Summer Serenade at the Denver-Vega Old School Baptist Church

Roxbury Arts Group’s celebrated summer series Essential Thursdays continues with Summer Serenade. This unforgettable night of chamber music features returning violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv and cellist Miho Zaitsu, along with violist Jonathan Weber. Among them, they've graced the stages of Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Hunan Symphony Orchestra; they've performed with artists as diverse as Billy Joel, Jay-Z, and the Irish Tenors.

  At the historic circa 1856 Old School Baptist Church in Denver-Vega Valley, you'll hear the Schubert Trio in Bb Major and Dohnanyi Serenade, among other selections. This is a rare opportunity to experience this music performed as it was intended - unamplified, in an intimate setting, on a moonlit night.

  Bring a plate to pass and join in the Potluck Dinner before the performance, beginning at 6:00 pm. The performance begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets for this event are $19 for adults and $17 for students and seniors when purchased in advance. All tickets purchased in the same day of the performance are $24. For tickets and more information, please visit or call 607-326-7908.

  “Full of Herculean power” (Time Out), cellist Miho Zaitsu continues to excite audiences with her thought-provoking performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent concerts have included her Carnegie Weill Hall debut and the premiere of Robert Moran’s Trinity Requiem for children’s chorus, four violoncelli and harp on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 at Trinity Church Wall Street. In New York, she regularly performs at Bargemusic, Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and the United Nations. Miho’s recent chamber music projects have included the InterPlay duo, collaborations with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in the Memling Ensemble, and as cellist of the Westerlund Trio. She has performed with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Paragon Orchestra, and String Orchestra of New York City throughout the United States as principal cello. Her popular musical appearances have included a performance with Imagine Dragons on Saturday Night Live. This season’s highlights include a chamber music at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, as well as a tour of Georgia, Hungary, Italy, and Sweden.
  Ukrainian violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv has quickly earned a reputation for performing with “distinctive charm and subtle profundity” (Daily Freeman, New York) and a “crystal clear and noble sound” (Culture and Life, Ukraine). Known for her work as a soloist and chamber musician, she regularly appears on solo concert series in North America, Europe, and Asia, and has been featured at prestigious chamber music festivals including Tanglewood, Ottawa Chamberfest, and Verbier Festival. Her performances are often broadcast on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio,Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and Chinese Hunan Television. In the 2015-2016 concert season, Ms. Ivakhiv will make solo appearances by Solomiya Ivakhiv will include the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra in Connecticut, as well as solo recitals and chamber concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, and the Syrinx Concert Series in Canada. Recent past concert seasons featured Ms. Ivakhiv at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Glenn Gould Studio, Piano Forte Foundation, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, University of Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra, Lviv Philharmonic, and Tchaikovsky Hall in Kyiv.
  Jonathan Weber maintains a versatile musical career in multiple genres as a violinist, violist, conductor and composer. A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and classically trained under violinist Daniel Phillips, Mr. Weber has collaborated in the chamber music field with artists including Daniel Phillips and Timothy Eddy of the Orion String Quartet, Tara Helen O’Connor of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Windscape, oboe virtuosos Ronald Roseman and Randall Wolfgang, and the Bach Aria Group. Mr. Weber has also made solo and ensemble appearances with symphony orchestras both in the United States and abroad.
  Branching into alternate musical genres such as jazz, hip-hop, country, and rock, Mr. Weber has performed with artists including Billy Joel, Roger Daltrey, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Taylor Swift, Idina Menzel, Sarah McLachlan, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, Savion Glover, Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles, Alicia Keys, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, Eryka Badu, Corey Glover, the Roots, the Irish Tenors, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, the Mahavishnu Project, and fusion band DBR & The Mission (Opus 3 Artists) for which he has received critical acclaim. As an active New York freelancer, Mr. Weber performs regularly in the Broadway circuit and has appeared as violinist with the vintage jazz band, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. CD credits include Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium, Jay-Z: Kingdom Come, Albert Hammond Jr.: Como Te Llama, and Boardwalk Empire Volume 3: Music from the HBO series. Mr. Weber has also participated in television and film score collaborations with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto and Steven Van Zandt.
  Tickets for Summer Serenade at the Roxbury Arts Group's Old School Baptist Church venue are $19 for adults and $17 for students and seniors when purchased in advance. All tickets purchased in the same day of the performance are $24. For tickets and more information, please visit or call 607-326-7908.
  This event is generously sponsored by Beaverdam Builders. All Roxbury Arts Group events are made possible with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts, the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation, the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation, Robert & Nellie Gipson, WIOX Community Radio 91.3 FM, the generosity of our business supporters, and individuals like you.