Faculty Recital Features American Music at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center

(Bradenton, Fla., Sept. 20, 2016) — Music faculty members Felicia Brunelle on violin and Fred Gratta on cello will be joined by guest artist Cheryl Tschanz on piano to present “Coming to America” at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. The concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center will feature piano trios by Dvořák and other composers in America.

Brunelle received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is the concertmaster for the Missouri Symphony and the Sarasota Pops Orchestra. Brunelle also is celebrating her 27th year as violinist with the Sarasota Orchestra. Gratta holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and University of Southern California. He is a longstanding member of The Florida Orchestra and is a regular guest performer at the Bellingham Festival of Music. Tschanz holds a doctorate from SUNY/Stony Brook, teaches piano and performs with the Cleveland Symphony.

Czech composer Antonin Dvořák was director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City from 1892 to 1895. His main goal in America was to discover “American music” and during this time composed his triumphant Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” for the New York Philharmonic.

General admission is $8; student tickets are $4. For more information or to buy tickets, call SCF’s Neel box office at 941-752-5252 or email A complete list of music events is available at

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