Rush Hour Concert
Ward Hall, 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
The AronBerkner Duo has been playing concerts together for more than 10 years. Their repertoire includes all the flute/guitar masterworks and features several works specially written for them. Their appearances in Italy have led to the establishment of an annual summer chamber music festival there, Suonare in Italia. The duo’s first CD, “Tropicale,” was released in 2012 on the Clear Note label and welcomed by Soundboard Magazine as “a first rate and thoroughly enjoyable recording”.
Jane Berkner is the interim flute professor at the University of Akron where she is performing with the faculty woodwind quintet, Solaris. She has played in the Akron, Ashland, Canton and Youngstown Symphonies, the Ohio Ballet Orchestra, the Botzum Summer Festival Orchestra, and for touring shows at EJ Thomas Hall in Akron, Playhouse Square in Cleveland and Blossom Center’s Porthouse Theater. In 2007 she released a CD with pianist Kim Bakkum, “In Cynthia’s Garden,” described by Cleveland Classical as “wonderfully charming… and magnificently performed.”
Stephen Aron is Professor of Music and Chairman of Guitar Studies at the University of Akron and Teacher of Classical Guitar and founder of the classical guitar studies program at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Described by the New York Times as “cultivated and musical,” Stephen Aron has established himself at the center of the American classical guitar scene. Recent activity has taken him across North America and Europe, including appearances in Canada, France, Denmark and Italy and Germany. He has released eight CD’s to critical acclaim. His repertoire includes the complete mazurkas of Chopin, volumes of music of Mendelssohn and Schumann and new works by both contemporary composers and “lost” works, such as the complete guitar compositions of Walter Burle Marx. In addition to his work with the AronBerkner Duo, he performs regularly with JoNell Aron (soprano), the Gabrieli Ensemble (strings) and Poco Tango (a quartet with flute, bass and percussion).