Salon to the Shtetl: Works for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano

by Stravinsky, Khachaturian and Paul Schoenfield

Save the Date: Mar 12, 2020

Salon to the Shtetl: Works for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano

by Stravinsky, Khachaturian and Paul Schoenfield

Nanette Kaplan Solomon, piano
Roy Sonne, violin
Janice Coppola, clarinet


Nanette Kaplan Solomon

Nanette Kaplan Solomon received her early training at the Juilliard School. She earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Yale College, her M.M. from the Yale School of Music, and her D.M.A. from Boston University School for the Arts. As Professor Emerita of Music at Slippery Rock University, she coordinated and instructed the piano program from 1977-2014. She continues to perform at lecture-recitals nationally and internationally as a member of the College Music Society. She has been a soloist with orchestras in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, as well as a featured artist with the Butler, Youngstown and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras.

Among numerous accolades are the French Embassy award from the French Piano Institute, a fellowship to the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, semi-finalist in the University of Maryland International competition, and finalist in “Search for a Star” sponsored by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Marvin Hamlisch. Solomon is a founding member of the Slippery Rock Piano Trio and the Kaplan Duo with her sister, pianist Iris Kaplan Rosenthal.


Roy Sonne

After 28 years in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and 12 years as Music Director of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, Roy Sonne took early retirement in order to devote himself to an ever-increasing number of musical projects and interests. He makes frequent trips to Bolivia and Costa Rica where he organizes, conducts and teaches in workshops and festivals for string players. He was the founder and President of “Orchestra on the Hill,”  an after school music program in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, based on the spectacularly successful El Sistema program from Venezuela. He produces Instructional videos for violin students, available on his Youtube channel.  He maintains a large private teaching studio in his home in Mt. Lebanon, PA for intermediate and advanced students.   Concert appearances include  recitals, chamber music, concertos, and conducting appearances in the Pittsburgh area.He gives clinics and workshops for student  and community orchestras

Roy started playing jazz violin at age 60, after a 40 year career as a symphony musician.  He has appeared around the Pittsburgh area as the violinist with The Flying Dutchmen. He founded the  Pittsburgh Jazz and Fiddling Camp at Duquesne University, now renamed Strings Without Boundaries.


Janice Coppola

Janice Coppola received her B.M. and M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music and also attended the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNSCA) for high school.  Ms. Coppola is currently performing as a klezmer soloist and free-lance musician in the Pittsburgh area, as well as in New Jersey and New York.  She is currently playing with and writing music for KleZlectic, a klezmer group in Pittsburgh.  Janice has also served music director and clarinetist at Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill for twelve years, directing the Temple Sinai Band who perform for first Friday Shabbat.   She also performs for musical Shabbat at Temple Beth El in Mt. Lebanon and at Temple Ohav Shalom in the North Hills.  As a soloist, Janice has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Preservation Hall Band, and the River City Brass, the Northern New Jersey Baroque Orchestra, the Edgewood Symphony and the Plainfield Symphony in New Jersey.  Janice has recorded on eight CD’s and is currently working on a CD of her compositions for klezmer ensemble.  As a digital musician, she is the sound of the clarinet on Phoenix Organs, which are found throughout the United States, as well as Canada.  Janice was cast as a live klezmer clarinetist in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of “Indecent” during April and May 2019. a production that received rave reviews.  You can find updates about Janice and her performances on



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