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Monticello Alumnae Marina Lombardi and Jessica Nesin to perform together to support scholarship fund
Recital this Sunday, July 28 at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre

 Marina Lombardi and Jessica Nesin
July 24, 2013 - Monticello alumnae Marina Lombardi and Jessica Nesin will perform together this Sunday at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre at 2 p.m.

Lombardi (Class of 2010), a mezzo soprano studying at Manhattan School of Music and Nesin (Class of 2012), who studies piano at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, are both home for summer break. While home, both women recently took part in the Nesin Cultural Arts International Music Academy - Marina as a staff member and organizer and Jessica as a program participant.

Having known each other most of their lives, both women began playing music at a young age, shared music teachers and took advantage of Monticello’s first-rate music program. They both attended pre-college preparatory training in New York City as teens and went on to study music at the university level.

“We recently performed together for the Scholarship recital,” said Jessica, referring to the Eugene D. Nesin Memorial Scholarship. “But this is the first summer season for Nesin Cultural Arts, and it is so exciting to see the organization grow and be able to help support it.”

Nesin Cultural Arts is a recently formed not-for-profit that promotes music education and arts enrichment in the community. The organization is named for Eugene D. Nesin, a 33-year Board of Education member and staunch supporter of the arts and education.

The International Music Academy summer program featured performance classes, interactive music history classes, instruction and live performances for 32 local and international students ranging in age from 9 to 19. Classes were taught by a professional faculty from all over the world and students from China’s International Piano Academy, The Amati Music Festival and the Nesin Cultural Arts Aspiring Young Musicians Program participated.

“It has been such a learning experience this summer,” said Lombardi. “Working for the Academy has given me a great opportunity to supervise an actual program.” Lombardi, a volunteer firefighter with the White Lake Fire Co., has also been able to resume her duties with the company and at the same time spend time with her brother, also a firefighter.

Lombardi and Nesin will perform a set of Dvoř├ík gypsy melodies (seven in all, sung in Czech), as well as works by Debussy, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, and contemporary pieces by the American composers Richard Hageman and Ricky Ian Gordon. In addition, Jessica will perform pieces by Rachmaninoff and Beethoven for solo piano.

The performance is Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre for the Performing Arts at 22 St. John St. Monticello. Suggested donation (tax deductible) is $18, students 18 and under are free. All proceeds to benefit the Eugene D. Nesin Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Photo: Marina Lombardi (left) and Jessica Nesin (right) rehearse for their performance on July, 28.