WESTMINSTER — Pianist Ann Heiligman Saslav, highly regarded both here and abroad for her playing as well as her interest in music appreciation for young people, will make her Western Maryland College debut on Sunday in aSundays of Note performance of the songs of Irving Berlin. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in McDaniel Hall Lounge. Saslav will provide piano accompaniment for vocalists Ruth Drucker (soprano) and Steven Scheinberg (baritone) on a number of Berlin's most popular songs, as well as on a few that could be called undiscovered treasures. Saslav will provide narration for these pieces, many of which rank among the greatest examples of 20th-century American songcraft.
A native of Texas, Saslav graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and studied music in Vienna on a Fulbright Scholarship.
She also has a master's degree in music and performer's certificate from Indiana University.
Her recitals, lectures, and musical residences have taken her throughout the United States, as well as to Canada, Mexico and Europe. She regularly travels to New Zealand, whereshe performs as a soloist with her husband, violinist Isidor Saslav.
She has been a soloist with the Baltimore, Houston, San Antonio, and New Zealand orchestras, as well as with the Akron Symphony and Concert Soloists of Philadelphia. She possesses a strong interest in music education for children and has developed a series of concerts forchildren called Adventures with the Arts.
She also has written and produced a wide variety of scripts and programs for libraries, museums, television and orchestras.
Drucker was born in Vienna and received her music education from the Eastman School of Music. She studied with Lotte Lehmann and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Vienna Akademie fuer Musik and the Salsburg Mozarteum.
She has soloed with theBaltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra at theKennedy Center, the Harford Opera Theater, Baltimore Chamber Opera and Annapolis Opera. Drucker teaches voice at Towson State University and is a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory.
A Baltimore native, Scheinberg received his vocal training from Fred Petrich and Alan Seal.
He has soloed with the Baltimore Symphony and has sung principal roles with the Young Victorian Theatre and Baltimore Opera.
His other featured solos have taken place with Peabody Opera Theatre and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. In 1989, he appeared with PeterSchickele in P.D.Q. Bach's "The Seasonings."
Looking to the spring, Sundays of Note will present the Phoenix Repertory Dance Company on April 5 in a special return engagement in Alumni Hall.
Established in 1983 as a professional modern dance group in residence at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the company is home to some of the region's best dancers. They perform works by both company members and visiting choreographers.
Under the artistic direction of Carolyn Hess, Phoenix has created an active repertory of more than 30 dances, including choreography by Jos Limn, James Waring, Hannah Kahn,Daniel West, Victoria Uris, Dan Wagoner, Daniel McCusker, Beth Corning and Janet Soares. Several of these works were created specificallyfor the company.
Each year, Phoenix also premiers at least one new work commissioned by a notable out-of-town choreographer. Phoenix has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Richmond Dance Invitational, the Baltimore Theatre Project, the Baltimore Museum of Art and numerous other art centers.
The Sundays of Note series is sponsored jointly by the Western Maryland College Department of Music, the WMC College Activities Programming Board and the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust.
The CAP Board is a volunteer student organization that coordinates social, cultural and educational opportunities for the WMC community.
The Peggy and Yale Gordon Trustwas established primarily to provide support for various cultural and educational institutions in and around metropolitan Baltimore. Helping provide concert career opportunities for young emerging artists as well as established artists is a continuing activity of the trust.
Admission is $5; students 18 and under are admitted free.
Information: 857-2265 or 876-2055, Ext. 265.