PULLMAN, Wash. — Greg and Ann Marie Yasinitsky, both Washington State University faculty members, and their daughter, Larissa, will be featured soloists with the Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) Symphony in a family concert Jan. 31.
The 7 p.m. concert will be in Boswell Hall at North Idaho College in Coeur d’ Alene. David Demand, Coeur d’Alene Symphony music director, will conduct the concert.
The event will feature flutist Ann Marie Yasinitsky as soloist in the Carmen Fantasie, a set of variations based on themes from Bizet’s beloved opera. She is a professor of flute and coordinator of woodwinds at WSU. Yasinitsky is the flutist with the Solstice Quintet (in residence at WSU) and is principal flutist with the Washington Idaho Symphony. She has received numerous accolades, including a Special Commendation award in the Vienna Modern Masters International Recording Competition and a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She can be heard on recordings released by the Musical Heritage Society, Vienna Modern Masters and has performed with the Spokane Symphony, Boise Philharmonic and Gunther Schuller’s New England Ragtime Ensemble.
The program will also include “The Appleville Musicians” composed by Greg Yasinitsky. Based on the Grimm’s tale the “Bremen Town Musicians,” Appleville will be narrated by Larissa Yasinitsky, a senior studying theatre at the University of Idaho. She was featured on television in an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries” and has been cast in numerous productions with Idaho Repertory Theatre and other companies.
Greg Yasinitsky will be heard as a saxophone soloist in arrangements of standards, including “Just Friends” in a version with string orchestra made popular by the influential saxophonist Charlie Parker. He will also be featured in two of his own arrangements: “Where Is Love” from the musical “Oliver” and “I Love Gershwin,” a new medley of Gershwin love songs written especially for the Coeur d’Alene Symphony.
Yasinitsky is coordinator of jazz studies at WSU. His music is widely published and performed in more than 30 countries worldwide. As a saxophonist, he has appeared with Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Hope and others.
The concert will also include champion fiddler Tony Ludiker. Tickets are $10 general, $7 for seniors and $5 for students. They are available from TicketsWest at (800) 325-SEAT and at the North Idaho College Box Office.