American Landmark Festivals presents the third in its series of concerts this season at the Smith Opera House. The Scarborough Trio of New York City, consisting of Gina Valvano, bassoonist, Erin Lesser, flutist, and Thomas Cuffari, pianist, will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Scarborough Trio will offer a sneak preview of their upcoming program in Carnegie Recital Hall, which is scheduled for Feb. 1 in New York City, including Carl Maria von Weber, Chick Corea, Eugene Goossens, Astor Piazzolla, and Andrew R. Noble and Ron Bowlin.
A native of Rochester, bassoonist Gina Valvano has been awarded scholarships for all of her instrumental studies, has played under famous conductors Lucas Foss, Gerard Schwartz and Kurt Masur, last year toured Russia, Estonia and the U.S. with the American-Russian Chamber Players, and is founding member of the Pentasonic Winds.
In constant demand as soloist and chamber musician, Canadian flutist Erin Lesser is a member of Ensemble Subtilior, a five member contemporary ensemble which will reappear at the Microtonal Festival in 2003 and be featured in a New York festival of new French music in March. She has participated in numerous summer festivals in Germany and the U.S., including the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, and will appear with the flute/percussion Due East in Tennessee and Ohio this season.
Pianist Thomas Cuffari began studying, giving concerts and competing at an early age. He received a bachelor's degree in piano performance in California, and was a winner in the Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarship Competition, Southern California Bach Festival, South Western Chopin Competition, Los Angeles Liszt Competition, Cypress College 20th Century Competition, and the Southern California Bartok Festival. He has performed in Europe, Asia and the U.S., and has also studied organ with Dr. Frederick Swann.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students and seniors, on sale at the Smith box office. Further information may be obtained from The Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, at 781-5483.