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SHERWINS PAINT THE TOWN WITH VIVALDI

Conductor Joseph Wincenc has always gone out of his way to spotlight Western New York's most accomplished musicians, resident or expatriate. So when the lid is raised on the 32nd season of the Clarence Summer Orchestra, Sunday at 7:30 p.m., it should surprise no one that the soloists will be the husband-wife team of flutist/piccoloist Sally Schopf Sherwin and bassoonist Jonathan Sherwin. Members of the Denver Symphony, the Sherwins got their early training while students, respectively, in the Clarence and Amherst school systems. Sally went on to Indiana University, Jonathan to the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University. Jonathan has led the more peripatetic career, with three years in the Festival of Two Worlds Orchestra in Spoleto, Italy, and a lot of Chicago free-lancing. But both have played in the American Chamber Symphony, and now are happy in Denver with their 3-year-old son, Seth. On Sunday the Sherwins will give the al fresco audience in Clarence Town Park a double dip of Vivaldi, with Sally playing the Piccolo Concerto in C, and Jonathan answering with his Bassoon Concerto in E minor. Wincenc will also conduct Gould's "American Salute," Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours," Berlin's "Symphonic Portrait" and selections from Porter's "Kiss Me Kate." Subsequent concerts in this series will present: July 8, Clarence High School Band in concert prior to its tour to Graz, Austria; July 15, violinist Nancy McFarland Gaub with orchestra; July 22, Jiebing Chen, virtuoso of the erhu (Chinese one-string violin) with orchestra; and July 29th, bass-baritone Thomas Witakowski with orchestra. Rain location: Clarence Senior High School. -- Herman Trotter

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