Accordionist to present concerts


Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

The New Music Guild will present a free concert by internationally known accordionist Mary Tokarski at 7 p.m. Friday at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, 421 Covington St. Tokarski will give a second concert at 7 p.m. next Saturday at Jefferson Congregational Church, 41 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson.

Tokarski is the president of the American Accordionists Association. Her appearances as orchestral soloist include the Auckland Symphony (New Zealand), the Prince George Philharmonic (Maryland), the Pioneer Valley Symphony (Massachusetts), the Waterbury Symphony (Connecticut), the Bronxville Pops Orchestra (New York), the Mantovani Orchestra (mainland China tour), the Wolf Trap Orchestra and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

She has released three solo CD albums, “Music with Mary … with My Friends,” “Music with Mary … for my Friends” and “Have Yourself A Mary Merry Christmas.”

In collaboration with Karen Malan-Uribe and Joan Geller Grauman, Tokarski narrates and performs the music for the book “An Accordion! What is That?”

Her interests in education led her to serve as director of music at the Tokarski Music Center in Connecticut, where she taught piano and accordion, directed the choral and ensemble programs, and supervised preschool activities. Along with piano and accordion teaching at her home studio, she travels extensively presenting workshops, master classes, coaching privately, and adjudicating for national and international juries.

In her Mahoning Valley concerts, Tokarski will perform works by John Gart, Eugene Ettore, Carmen Carrozza and many more.

Violinist Gwyneth Rollin accompanied by pianist Robert Rollin, coordinators of the New Music Guild, will open the concerts with a performance of Rollin’s original setting of “The Wandering Bird,” an old Puerto Rican folk song.

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