Classical Music With a Twist of Jazz
Violinist Della Natasha Davies and Jazz Pianist Dan Rufolo will join forces in a performance of mostly classical and a twist of jazz on Saturday, September 7 at 7:30 pm at Christ Church in Summit. Expect an evening of delightful sound and vibrant energy from a new generation of performers that expands the appeal of classical music.
Della Natasha Davies is a violinist and an energetic performer based in Eugene, Oregon where she performs with the Eugene Symphony and the newly found Orchestra NEXT. Recently, she began teaching at the Shedd Institute.
In 2010, Ms. Davies graduated from the Swiss Zuercher Hochschule der Kunste with a Masters degree of Violin Performance under the tutelage of Professor Zakhar Bron. She has also been Concertmaster of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, Assistant Principal with the New York Youth Symphony and Assistant Concertmaster, performing frequently at Carnegie Hall. In 2001 and 2002, she took part with the National Festival Orchestra under the direction of Lukas Foss at Carnegie Hall.
A native of Summit, Ms. Davies was Concertmaster of “The Mikado” with the Stony Hill Players in Summit. She took part in the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program in 2002 and 2003; receiving master classes with Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, and Gilbert Kalish.
Daniel Rufolo is a pianist, composer and arranger with a diverse repertoire and a vibrant transmittable energy. His music is constantly stretching the borders and limits of jazz.
Mr. Rufolo recently completed his master’s degree in jazz performance at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2010, he received a Bachelor of Music in jazz performance from William Paterson University. Throughout his studies he studied with musicians such as Mulgrew Miller, Armen Donelian, Harold Mabern,Rich Perry and Rich Derosa. While attending William Paterson, Mr. Rufolo discovered his passion for classical and new music while studying piano under professor Elka Kirkpatrick. A native of Summit, Rufolo has been performing for many years at Christ Church’s late morning Sunday Meditative Services.
The Dan Rufolo Trio has been playing throughout New York City and New Jersey at venues including Cornelia Street Cafe and Shanghai Jazz. The trio recently released their album, “Laughter” featuring Dan Rufolo, Bill Thoman, Rich Perry and Nathan Eklund with original compositions from Mr. Rufolo and bassist Bill Thoman.
Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online or at the door on the evening of the performance. For more information about the concert. Tix online at www.ccsnj.org. Christ Church is located at 561 Springfield Avenue in Summit.