Music Inspired by Dance: Sylvia Wehrs, Violin

Music Inspired by Dance: Sylvia Wehrs, Violin

  • Sylvia Wehrs, Violin
    November 10, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach continues its free Sunday afternoon concerts at the Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth, OH 44281 at 2pm with Cleveland-based violinist Sylvia Wehrs. Sylvia will perform solo violin music inspired by dance from Bach’s Partitas to Piazzola’s Tango Etudes. Reservations are recommended by calling 330-722-2541 as seating is limited.

About Sylvia Wehrs

Sylvia Wehrs is a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music, with both a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance and a Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. A fully registered teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she teaches at the Music Settlement, Laurel School, Thrive Arts Center, and maintains a private studio. As a performer, she plays regularly throughout the Cleveland area with the Akron Symphony, Citymusic Cleveland, and Cleveland Opera Theater. Ms Wehrs also works internationally, recently teaching and performing in Harare, Zimbabwe, Osorno, Chile, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, Music Inspire Africa, and the Global Leaders Program.

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Duo Mercury: 20th Century Violin and Cello Duets

Duo Mercury: 20th Century Violin and Cello Duets

  • Duo Mercury
    February 10, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents Cleveland based musicians (McKenna Glorioso (violin) and Mia Ingram (cello) in a program that will showcase 20th century violin and cello duets.

Among selections from composers such as Ravel and Kodaly, the Duo will give a fresh face to familiar classics, and will include some crowd favorites you may recognize from places other than the classical stage. Sit back and listen as Duo Mercury takes you on a journey throughout 20th century music.

The one hour program takes place at Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth on February 10, 2019 at 2pm. Admission is free, but reservations recommended at 330-722-2541, or by visiting

About the Artists

Mia Ingram is a cellist originally from Minneapolis whose career thus far has mainly focused on chamber music. She began studying cello at age nine and soon joined the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra, eventually competing as a runner-up in the orchestra’s concerto competition.

Mia has studied chamber music with members of the Shanghai String Quartet, Brooklyn Rider,
the Artaria String Quartet, and the Arianna String Quartet. During high school she studied with
Mina Fisher and was a member of the award-winning Warner String Quartet, which won several
prizes in the Twin Cities area. Mia has attended many summer chamber music festivals
including, most recently, the fellowship program at Madeline Island Chamber Music in both
2017 and 2018.

Mia recently completed a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance at McGill University’s
Schulich School of Music under the tutelage of Matt Haimovitz. She was a finalist in the
concerto competition in 2017 and also graduated with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and
Feminist, and Social Justice Studies. She now resides in Cleveland, Ohio as a freelancer with
local orchestras, as a soloist, and with Duo Mercury.

McKenna Glorioso is currently studying for a Master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music with William Preucil. She completed a Bachelor Degree from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in 2017 studying with Axel Strauss and Marcelle Mallette. McKenna currently performs with both the Akron and Canton Symphonies as well as Cleveland Pops and the Cleveland Opera Theatre. McKenna spent the summer of 2018 in Breckenridge, Colorado as a
fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra. As an educator, McKenna is registered with the Suzuki Association.

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James and Madelaine Matej MacQueen: Violin & Voice; a Romance

James and Madelaine Matej MacQueen: Violin & Voice; a Romance

Event Phone: 330-722-2541

  • Violin and Voice; A Romance
    September 9, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents soprano Madelaine Matej MacQueen and violinist James Matej MacQueen in a program of duets. Since the 1500s, people have compared the sound of the violin to the human voice. In this program, the artists present original works and arrangements of pieces that showcase the happy marriage of the violin and the soprano voice. From madrigals by Monteverdi to works written just this year, the duo traces the path of their unique combination through history to create an enthralling musical tale!

About the Artists

James Matej MacQueen is an active composer and performer on the violin and baroque viola. He plays viola with the Case Western Reserve Baroque Orchestra, as well as violin and viola in recitals locally and in California. Mr. MacQueen is also in demand as a Scottish fiddle player for concerts and dances across the United States, most recently in Texas, Oregon, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and California, as well as locally in Northeast Ohio. He has recorded two albums of fiddle music with the band StringFire.

In the fall of 2017, Mr. MacQueen completed his most recent work for violin and piano. He has also written extensively for violin and soprano with the Wednesday Love song cycle, which won the Lamont Composer Competition in 2014. Mr. MacQueen earned a Masters in Violin Performance from University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance & Composition from University of the Pacific.

In addition to performing and composing, Mr. MacQueen maintains a private studio of violin and viola students in Shaker Heights.

American-born soprano Madelaine Matej has won praise for her clear, agile lyricism and versatile stage characterizations. At University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, her undergraduate roles with Pacific Opera Theater included Gabrielle in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne (2016), Celidora in Mozart’s L’Oca del Cairo by (2015), and Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (2014).

In 2012, Ms. Matej sang the role of Erster Knabe in the Hawaii Performing Arts

Festival production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and performed in the festival’s musical revue. In 2008, she sang Flora in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with San Francisco Lyric Opera and drew praise from Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle for “[rising] magnificently to the challenge…her singing bright and true, and her stage presence a compelling mixture of playfulness and turmoil.” That same year, she created the role of Dory Kamen in San Francisco Opera’s celebrated world premiere of The Bonesetter’s Daughter, by Stewart Wallace.

Following study in Italy at the 2014 Pistoia Musica Antica summer festival, Ms. Matej presented a lecture-recital titled Don’t Look Back! A Eurydice Retrospective. The performance used the character Eurydice as a model to explore the silencing of female characters throughout operatic history. Ms. Matej’s concert credits include soloist in Mozart’s Vespera solennis de confessore (2015) and both Mary and the Daughter of Zion in Handel’s Brockes Passion (2014), both with Pacific Choral Ensembles.

First-place competition awards include the Avanti Award (2016); Kathe Underwood Scholarship of Stockton Opera Guild (2015); the Ray Eberle Vocal Scholarship of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society (2013); the Classical division winner of the California Capital Chapter, National Association of Teachers of Singing (2013); and the Manlio Silva Young Artist Award from Stockton Symphony (2012).

Ms. Matej graduated from University of the Pacific in May 2016 with a B.M. in Vocal Performance, summa cum laude. She studied with tenor Daniel Ebbers and was designated a Powell Scholar in Pacific’s most distinctive academic program. She has been privileged to train in master classes with Wagnerian soprano Linda Watson, William Schumann from the Academy of Vocal Arts, and Broadway music director Paul Staroba. In May 2015, she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor society for musical achievement and academic scholarship.

Ms. Matej is currently a Ph.D student in Musicology at Case Western Reserve University.

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