Mechanics Hall Summer  Music Festival Subscription

Mechanics Hall presents

Mechanics Hall Summer Music Festival Subscription

Imperio in Stereo, Steele Musicale, Peter Krasinski, Liana Paniyeva, Maria Ferrante, Brett Maguire

Thu · August 9, 2018 - Wed · August 15, 2018

7:00 pm

$52.00 - $60.00

This event is all ages

Subscription ticket includes the following ticketed concerts:

8/9 Imperio in Stereo

8/10 Seele Musciale

8/12 Peter Krasinski

8/14 Liana Paniyeva

8/25 Maria Ferrante, Soprano & Brett Maquire, Piano 

Imperio in Stereo
Imperio in Stereo
Roy Imperio has performed internationally and in the United States as a soloist, accompanist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician. A versatile pianist, he co- founded various ensembles such as the Windhammer Chamber Players, the Bulfinch Players, and continues to perform with the Nashaway Trio, and Trio Orione. He holds music degrees from the University of the Philippines and Andrews University and has also taken master classes with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University. He has released two CDs: “Music of Frederic Chopin: a Life of Passion” for solo piano and “Holiday Music in New England” with the Bulfinch Players. A dedicated music teacher he continues to serve as an adjunct faculty at Atlantic Union College and teaches piano at the Thayer Performing Arts Center and Fitchburg State University. He is one of the collaborative pianists at Boston Conservatory and currently the Director of Music at the Faith
United Parish in Fitchburg, MA.

Kristjon Imperio B.M.Ed, graduated from Atlantic Union College, studying piano with his father Roy Imperio and organ with William Ness. He has since remained active as a pianist, organist, and clinician throughout New England, most recently as Choral Clinician for the AUC Music Clinic in Hartford, CT (2011, 2015) and Piano Clinician for the NNEC Music Clinic in Freeport, ME (2005-2014). In 2008, he founded Nashaway Chorus, Inc., and served as Music Director of the organization. Kristjon is also Minister of Music at First Congregational Church of West Boylston MA, Organist at the College Church of SDA in Lancaster MA, Adjunct Faculty at Anna Maria College in Paxton MA, and is a Founding Member of the New England Piano Trio and Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble.

Father and son have played and continue to collaborate in an extraordinary musical relationship–Roy performing as soloist and Kristjon as conductor for the Chopin First Piano Concerto with the Nashaway Philharmonic String Ensemble, playing one piano four-hands at the Natick Steinway Showcase Room, performing many duets for organ and piano, Roy singing in the Nashaway Chorus with Kristjon as Music Director, and playing in their premiere performance as duo piano virtuosos at Thayer Performing Arts Center last year. Their music collaboration is the delight of all who hear them.
Steele Musicale
Steele Musicale
Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble (SMCE) is a guild of passionate musicians, performing a wide range of repertoire with an emphasis on the nuances and emotions in the music performed. Now celebrating five years, it was the music of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi that brought local musicians together originally. Over the years, they have performed at the First Unitarian Church of Worcester, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, local libraries, the Lions Club, a homeless shelter, a yoga center. Earlier this year they appeared with acclaim at the Worcester Art Museum in a program entitled “Flights of Fancy” to accompany the museum’s “Flora in Winter” exhibition, with music of Handel and Telemann.

SMCE has featured living composers to premiere several of their works. With close ties to the estate of the late composer Alan Hovhaness, they premiered the unpublished work Sextet for Recorder, Harpsichord and String Quartet. Additionally they have premiered vocal works by Frederic Sharaf, and piano works of David Stern. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, was paired with a Concerto Capriccioso of living composer R.A. Moulds,
which was commissioned 20 years ago and had never been played since.

Employing the common denominator between well-known Baroque and modern composers, Seele pesonifies stories in music in colorful ways. In Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater
Dolorosa, Seele became the “grief” of Mother Mary, not merely “telling the story” of her grief. With the music of R.A. Moulds, the group became the country dance, and with Telemann, they added tambourine and vividly “danced” the Polish dance within the piece. For the ensemble, Music is the magic—the musicians seek that infinite magic that connects the musical creations of composers present and past to the yearning ears of today’s audience.

