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Classical Music Composer & Pianist Sharon Ruchman to Perform at Westport, CT Library March 20
Contemporary music composer and pianist, Sharon Ruchman, creator of two CDs, "Sharon Ruchman Chamber Music" and "Arrival of Spring", will perform her original piano composition, "Promise", at the Westport Library on Sunday, March 20th at 2:00 PM.
Sharon Ruchman released her “Sharon Ruchman Chamber Music” CD in November of 2009. This was her first classical chamber music CD and it features eight pieces (18 tracks) that were all performed and recorded in northwestern Connecticut, and released in the fall of 2009.
In November 2010, Ruchman released her second CD, “Arrival of Spring” which she stated, “Offers a unique, transcending quality. My composition style is contemporary classical music. Some of the pieces on the new CD provide a chamber music feel. Other pieces elicit an upbeat, yet soothing, musical quality. Serenity set to melody is how some people have described my unique music.” She explained that, “Most of my pieces are lyrical since I love writing beautiful melodies. Texture also plays an important role in my music, and I believe the pieces I perform offer a real variety of sounds and colors, with all of these textural elements combined.”
In March of 2010, two of Ruchman’s original compositions, “Day at Play” and “Day’s End”, were featured at the 10th Annual Women Composers Festival in West Hartford, Connecticut. In November 2009, one of her compositions was selected by the National Composers Association to be performed as part of the “Music Under the Redwoods” concert in Portola, California. During the past two years, Sharon Ruchman’s original music is often aired on WSHU and WMNR in Connecticut.
On April 9, 2011, Sharon Ruchman, accompanied by cellist Mary Costanza, will perform at 6:00 PM at The Henderson Cultural Center at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford, Connecticut. Founded by the late musical composer and performer, Skitch Henderson, the Center was created to “Celebrate American Music, Art and Culture”.
A Yale School of Music and New England Conservatory of Music graduate, Ms. Ruchman will perform pieces on her CD featuring flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, piano, violin, viola, and cello. All of the 18 tracks were performed with musicians from throughout Connecticut, and recorded at The Hebbard House in Washington, The Dome in Southbury, and the Kent School Chapel in Kent, all in Litchfield County, Connecticut. The CD was produced in cooperation with Gary Bertz and Wayne Hileman of Candlewood Digital LLC in Washington, Connecticut.
Ms. Ruchman is a member of the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum, and IAWN, International Alliance for Women in Music. She earned her Master of Music (MM) degree at The Yale School of Music, and her Bachelor of Music (BM) degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. She was an accompanist with the New England Conservatory chorus, and she returned to the Yale School of Music to study composition in private lessons with Yale graduate, teacher and accomplished composer, Orianna Webb. “During those studies,” Ruchman recalled, “I never imagined I would compose classical chamber music.”
Brief, 10 second intervals of Sharon Ruchman’s two CDs, “Sharon Ruchman Chamber Music” and “Arrival of Spring” can be heard on www.SharonRuchman.com. Orders for the CD can also be placed on the site, Amazon.com, itunes.com, and CDBaby.com.