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Midday Concert @ 1:00pm with violinist Tracey Jasas-Hardel and pianist Anastasia Antonacos
Jan 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
ELLSWORTH, MAINE – Violinist Tracey Jasas-Hardel and pianist Anastasia Antonacos will play a Midday Concert at 1:00pm on Friday, January 18, 2019 at the General Bryant E. Moore Community Center in Ellsworth, Maine. This free, professional concert is sponsored by Machias Savings Bank. The program will include works by Brahms, Gershwin and Clara Schumann.
Violinist Tracey Jasas-Hardel of Yarmouth, Maine has been studying, performing and teaching violin for 35 years. After graduating from the Interlochen Arts academy, she went on to study with master pedagogues Linda Cerone, Victor Danchenko and David Russell at The Cleveland Institute of Music, earning undergrad and graduate degrees. While in college, Tracey attended Encore School for Strings in Ohio, as well as chamber music programs with the Audubon Quartet, the Cavani Quartet, and the Weilerstein Duo. She was chosen to play in the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, The Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute. She was awarded a Fulbright grant for violin study in Berlin, Germany, where she attended the Hochschule der Musik and toured around Europe performing both as a recitalist and an orchestra member.
Upon her return to the U.S., she was selected to be a member of the U.S. Marine Band Chamber Orchestra, which performs chamber music in the White House at the President’s request for state dinners, meetings, and parties. While continuing study at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, she was a regular performer with the National Symphony Orchestra, The National Gallery Orchestra, The National Chamber Orchestra, and the Alexandria Symphony. After returning to the Midwest, Tracey became a regular performer with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, The Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, and the Bel Canto Choir Orchestra and Waukesha Symphony, as concertmaster and principal second violin.
Pianist Anastasia Antonacos of Portland, Maine has given notable performances around the world as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has played at venues such as the Salle Cortot, Casa Orfeo, Holland’s Alkmaar Conservatory, and Alice Tully Hall. She has also played in Greece, Russia, France, and Belgium, as well as various places in the U.S., including Washington D.C., where she testified for funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Her solo CD, Colour is the Keyboard, was recorded and produced by Grammy winner Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering Studios.
She won First Place at the International Young Artist Music Competition in Bulgaria, and she holds prizes from the Capdepera International Piano Competition in Mallorca and the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition. In 2004 the Greek Women’s University Club of Chicago awarded her the Kanellos Award. She attended the Holland Music Sessions, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and the Wilhelm Kempff Beethoven Course in Positano, Italy, where she was one of eight pianists selected for an intensive study of Beethoven led by John O’Conor.
A former member of the full-time piano faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Antonacos holds a master’s and doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine School of Music. She is a faculty member at the USM School of Music and a founding director of 240 Strings. She performs regularly around New England as a member of the Portland Piano Trio, which has been chosen for multiple residencies at Avaloch Farm Institute.
Annie has made solo appearances with the Northshore Philharmonic Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with violinist Joseph Silverstein, as well as with members of the Vermeer, Cassatt, DaPonte, and Barkada Quartets. Committed to new music, she has premiered works by Daniel Sonenberg, Richard Nelson, and David Martynuik.
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