Mount Vernon Music Presents Wind Synergy




Mount Vernon Music proudly presents Wind Synergy,” a concert of music for wind instruments and piano at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1 in Mount Vernon Music Hall. The program includes two quintets for piano and winds by Beethoven and Mozart, along with music by Wayne Barlow and Mikhail Glinka.

Performing is pianist Evan Mitchell with Elise Belk, oboe; Sara Scurry, bassoon; Ivan Petruzziello, clarinet; and Molly Norcross, horn.

The program opens with the performances of two scholarship winners, Chase Crouch (cello) from Sulphur Springs and Colton Wilson (trombone) from Paris.

Tickets are $10 for MVM members, $20 for non-members, and $5 for college students with valid ID. Children's admission through high school is free. Eighth grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult ticketholder.

Hailed by Alan Kozinn in the New York times as giving “a magnificent performance: precise, passionate, and supple,” horn player Molly Norcross joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as principal horn in the fall of 2015. Previously she held the position of third/associate principal horn in the San Antonio Symphony for three seasons. She recently won the principal horn position in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, where she starts working in the 2019-2020 season.

Norcross received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and pursued additional professional studies at the New England Conservatory studying with William Purvis, Jennifer Montone and Richard Sebring respectively. She has also performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, and Richmond Symphony.

Norcross was a Fellow at the Music Academy of the West in 2008 and 2011, and at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2010 and 2012. As a soloist, she has performed with the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, and New Juilliard Ensemble. She has given numerous solo recitals in New York City, Boston, and Taipei, often incorporating works for the lesser known Wagner tuba and natural horn.

Italian clarinetist Ivan Petruzziello currently serves as assistant principal clarinetist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and principal clarinetist of the Corpus Christi Symphony. Previously, Petruzziello served as principal clarinetist of the Cali Philharmonic and Valle Symphony in Colombia.

As a guest, Petruzziello has performed with orchestras around the world, including the Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, the Latina Philharmonia, the Orquesta Filarmonica Nacional de Cuba, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogotá and the Orquesta Clásica of Colombia. In North America, he has performed with the Irving, Plano, Las Colinas, San Angelo and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, among others.

Festival appearances include those with the Sinfonietta di Roma, Euromediterraneo Festival, Tiroler Festspiele, Orquesta Sinfonica de Holguin and Orchestra Nuova Amadeus. Petruzziello is a teaching artist in the B Sharp Music Program. Previously, he was on faculty in several institutions in Colombia, such as the Universidad Central, Universidad del Valle, Universidad EAFIT and the Antonio María Valencia Conservatory. He has presented masterclasses in Colombia, Cuba, Italy, Panama, Perú and the United States.

Petruzziello earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance under the tutelage of Francesco Belli, a Master of Music in Chamber Music and an Artist Diploma Certificate from Texas Christian University. 

Elise Belk is a freelance oboist in the DFW area. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Elise moved to Texas after completing a Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. 

In addition to maintaining a private oboe studio in Fort Worth, Belk serves as a faculty member at Texas Wesleyan University. She is also the owner of and reed-maker for Wildflower Reeds, providing supplies and hand-crafted oboe and English horn reeds. 

Sara Scurry currently performs as an extra with ensembles such as the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Summer Musicals, Las Colinas Symphony, Dallas Chamber Symphony and East Texas Symphony.

Prior to arriving in Dallas, Scurry was principal bassoonist of La Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico in Toluca, Mexico for two years and principal bassoonist of the Shreveport Symphony. She received her education at Juilliard, Oberlin Conservatory (BM) and University of North Texas (MM).

Pianist Evan Mitchell's recent highlights include debuts on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series (Chicago), at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC), and at several major venues in Shanghai. He has played concerti with the symphony orchestras of Dallas and Fort Worth, among others, and collaborated in recital with such major figures as double bassist Gary Karr and clarinetist Corrado Giuffredi. Mitchell’s new recording with bassist Szymon Marciniak is earning rave reviews; most recently, Bass World called their performances “intoxicating,” deeming this “a seminal recording.” Mitchell is also featured on the 2012 release “Piano de Pampa y Jungla: A Collection of Latin American Piano Music.”

Since June 2014 Mitchell has been a Texas Commission for the Arts Texas Touring Roster artist and over the past four years he has given more than 150 performances for Cliburn in the Classroom.  Mitchell is currently completing his doctorate at Texas Christian University where he studies with John Owings. More information is found at www.evanmitchell.net.

Memberships in MVM start at $25 and support all the organization’s work, including scholarships for young musicians and outreach work for schools and seniors. Memberships are good for the year June 1 through May 31, and members receive discounts on ticket pricing. Details are found at MVM’s website.

Mount Vernon Music is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2005 to further the performance of classical and other fine music in rural East Texas. For information on the mission and concert schedule of Mount Vernon Music, and about historic Mount Vernon Music Hall, please visit www.mountvernonmusic.org.

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