Friday, October 18, 2019

Distant Light Septet to be performed on Long Island NY

Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble in Multi-Media Concert Saturday, 6pm November 2nd at Vanderbilt Museum’s Reichert Planetarium in Centerport, New York - this performance will include Russo's septet "Distant Light" for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet.

Performers of Canta Libre are Sally Shorrock, flute, Karen Lindquist, harp, Bradley Bosenbeck, violin, Veronica Salas, viola and Bernard Tamosaitis, cello, with special guests Cherry Yeung, violin and Alex Morano, clarinet.

Tickets for this concert are $20 on-line; $25 at the door; and $15 for children 15 and younger, available at or below. For more information and directions, call 631-854-5579 or visit

Monday, October 14, 2019

Violin Sonata Completed

Russo recently completed work on his first Violin Sonata -- for violin and piano.  The work was composed in gratitude for master violin teacher Dora Schwarzberg and excellent pianist Giuliano Mazzoccante - both of whom Russo met during his attendance at the Chieti (Italy) International Music Festival during the summer of 2019.   Russo is particularly grateful for Ms. Schwarzberg's excellent and inspired teaching during her master classes - many of which Russo attended.  His new violin sonata is in three movements: Allegro, Romanze, Giocoso and runs about 22 minutes.  If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound files of each of its movements you may do so below.

Oboe Solo Performed

On Sunday, October 6, 2019 Russo's Oboe Solo was performed by oboist Dorothy Darlington at the Hilltop Music Collective concert at the 2nd Congregational Church in Greenwich Connecticut.  Dorothy successfully performed this piece on English horn.   Russo attended this performance.

Woodwind Quintet Performance

At 3pm on September 22, 2019 Russo's Woodwind Quintet was performed by members of the Chamber Music by the River program in Chester, Connecticut.  The program is under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore and Kathryn Giampietro.  The members of the quintet which performed Russo's Woodwind Quintet were: Mary Schmelcke flute, Mary Polezonis oboe, Cindy McGrath clarinet, Barbar Sardone horn and Brenda Tousignant bassson.   Russo attended the beautiful event in Chester CT.