Individually, they are music teachers, engineers, music directors, writers, audio engineers, music students, orchestra members, but above all they connect with their musical spirits distilling the wonderment of music to grateful ears wherever they perform.
Peter Krasinski
Peter Krasinski
PETER EDWIN KRASINSKI is broadly recognized as a motivating consultant for the pipe organ community, and as a conductor, organist and music educator, whose imaginative and energetic performances elevate and inform audiences. Well respected in both secular and sacred genres of his field, he has taught the enchantment of music to both public and private institutions in the greater Boston area for many years. His silent film performances have been hailed in the press as “a great marriage of movie and music”. “

Specializing in the art of live silent film accompaniment, worldwide, Mr. Krasinski’s skills are vast; he was the recipient of the First Prize in Improvisation from the American Guild of Organists National Competition. A seasoned performer, he has played recitals at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles), Notre-Dame Cathedral (Paris), Trinity Church (Boston), and Holy Name Cathedral (Chicago).

Mr. Krasinski has served as Dean of the Boston Chapter AGO, and is currently Organist of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Providence RI, accompanist at Beth El Temple Center Belmont MA, faculty member of St Paul’s Choir School, Cambridge MA and regularly teaches improvisation master- classes to the Harvard Organ Society. He holds both a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and Organ Performance, and the Master of Sacred Music Degree from Boston University.
Liana Paniyeva
Liana Paniyeva
Currently living in Boston, Liana Paniyeva began winning prizes in piano competitions in Ukraine in 2002 when she earned Third Prize at the International Competitions in Memory of E. Gilels, First Prize at the International Competition in Memory of Prokofiev, and Second Prize at the International Competition in Memory of A. Karamanov. In 2008, Liana continued winning competitions: she won First Prize in the “Music World” International Competition in Italy, and she was the winner of “The Voice of Music” Piano Competition in Israel. In the United States in 2012, Ms. Paniyeva was the winner of the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music; recipient of the Grand Prize at the Metropolitan International Piano Competition; and the winner of the AFAF Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition. In 2013-2015, Ms. Paniyeva was awarded the E.B. Storrs Piano Scholarship from the Musical Club of Hartford. Ms.
Paniyeva was also awarded the Cargill Foundation Prize in the 2014 Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow, and became a prizewinner at the Iowa International Piano Competition in 2015.

She has performed at international festivals in Norway, Hungary, Syria, Italy, and Israel. During the 2012-2013 season, she performed three times at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Most recently, Liana played in concert halls of Scotland, South Africa, and in multiple states of the USA. Her solo recital in 2016 at the Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago was broadcast live on WFMT Radio.

Liana graduated from the Donetsk Music Academy in Ukraine, and went on to earn her Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music in 2011. Her career continues with recitals in Hungary, Israel, Ukraine, USA, England, Syria, Canada, South Africa and Norway. Most recently, Ms. Paniyeva finished her Artist Diploma at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford.
Maria Ferrante
Maria Ferrante
Soprano Maria Ferrante maintains a full schedule of performances on both the local and international stage. Her name has become familiar to audiences world over. A winner of the Mario Lanza Voice Competition, she has been acclaimed by the Washington Post and the Boston Phoenix. Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe has called her “a true singing actress… Maria Ferrante broke my heart last night.” Maria's performances have delighted audiences worldwide. She has recorded for Naxos, Albany, Navona Records and AFKA labels and also has four solo CDs to her credit.
Brett Maguire
Brett Maguire
Brett Maguire, a graduate of Holy Cross and Oberlin, is currently the Assistant Director and Accompanist for the Worcester Chorus. He won a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and performed a solo organ recital at Notre-Dame in Paris, and returned to France the following year and took First Prize and Prize of the Audience in the 2005 André Marchal International Organ Competition in Biarritz.
Venue Information:
Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street
Worcester, MA, 01608