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October 3, 2012

SaraSantAgioCasual_LR.jpgAs part of the Classical Piano Plus Series, The Goodwill Theatre is bringing back Grammy award winning cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio, who will perform a mostly solo, mostly Bach concert on Sunday, October 14th at 2:00pm at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage.  Maestro John Covelli will join Sara for several Gershwin pieces within the concert. The Goodwill Theatre’s 2012-2013 Classical Piano Plus Series is proudly sponsored by NBT Bank.

Sant’Ambrogio’s upcoming performance will feature movements from all six of Bach’s cello suites in which she gives the audience some insight on Bach’s life, musical technique and a personal look into what he may have been going through as he composed the suites. Sant’Ambrogio also demonstrates how we are affected by music emotionally.  The C major scale descending, for example, has a specific effect on our psyche than other scales and keys. She discusses how the ‘mathematical architecture’ of Bach’s music engages the listener and paved the way for its use in music therapy and the neurosciences.

Sant’Ambrogio will be joined by local Maestro and long-time family friend, John Covelli.  “I can’t remember ever NOT knowing John,” says Sant’Ambrogio, “he conducted at my father’s summer music camp in the Berkshires when I was just a baby, and now I get to perform with him as an adult.  It’s nice to come full circle.”  Covelli will join Sant’Ambrogio playing selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and finishing up with a Chopin waltz.

“Sara performed with John in the Schorr Stage last season.  The concert was so amazing we just had to bring her back for an encore.” says CEO Naima Kradjian. “You can visit youtube to see Sara perform ‘Flight of the bumblebee’ at high speed, which she practiced in order to capture the attention of children. It’s an amazing feat which she repeats often as an encore, but Sara actually makes everything she plays easily accessible. She receives accolades whenever she performs for seasoned classical patrons, new comers and children.” adds Kradjian.

 “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

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. The New York Times described Ms. Sant’Ambrogio’s New York debut as “sheer pleasure.” 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.”

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.

Tickets for Sara Sant’Ambrogio with John Covelli are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and students. You can purchase tickets on the website: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

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. 301, or visit:  www.goodwilltheatre.net