On Tuesday evening, August 20 at 6:30pm, the Dover Public Library will host the fourth in a series of free classical music concerts for families, featuring live performances of well-known musical masterpieces. This month’s concert will feature some familiar works by the great German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770—1827). Music to be performed by tenor Andrew Sokol, violinist Sally Wituszynski, and pianist Naho Bessho will include “Adelaide”, “Für Elise”, the piano sonata known as “Appassionata” and the violin sonata “Spring”. The concert’s length is just 40-45 minutes, so that children may attend and enjoy the music too. The performers’ goal is to encourage classical music appreciation among all ages.
Andrew Sokol graduated from UNH, where he studied under Dr. Jenni Cook and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance. Andrew has been an active performer both onstage and in concert throughout New Hampshire and beyond, and has given performances in the US, Canada, and the Czech Republic. He will be a featured artist in the St. John’s “Concerts On The Hill” series, where he will be performing two concerts of English Art Song this fall.
Sally Wituszynski earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Heidi Castleman and Marcus Thompson. She has also completed a Master’s degree in Music Education from UNH. Sally has played in many ensembles, including the Vermont Symphony, the Hanover Handel Society, the Granite State Symphony, and the New Hampshire Philharmonic, and she is an active freelance performer throughout New England. Next season she will be the principal violist for the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra. She recently completed her twentieth year as Berwick Academy’s Orchestra Director. Sally currently teaches strings at Berwick Academy, Tri-City Christian Academy, and at her home studio, and she is the Master Teacher for the UNH String Project. She lives in Somersworth, NH.
Naho Bessho, concert organizer, was born in Japan and is now a concert pianist in Dover. At age 19 she won the highest award at the Japan Classical Music Competition. She graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music with a Master of Music degree. She has played with Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, and in 2001 won 2nd prize at Yangtze-River-Cup International Competition in Osaka. She came to the US in 2002, graduating from Boston University with a Performance Diploma in 2006. She has given many piano recitals throughout New England. In 2010, she released her first CD, "Invitation", and this April she released her second CD “Spianato”. She gives private lessons in Dover, NH.
Please join us at the Dover Public Library for this wonderful opportunity to enjoy, listen, and learn more about classical music! For further information, call the library at 603-516-6050.