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Violinist Jillienne Bowers to Perform Concert with Sister Magdalena Ezoe, OP

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.

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.


First Sunday Music Series Features Music by Bartók

January 15, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – Sister Magdalena Ezoe, OP, Professor of Music Emerita at Siena Heights University, continues her First Sunday Music Series on February 3, 2019, with a number of compositions by Béla Bartók. The concert begins at 1:30 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel at the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse Campus, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian.

The concert will feature Three Hungarian Folksongs; Evening in the Country; Diary of a Fly; and Dance in Bulgarian Rhythms. Sister Magdalena will also play the CDs of Bartók’s Game of Pairs, from his Concerto for Orchestra, featuring bassoons, oboes, clarinets, flutes, and trumpets in pairs, and his Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Adagio section, often called Night Music because of its quiet and mysterious quality.  

The free concert, open to the public, will also feature brief presentations by Sister Magdalena on the composer, the compositions, and what to listen for in the music.

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. Sister Magdalena taught music for Siena Heights for 37 years and has composed parts for the Catholic Mass, hymns, chamber music, and other music for the organ and the piano.


 

 

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