SCF’s Brunelle and Gratta Perform Faculty Recital with Guest Artist

(Bradenton, Fla., April 3, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) faculty members Dr. Felicia Brunelle, violin, and Alfred Gratta, cello, will perform a faculty recital with guest artist Cheryl Tschanz, piano, at 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., in Neel Performing Arts Center, building 11 East.

As an established trio, they perform music by female composers Amy Beach, Gwyneth Walker and others.  Walker will give a lecture to students and community members at 1 p.m. April 21 in the Music and Theatre Building, 11 West, room 189, and will interact with the audience at 7:40 p.m. prior to the concert in Neel Performing Arts Center.

Brunelle is a longstanding member of the Sarasota Orchestra and concertmaster for the Sarasota Pops Orchestra and Missouri Symphony. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in music from Indiana University and a doctorate in music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. As an active chamber musician, she performs throughout the United States. She also performed in Eisenstadt, Austria, at the Esterhazy palace, one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in Austria.

Gratta is a member of the Florida Orchestra and serves as principal cellist of the St. Petersburg Opera Company and Tampa Bay Symphony. He is a member of the artistic staff for the Pinellas Youth Symphony and president of the Greater Pinellas Music Teachers Association. Gratta also makes regular appearances at national and international festivals. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Southern California.

Tschanz maintains a private teaching studio in Celebration, Fla., and has an active solo and chamber performance schedule. She is former assistant professor of music at Colby College, where she directed the piano and accompanying programs. She earned a Doctor of Music degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

General admission is $8. Tickets are $4 for students and SCF employees. For more information, contact the SCF music department at 941-752-5351 or Neel Performing Arts Center Box Office at 941-752-5252. Maps and directions are online at Neel Performing Arts Center is off 60th Avenue West between 26th and 34th streets, accessible from parking lots H or I.

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