In its 68-year history the Artist Presentation Society has helped launch the careers of a vast array of instrumentalists and singers, yet not until the current season has a harpist been selected as a recipient of its coveted sponsorship. Memphis-born Molly O’Roark, an alumna of Eastman and a graduate student at the University of Illinois, mounted a program showcasing the wide diversity of styles and techniques of this ancient instrument whose evolution harkens back almost to the dawn of human history.
The Artist Presentation Society unswervingly continues its long tradition of bringing to our attention brilliant young performers from every corner of our region. This season, five stellar artists will shine upon the stage of the Ethical Society.
Currently in its 67th season, the Artist Presentation Society has included two flutists on its roster this year, of whom one is a member of a husband and wife team. Flutist Jennifer Toro Mazzoni and pianist Matthew Mazzoni first met when Matthew was proctoring a graduate entrance exam at Indiana University. Now expecting their third child, the couple has forged a formidable musical partnership as well, all the while balancing family and teaching obligations, along with Matthew’s responsibilities as Director of Liturgical Music at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Webster Groves.
Now in its 67th year of showcasing brilliant young performers from our region, the Artist Presentation Society continues to dazzle local audiences with the diversity and depth of talent nurtured here in the Midwest. The current season opened on Sunday, November 10, featuring Kansas City-based flutist (flautist? ) Karen Hauge, accompanied by pianist Daniel Velicer.
For over 200 years audiences have been captivated by the piano, and with good reason. A skilled performer can transform the instrument into a veritable orchestral palette of color, range, special effects and dynamics. Such was the case with the brilliant Chinese-born pianist Wuna Meng, a 2012 competition winner of the Artist Presentation Society, who performed on March 17 at the Ethical Society.