Meet the musicians on ‘Driving at night’

GinaThomas_071113_0030Cellist Gina Pezzoli is active as an orchestral and chamber musician, performing frequently as a member of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Novus Ensemble, Carolina Ballet, and the Opera Company of North Carolina. She has also performed with the North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA), and the Charleston Symphony (SC), along with the Ash-Lawn Opera Festival. As a chamber musician she has performed throughout the East Coast and Canada with groups such as Elegant Ensembles, Corda Entertainment, the Homestead Chamber Players, and the Quatour à Cordes de La Tournai, a string quartet that tours throughout Quebec in the summertime. She also maintains a private teaching studio of 20-25 middle and high-school students, many of whom have gone on to pursue careers in music. She completed the DMA in Cello Performance at UNCG, where her research centered on cello compositions by British cellist/composer William Henry Squire. She also holds the MM in Cello Performance from UNCG and the BA in French and Music from the University of Virginia.

GinaThomas_071113_0054Thomas Pappas (oboe) is active as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. He has performed throughout the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Wales. Past solo appearances include performances of oboe concertos in Greensboro, NC and with the Aalen Symphony Orchestra in Germany, where he grew up and first learned how to play the oboe. An avid chamber musician, Pappas is a founding member of Relevents Wind Quintet. He has served as the principal oboist of the NOVUS Chamber Orchestra, the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra, and has performed principal and section oboe with the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Roanoke (VA), Salisbury and Western Piedmont symphony orchestras, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. He was a featured soloist on the annual computer music concert xMUSE at the University of South Carolina. Other professional conferences at which he has performed include the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Society of Composers Inc., UNCG Cello Celebrations (Silva and Varga) and the UNCG New Music Festival. GinaThomas_071113_0084aHe enjoys performing new music and has premiered several works, including ones written for him by his brother, the composer Daniel Pappas. He is also a member of the Pappas Family Recorder Quartet, who released their first commercially available CD in 2005. Pappas is on the faculty at High Point University, Guilford Technical Community College, and Alamance Community College. Pappas holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from Grace College, IN, the Master of Music and the Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.Photo May 17, 11 56 15 AM

Composer Daniel C Pappas serves as his own violinist for the disk (thanks to the magic of audio editing). He holds a BA in music performance (violin) from Grace College, IN. Enough reading though, go listen here and then…

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