WOOSTER, Ohio – The Wooster Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jeffrey Lindberg, will open the season with two performances featuring pianists Shitong Sigler ’12 and Yuka Nakayama-Lewicki, both piano instructors at Wooster, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2, at 7:30 p.m., in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.).
The concert will spotlight Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th anniversary in 2020 with a performance of his 7th symphony in A major, Op. 92. Also on the program will be Gioacchino Rossini’s overture to “Semiramide” and Francis Poulenc’s concerto in D minor for two pianos and orchestra, FP 61.
Nakayama-Lewicki is an internationally recognized pianist and chamber musician, performing in the U.S, Europe, and her home country of Japan. She is a founding member of the JAY Trio and in 2011 released an album of the complete piano works of Makiko Kinoshita, with the composer complimenting the “rich musicality and emotional depth” of her interpretation. Nakayama-Lewicki received a bachelor of arts and maters of arts from Tokyo Gakugei University and a doctor of arts in music from Ball State University.
Sigler, a versatile pianist with styles ranging from baroque to contemporary, is a dedicated international performing concert pianist and chamber musician across the U.S., Europe, and her home country of China. As a collaborative pianist, Sigler has performed a wide range of performances from various chamber music settings to the principal keyboardist for the Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra, opera production, and musical theatre. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Wooster and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University, where she is currently pursuing a doctorate.
Lindberg, professor of music at Wooster, is also the director of the highly acclaimed Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Chicago’s oldest professional jazz orchestra, which just celebrated its 40th anniversary.
Tickets are $10 and are available at Buehler’s (Milltown and Towne Market), the Wilson Bookstore on campus, and at the door of the concert. All students are admitted free of charge, and Wooster faculty and staff may obtain complimentary tickets at the Wilson Bookstore.