Jamestown Concert Assn. To Present Brass-hoppers Trio May 16

The Jamestown Concert Association will present the Brass-hoppers Trio for the last concert of the 2013-14 season. The Trio, consisting of trumpet, piano and trombone, will perform on Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m. in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 410 N. Main St., Jamestown.

Trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden has emerged as a dazzling, young soloist well-known and highly regarded for her artistry and virtuosity, as well as the clarity, purity and power of her sound. She is also the first-prize winner of the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference Trumpet Competition. Bowden has performed as a soloist with the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, New Haven Chamber Orchestra, among several others. She is a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and has served on the adjunct faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University. She is co-founder of Florida’s Chrysalis Chamber Players, a recipient of a Yale Alumni Grant and has collaborated in chamber music programs at the Marlboro Music Festival. Bowden has also performed as principal trumpet with symphony orchestras in New Zealand, Korea and Switzerland. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music on a full scholarship.

Milana Strezeva is a Moldovan-American pianist. At the age of 11 she began playing chamber music with her clarinetist father and mother, a renowned soprano. A founding member of the award-winning Manhattan Piano Trio, one of the most creative and dynamic young ensembles in America, Strezeva performed with them in over 30 American states, in Australia, South Africa and Italy, and in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and the Ravinia Festival. She is a recipient of grand prizes at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition and Australian Broadcasting Corporation Listeners Choice Award in Melbourne. Strezeva received her bachelor and master degrees from The Julliard School on a full scholarship.

Zenas Kim is an international soloist, orchestral trombonist and avid chamber musician. As a soloist she has been invited on several international stages, including performances with the Athens City Symphony Orchestra in Greece, Croatian Military Wind Orchestra in Zagreb and Altena Brass of the Netherlands. She has given numerous solo recitals, including several appearances at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington D.C. Zenas was also a finalist of the International Trombone Association’s Gagliardi, Smith and Alto Competitions. Equally at home as an orchestral player, she was appointed principal trombone of Daegu Symphony Orchestra in South Korea. She has also performed with various orchestras, including the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Zenas received a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory and received a Master of Music from Rotterdam Conservatory. She is currently obtaining her doctorate at the University of Maryland as well as enjoying a career as a freelancer and as a core member of the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass.

The evening’s program will consist of music from Turrin, Bizet, McMichael and Gershwin.

Tickets for this concert are $20 adult, $17 senior and $7.50 college student. Students 18 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets may be purchased at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts Box Office, Chautauqua Music, Trinity Guitars, Germaine & Pappalardo and Wright’s Music Shed. For more information please call 484-7070 or 487-1522. Information can also be obtained from JCA’s website: jamestownconcertassociation.org.

This concert is sponsored by Gary N. Johnson Insurance Agency and Jamestown’s Rental Properties, LLC. The JCA is supported in part by the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County and Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.