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Marta Szlubowska Ensemble Opens Sclater Chamber Music Series at Mississippi College

August 1, 2014

A gifted violinist and Mississippi Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, Marta Szlubowska is an extraordinary performer.

The native of Warsaw, Poland takes center stage as the Marta Szlubowska Ensemble opens the Sclater Chamber Music Series this fall at Mississippi College.

The September 5 concert is among the premier events this season honoring the many contributions of retired MC music professor and award-winning composer James Sclater. The Alabama native retired in 2010 after four decades of splendid service to Mississippi College. But the Clinton resident continues to actively perform and compose music.

“The series has brought wonderful performance opportunities for local professional musicians, including many Mississippi Symphony members,” Szlubowska says. “We are grateful to Dr. Sclater for his vision and the MC administration and other music faculty for making this vision a reality.”

Marta will be joined at the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall stage by five other talented Mississippi Symphony Orchestra musicians. They are: Milena Rusanova and Emily Williams, both on violin, Ausra Jasineviciute on viola, Emily Baker on cello and Richard Brown on double bass. Marta’s father, Janusz Szlubowska will play the accordion.

The group performs classical and popular music pieces from around the globe. The hour-long concert sponsored by the Mississippi College Music Department begins at 7:30 p.m. that Friday evening. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

Making her music debut at age seven at the Warsaw Philharmonic Recital Hall, Szlubowska toured Great Britain at age 13. She came to the United States in 1983 to study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and received her bachelor of music degree. Marta earned a master’s of music in performance at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

The former concertmaster at the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin, Szlubowska also has performed on violin with orchestras in such states as Washington, Minnesota and Colorado. Marta was appointed Mississippi Symphony Orchestra concertmaster in Jackson in 2004.

The Sclater series will include four concerts on the Clinton campus in 2014-15. Next up, the Capitol Brass will headline the October 31st concert. The cost is $60 for season tickets. Patrons can purchase tickets online at www.mc.edu/marketplace. For more information, contact Dottie Serio of the Mississippi College Music Department at 601-925-3440 or serio@mc.edu.

Photo: Marta Szluboloska, concert master for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Jackson

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