Jun 072011

Published by Coastal Point:

 On Thursday, June 9 from 6 to 7 p.m., the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach will kick off its Summer Concert Series with a piano and violin performance featuring Hiroko Yamazaki and Meredith Amado.

“They actually performed in some other libraries and were very well received. So our assistant director contacted the libraries, and they raved about them,” said SCL circulation supervisor and volunteer coordinator Priscilla Scott. “I’m sure their music is going to just be fantastic.”

The duo will perform Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne,” Beethoven’s “Sonata in G Major” and Gershwin’s “Preludes.” Scott said the performance is something everyone can enjoy.

“It is a mixture of classical music, and there’s something there for everyone, I think,” she said. “I don’t know of any other venues who offer this type of music. With the population expanding and many sophisticated folks coming in from Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia, I’m sure they’ll appreciate this type of music.”

The two women currently perform together in the Pyxis Piano Quartet, which recently performed in the Delaware Symphony’s Chamber Series and is the ensemble-in-residence at the Delaware Art Museum.

Yamazaki is a graduate of the University of Maryland and has won numerous awards, including the Delaware Contest for Young Artists and the Austrian-American Society for Musical Scholarship competition. She is currently a faculty member of the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware and master at the Music School of Delaware.

Amado is the former Concermaster of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and a graduate of the Julliard School. She trained at the School for Strings in New York.

“These two gals have tremendous backgrounds and have been taught by some of the masters. I think people will be looking forward to enjoying some real pros in the business,” said Scott.

This is the first in the library’s concert series, which will also include a jazz performance and a performance by the Mosaic String Duo in August.

The library has a number of events throughout the summer for locals and visitors alike.

“We’re all prepared for it and we’re looking forward to taking care of everybody. It’ll be another great summer.”

For more information and program schedules, call (302) 539-5231 or visit the Web site at www.southcoastal.lib.de.us

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