(Puerto Rico, Israel, Poland)
Presented by Musette and Artist Migration (duration 60 minutes)
International Music Group Perform Songs of Nature
A classical harpist, flutist, and soprano come together for an evening of pure delight.
This performance was made possible in part by the generous support of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.
Three outstanding performers from around the world have joined forces to bring you an evening of song, instruments, and nature. Marina Roznitovsky Oster is a harpist from Israel who now resides in Reno. Flutist Josué Casillas. Anna Helwing is a soprano originally from Poland. This talented music group will weave a program on nature themes, and will perform music set in a format of four parts, reminiscent of four seasons. The group will perform a variety of pieces from different eras, in various languages by such composers as Handel, Debussy, Delibes, Dvorak, and others.
Marina Roznitovsky Oster, harp
A native of Ukraine and raised in Israel, Marina started musical training at the age of 5. She focused on the harp at the age of 12, giving her first concerto performance just a year later. She has performed with many professional orchestras in Europe and in the US, and some of her performances were broadcast on national Israeli and US television and radio. She studied with several world-known harpists and received her three degrees in Harp Performance from Indiana University. She is currently teaching at UNR and TMCC and is a principle harpist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Susanville Symphony and performs with the Reno Philharmonic. Currently, Marina is engaged in a community outreach program, promoting the harp in the Northern Nevada schools and preparing for the next International Harp competition in Israel.
Josué Casillas, flute
Josué Casillas is principal flutist of the Symphony Orchestra of Puerto Rico, was principal flutist in Houston Grand Opera (1996-2001) and Symphony of Southeast Texas (2001-2004). A native of Bayamon and a graduate of the Escuela Libre de Música in San Juan, Josué was awarded his Bachelor of Music (1986), and Artist Diploma (1987) in the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 1994 Casillas won an internship with the Houston Symphony Orchestra through which completed the Master of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Currently, Josué Casillas is professor of flute at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, after serving as professor in the Interamerican University (1992) and as Assistant Professor at Baylor University in Waco, Texas (1993).
Anna Helwing, soprano
Anna was born and raised in Poland, where she earned B.A. and M.A. in English and American Literature, while also studying piano and organ at the Wroclaw School of Organ. After immigrating to U.S., Anna continued to pursue her passion for music, receiving M.M. in vocal performance at University of Nevada, Reno. As a solo vocalist, Anna has performed in Germany and Poland, and locally performs regularly with TOCCATA Orchestra and Chorus, chamber ensembles, and opera companies. Anna is also an instructor of piano and voice in Lake Tahoe Community College. Recently, she accepted a position of a choir director for Tahoe Choir.