albert Tashjian Award for Excellence in Violin Performance.
Claudia has a Teaching and Pedagogy Certificate by the University Complutense of Madrid, and she has a vast experience as a teacher and as a performer, with over eighteen years as an educator in Europe, the U.S. and Puerto Rico. She has worked as a Music Teacher at Temple Music Prep (Philadelphia), The Music Workshop (Berwyn, PA), The Philadelphia School, Nelly Berman Music School (Haverford, PA), Instituto de Musica y Arte de Puerto Rico (San Juan, PR), and Saint John’s School (San Juan, PR) where she created the Strings Program in its entirety. Currently she is a member of the faculty at Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.
Also a published music producer and composer, Claudia has an extensive catalog of more than seventy-five works in different genres, along scores short films and plays. Her song “Broken Down” was awarded a “Mention of Honor” by VH1’s “Song Of The Year” Competition.
Claudia was featured performing on the Spanish television show “Madrileños por el mundo,” which aired in every Spanish speaking country through the International Channel. She was also recently featured as a violinist and vocalist with the Flamenco-fusion group “Fusion Jonda,” performing on stage with superstar Rosario Flores (pictured at right) and legendary band El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico on their 50th Anniversary Tour.
Most recently, Claudia composed, produced and recorded the full music score for the children’s stage show Goldilocks (2015) and Peter Pan (2017) for which she was also Music Director. Both shows premiered to great success at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman, NJ. Claudia also orchestrated music for Musical Revue: Boogie Woogie Radio Hour, which premiered at the Hedgerow Theatre in January 2018. A new musical, The Amazings, is set to premiere at Pitman in April 2018.
Claudia divides her time between performing, composing, teaching, and a variety of other musical projects.
Mark Yurkanin is a pianist and musical director in the Philadelphia theater community. Staff accompanist, Ira Brind School of Theatre, University of the Arts; Musical director for WST for Kids at Walnut Street Theatre. Favorite productions include Side by Side by Sondheim (Barrymore Award nom. for outstanding music direction), Evita, Forever Plaid, The Fantasticks, The Cradle Will Rock (Merit award for music direction, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival). Studied at Penn State, Juilliard. Currently: Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, Savoy Opera Company.
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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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