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Mary Lynn Marx Bianco Honors Irena Portenko

 Friday, November 13, 2015

A generous gift from Mary Bianco, Music Conservatory Trustee, has enabled faculty member Irena Portenko’s students to participate in a series of harpsichord master classes taught by Executive Director Jean Newton, giving them the opportunity to experience the music of Bach and his contemporaries on the original instrument.  “The students are very excited. They are working on touch, technique, understanding the style and preparing assignments that teach them critical listening and creativity,” said Ms. Portenko. 

Irena and her students are extremely grateful that Mary’s generosity and Jean’s skills and methods allow the students to expand their horizons in their general knowledge and performance practice. The students will perform their pieces on the harpsichord in Ms. Portenko’s class recital this winter.  Thank you so much Mary Bianco!
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