Mozart Club will host Acclaim Duo

The Mozart Club of Jamestown will present Houghton College’s Acclaim Duo at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Christ First United Methodist Church, 663 Lakeview Ave., Jamestown, N.Y.

The Mozart Club of Jamestown, which is sponsoring the event, was established in 1879, making it the oldest music club in New York state. It was created for the study and enjoyment of music through concerts performed by members and guests. The Mozart Club also promotes music education among youth by providing college music scholarships.

The duo is composed of world-renowned artists Dr. Armenio Suzano and Dr. William J. Newbrough. Their performance at the Christ First United Methodist Church will feature classical, sacred, and jazz music.

Dr. Suzano, Jr. is the Dean and Director of the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College and an accomplished clarinetist and saxophonist. He was born in Brazil and by the age of 16, Suzano had won a competition to become the youngest ever member of the Rio de Janeiro Opera House Symphony Orchestra. He served as their Assistant Principal Clarinetist for 9 years.

Suzano has performed with many different orchestras around the world. In 1997, he won the Solo and Aria Competition at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). In 1998 he won the Concerto Competition at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). Suzano also served as a Humanities Fellow at the University of Michigan between 1998 and 2000 and earned his D.M.A. in 2002 under the study of Fred Ormand, Donald Sinta, and Kenneth Keisler.

Suzano served at a number of other colleges before recently making his way to the faculty at Houghton.

Dr. Newbrough is a Professor of Piano and Director of Piano Studies at Houghton College. He also holds the Horne Blanchard Endowed Chair of Music at the College. Newbrough earned his Artist Diploma, Doctor of Musical Arts degree, and Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music/Johns Hopkins University.

Newbrough studied piano with Leon Fleisher, Haggai Niv, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Dominique Weber, and Gilbert Kalish. He has also won many international and national piano competitions. Furthermore, he has performed in a number of solos, chamber music, and concerto engagements around the world. Highlighted venues of performance include Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and Van Cliburn Piano Institute.

Newbrough was the only American of nine pianists worldwide that were chosen to perform at the prestigious Franz Liszt International Masterclasses and Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands.

He has performed multiple times on the acclaimed television series “Grand Piano,” and has been featured on “Great Discoveries” on the Discovery Channel.

Of the number of awards he has received, his most recent was being named a Steinway Artist.

There is no admission, but free-will donations will be accepted. Light refreshments will be provided as well as a meet-and-greet with the artists following the performance.