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MSO recital features piano quintet

December 09, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Two members of a piano quintet perform at Sunday afternoon's MSO recital at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
Two members of a piano quintet perform at Sunday afternoon's MSO recital at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

The holiday rush slowed to a more relaxed pace inside the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday afternoon when a Maryland Symphony Orchestra recital offered the sounds of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

The MSO recitals at the museum began when orchestra was celebrating its 25th anniversary and the museum was marking its 75th anniversary, according to Sandy Wantz, chairperson of the museum’s program and education committee.

All musicians in the MSO are made aware of the recitals and musicians usually submit demos to be considered for the performances, said Wantz, explaining that the recitals started about five years ago.

The piano quintet performing at Sunday afternoon’s recital included Rebecca Racusin, Sarah D’Angelo, Dana Rokosny, Jessica Sammis and Berenika Schmitz.

Racusin, who made her solo debut at 15 years old, has performed at venues across the United States and Canada and became a tenured member of the MSO in 2008.

D’Angelo has performed with the Washington Concert Opera and maintains teaching studios in Olney, Md.

Rokosny is a rotating principal violist of the self-conducted Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and is a principal violist of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

“I’ve noticed we have a number of Shepherdstonians here ... supporting her today,” Rebecca Massie Lane, director of the museum, told about 50 people at Sunday’s performance.

Sammis is the assistant principal cellist of the MSO and Schmitz’s performances have been broadcast on Classic FM, MDR Germany and BBC.

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