MEREDITH — Sisters Margaret Hopkins and Bozena O'Brien will be performing W. A. Mozart's Concertone for Two Violins and Orchestra at The Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra's opening concert of the 2013 season on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Inter-Lakes High School auditorium.
Also on the program are "Fatinitza Overture, Part 2" by Franz Von Suppé and Tchaikovsky's
"Symphony No. 2 in C minor, ("Little Russian").
Margaret Bruziak Hopkins was born in Poland and began violin studies at age 7, adding piano at age 12. As a teen she was a member of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra for five years and a fiddler with the Polish Dancers of Boston.
Ms. Hopkins received BM in Performance from U. Mass. at Lowell where she also pursued
Music Education. Ms. Hopkins received extensive Suzuki training at Ithaca College in NY,
Hartt College at University of CT, New York State University in Buffalo and Capital University
in Ohio. She has performed in her native Poland, Switzerland, Israel, England, Scotland, Wales,
Canada and in the United States.
Ms. Hopkins teaches violin at schools in Saco and Old Orchard Beach, ME as well as Portland Conservatory of Music and at her private home-based studio. She performs with the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, the Maine Pro Musica, Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, the New Hampshire Music Festival, and freelances in the New England area.
Bozena O'Brien was born in Poland and, at age 10, came to the United States. She continued her musical education in this country with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony and as a "Young Artist" member at Tanglewood. Bozena also trained at Boston University, where she was a student of Walter Eisenberg, and later studied with Marylou Speaker Churchill of the Boston
She holds a certificate for Suzuki pedagogy and Suzuki Book 1, and teaches at Concord Community Music School, where she is string department chair. Bozena has taught at St. Paul's School for 20 years and also at the Holderness Preparatory School and Kimball Union Academy.
She performs with the New Hampshire Music Festival, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, CCMS Musicians of Wall Street, Brinkler Piano Trio and continues to perform as a freelance violinist throughout New England.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students college age and under and are available online at
www.LRSO.org/tickets, or by mail using the order form on that web page. Tickets are available at the following ticket outlets: Innisfree Bookshop and the Mobil station across from the town docks in Meredith; Greenlaw's Music in Laconia; and Bayswater Books in Center Harbor.
Bozena O'Brien (Courtesy photo)
Margaret Hopkins (Courtesy photo)