March 30, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – Sister Magdalena Ezoe, OP, pianist, will offer compositions by Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) during a concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019. Part of the First Sunday Music Series, Sister Magdalena’s concert is at St. Catherine Chapel on the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse Campus, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian.
The concert features Prelude in A major, two waltzes of Opus 64, Nocturne in E Flat Major, Fantaisie-Impromptu, Etude in E, Opus 10. Sister Magdalena will also perform Nocturne in C# Minor and Waltz in A Minor, both of which were discovered after Chopin’s death.
Born in Tokyo, Sister Magdalena came to the United States to study at Barry College (now University) in Miami, Florida, where she met and later joined the Adrian Dominican Sisters. She taught music for 37 years at Siena Heights University and has composed parts for the Catholic Mass, hymns, chamber music, and music for the organ and the piano.
All are welcome to this free concert.
February 10, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – Violinist Jillienne Bowers, MM, joins Sister Magdalena Ezoe, OP, pianist, in a concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Part of the First Sunday Music Series offered by Sister Magdalena, the concert is held at St. Catherine Chapel on the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse Campus, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian.
The concert features Romance in F major by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827); “Song of India” from the opera Sadko by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908); selected violin pieces by Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962); and Czardas by Vittorio Monti (1868-1922).
Jillienne Bowers, MM, is Director of the Youth Symphony Orchestra and an Adjunct Professor of Violin/Viola at Siena Heights University in Adrian. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in music from the University of Boston. Trained in the Suzuki method of teaching music, she teaches 18 violin students in her private studio, directs the String Department at Lenawee Christian Schools, and for the past 18 years has held a full-time position in the first violin section of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.