Felicia Brunelle and Fred Gratta Perform with Guest Artist Cheryl Tschanz

(Bradenton, Fla., March 4, 2016) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) faculty members Dr. Felicia Brunelle, violin, and Fred Gratta, cellist, will perform with guest artist Cheryl Tschanz, pianist, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at SCF Bradenton in Neel Performing Arts Center, located between 26th and 34th Streets on 60th Avenue West.

As an established trio, they perform music by female composers Amy Beach, Gwyneth Walker and others. The trio will perform a night of chamber music.

Brunelle is a longstanding member of the Sarasota Orchestra and concertmaster for the 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 and in Eisenstadt, Austria, at the Esterhazy Palace, one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in Austria.

Gratta, principal cellist for the St. Petersburg Opera Company and Tampa Bay Symphony, will perform with Brunelle. He has been a member of the Florida Orchestra since 1994 and is an adjunct professor at SCF and Eckerd College. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Southern California. Gratta makes regular appearances at numerous national and international festivals including the Festival de Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy where he performed as principal cellist under Richard Hickox for a televised broadcast of Mendelssohn's Elijah.

Tschanz made her major orchestral debut at age 11 as guest soloist with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has played in concert halls throughout North America and Europe and was the first recipient of the Thayer Fellowship for the Arts. She has received numerous prizes at international piano competitions. She studied for one year at Peabody Conservatory and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University and a doctorate from State University of New York at Stony Brook. Chamber music occupies a prominent place in her professional life with a special interest in new music from living, female and Latin American composers. She lives in Orlando, here she maintains a private teaching studio and is active as a soloist and chamber musician.

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.

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