Ashland University Music Faculty Combine Talents for Chamber Ensemble Recital

3/16/12 ASHLAND, OH -- Directed by Arie Lipsky, several faculty members from the Ashland University Department of Music combine their talents with Lipsky for a chamber ensemble recital on Monday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital. The performance is free and open to the public.


The program begins with "Batti, Batti" from Mozart's opera "Don Giovanni" featuring soprano Dione Parker Bennett, pianist Pavlina Draganova and Lipsky on cello; followed by Mozart's Adagio, K. 580 performed by the faculty quartet with Andria Brennan Hoy on English horn, Charles Morey and Jane Reed on violin and Lipsky on cello. Pianists Megan Barth and Pavlina Draganova then perform Darius Milhaud's Scaramouche, a suite for two pianos. After a brief intermission, Lipsky will conduct Franz Schubert's Octet in F with the chamber ensemble comprised of Charles Morey and Jane Reed, violin; Jim Froelich, viola; Miles Richardson, cello; Dave Lenigan, bass; Thomas Reed, clarinet; Ian Hoy, bassoon; and Mike Metcalf, horn. 


Known in the Ashland area as the music director and conductor for the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Lipsky is a native of Haifa, Israel, where he received extensive training as a cellist and flutist.  He holds degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Music which he received before serving in the Israeli armed forces as a tank commander. After moving to the United States, Lipsky served as assistant conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and graduated from there with distinction. During this period he also assumed conducting responsibilities with the Ohio Light Opera. He moved to Buffalo, N.Y., in 1984 to become the Philharmonic's principal cellist and, in 1990, also became the Resident Conductor, a position he held for 12 years. Maestro Lipsky is currently in his sixteenth season as Music Director and Conductor of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, and also in his 12th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Ann Arbor (Michigan) Symphony.   


For more information about the recital, visit the Web site at or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or


Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.