Piano Trio Concert Takes the Stage at Unitarian Church's 'Afternoon Music' Series Apr. 3

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SUMMIT, NJ - Violinist Eric Wyrick, concertmaster of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, will perform in a unique piano trio concert April 3, part of the Unitarian Church of Summit's Afternoon Music Series.

The performance begins at 4 p.m., and will also showcase Cellist Mariko Wyrick and pianist Mitchell Vines, who will join the violinist in performing duos and trios by Haydn, Kodaly, Schumann and Piazzola. The audience is invited to meet the artists at a reception following the concert.

Eric Wyrick started playing the violin at age four, studied at Juilliard and began his varied orchestral career at the age of 14 with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. He has been Concertmaster of the American Symphony, Eos and L’opera Francais de New York and appears each year as soloist with the New Jersey Symphony.

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Since 1988, he has been a member and frequent leader with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which is recognized for being the first notable ensemble of its kind to institute democratic leadership. Last fall, he was elected Orpheus’ artistic coordinator, making him leader of the group’s three-person Artistic Directors board.

He has had several television appearances including on the PBS “Dance in America” series and on BBC’s “Great Composers.” A founding performer at the Bard Music Festival, he has recorded for Bridge Records, Vanguard and, with Orpheus, Deutsche Grammophon.

Cellist Mariko Wyrick is a member of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is a four-time winner of the Marin Music Chest scholarship award. A graduate of Juiliiard, she performed in New York’s Weill Recital Hall as winner of the American Fine Arts Festival competition and performs actively on the New York City concert scene.

The Wyrick family is widely recognized for its many skilled string players. Mariko Wyrick is the daughter of Eric Wyrick’s brother Peter, associate principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony. Her mother Amy Hiraga is a violinist with the San Francisco orchestra.

Pianist Mitchell Vines is also Afternoon Music’s artistic director. He has a lively performing career that has taken him to Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the United States. The German newspaper Hessiche-Niedersachsische Allgemeine wrote, "The sensitive playing of American pianist Mitchell Vines captivated the audience. He performed with virtuosity and bravura."

His teaching and performing experience includes positions with the Aspen Music Festival, Mannes School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Harlem School of the Arts, Berkshire Choral International, New York Summer Opera Scenes, Cunard Cruise Lines, and CantaLyrica Chamber Choir. He was twice soloist with the New York Repertory Orchestra, performing Bartok's 3rd Piano Concerto and Milhaud's Le Carnaval d'Aix.

Vines is highly in demand as a collaborative pianist and is a music director for theater, opera, and cabaret. He is the music and choir director at The Unitarian Church in Summit and at Temple Israel in New York City. This summer will be his seventh year with Berkshire Choral International, where he will serve as pianist/faculty for three weeks.

Afternoon Music tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. Students are welcome free. The series is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

For advance tickets, send a check made out to Afternoon Music to the Church at 4 Waldron Avenue, Summit 07901.  Further information is available at 908-273-2899 or www.ucsummit.org.

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