TANYING DONG, SOPRANO
Tanying Dong studied vocal performance in New York City and has sung in recitals, concerts, and operas in New York and Chicago in the U.S., as well as France and Austria. She is an alumna of the esteemed Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance young artist program in Manhattan, and a first place winner of the De Vive Voix Festival in France. Ms. Dong currently studies with soprano Sari Gruber.
ROI MAZARE, CLARINET
Roi Mezare is the Principal Clarinet of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and previously served as a member of the Erie Philharmonic. Roi has also appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Opera, and Ballet, as well as the New World Symphony in Miami and the IDF Orchestra. Roi has earned the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Tom Thomas Award, the Israel-America Cultural Foundation Award, and first prize in the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival for two consecutive years. Roi has had the distinguished honor of performing around the world through his military service in Israel, and has provided formal education through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and Seaton Hill University in Greensburg. Roi studied with distinguished clarinetists Michael Rusinek, Avrahm Galper and Yitzhak Katzap, and received his Master’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University School of Music and Bachelor’s Degree from the Glenn Gould Professional Music School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
JAMES LESNIAK, PIANO
James Lesniak joined the Pittsburgh Opera music staff during the 2006-2007 season. He studied at Indiana University with pianists Menahem Pressler, Karen Shaw, and Evelyne Brancart, and has served on the coaching staff of Brevard Music Center, Glimmerglass Opera, Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, and the National Symphony. James has also served as an official accompanist for both District and Regional Metropolitan Opera Competitions, and returns to the music staff of the prestigious Santa Fe Opera during the summer months.
Performing pieces by Donizetti, Handel, Rachmaninoff, Schubert & Spohr Reception and “meet & greet” with the performers after the concert
Tickets can be purchased online for $25, or for $30 at the door
Girls Hope of Pittsburgh is an affiliate of Boys Hope Girls Hope International, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become “women for others.” Girls Hope works to break patterns of abuse, poverty and neglect by providing a value-centered, nurturing, family-like home, opportunities, and a quality education.
Thank you to everyone who was part of our Fox Chapel Evening of Hope! With the support of our co-chairs, captains, family and friends, we were able to raise $40,000 for the Girls Hope Program! A special thank you to Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, UPMC Health Plan, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Tri-State Capital for being such generous sponsors.