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Pianist Eric Mazonson performs with symphony

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Acclaimed pianist Eric Mazonson will join the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra for its Spring Concert on Sunday, April 29. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton campus. Mark N. Peterson, director of music at Barton College, will be conducting. 

Mazonson will be performing two Mendelssohn concert pieces for piano and orchestra: the Serenade and Allegro op. 43 and the Capriccio Brillant op. 22.

 “It will be great to feature my longtime friend, Eric, again at Barton,” said music director Mark Peterson. “He has played twice for the Love the Symphony concerts, and, now, we get the chance perform classic music in the Kennedy Theatre. I know this will be a thrilling performance.”

 Mazonson received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Boston University, where he studied piano with Anthony di Bonaventure. His chamber music coaches included Walter Trampler, Robert Marcellus, Leslie Parnas, Ralph Gomberg and Eugene Lehner. From 1979 to 1982, he was a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, where he performed with the concert band and founded a piano-woodwind sextet, the Olympus Chamber Players, which toured throughout the Northeast.

 His extensive repertoire has been heard in many solo, chamber music and vocal recitals in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has appeared as soloist with several orchestras, recently performing Mozart’s Concerto in B-flat, K. 595 and Haydn’s D Major Concerto with the South County Chamber Orchestra in Rhode Island, and Rhapsody in Blue with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra.

Mazonson has served as an adjunct faculty member of Bradford College, the University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, Providence College and the Moses Brown School. He was a coach with the Crittenden Opera Studio Workshops in Boston and Washington, D.C. for more than 20 years. Currently teaching at the Pennfield School in Rhode Island and the Lexington Music School in Massachusetts, Mazonson accompanies choruses in the Natick, Massachusetts, school system and is music director of Calvary United Methodist Church in Middletown, Rhode Island. 

Along with the Mendelssohn pieces, the orchestra will perform works by Richard Wagner and Sir William Walton.

Following the concert, the audience is cordially invited to meet the musicians at a reception, hosted by ARAMARK Higher Education, in the Bridgestone Americas Atrium of the Kennedy Family Theatre.

Admission for the fall orchestra performance will be $10 at the door or by season ticket. All students within the community will be admitted free of charge as well as faculty, staff and students of Barton College. For additional information, please contact Mark Peterson at 252-399-6535 or mpeterson@barton.edu.

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