Music on Market is a program of The United Methodist Church of Wooster and supported by Main Street Wooster, Inc. and Wayne Center for the Arts. The series provides a diverse selection of high-quality music throughout the year to the entire community. These performances are presented in the Wooster UMC sanctuary - one of the largest, historical venues in our downtown and has handicap accessibility, available parking and proximity to downtown restaurants
All events are free with a free-will offering to help cover the costs that accompany this amazing series. Seating is open style and no tickets are required. Doors open at 6:15.
For nearly 35 years, Music By Two has been delighting audiences with their artistry as a two-piano team. From New York to Chicago, Washington, D.C., and venues in between, their performances have enchanted listeners with a vast variety of styles and genres; romantic, rhythmic, richly-colored tones - performing as if with one voice.
As Music By Two, pianists Nancy Davis & Sharon Johnson, were named finalists in the 2016 Professional Chamber Ensemble division of The American Prize Competition. They have been heard in a variety of venues including: WFMT Radio in Chicago, and have appeared in faculty and guest artist recitals at The Library of Congress, The University of Maryland, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Houghton College (New York), First Friday Series (Ohio), and Music on Market series (Ohio). Their repertoire includes compositions that range in style from romantic to 21st century to sacred. Both as a team, and as individuals, Davis and Johnson are actively involved in premieres of new works on a regular basis. Since the spring of 2005, Music By Two has given multiple premieres of Eric Ewazen’s Sonata for Two Pianos. In January of 2007, the duo premiered an unpublished work by Lowell Liebermann, Three Lullabies, Op. 76 in North Carolina. In March 2007, a re-discovered four-hand piano work by Louise Talma was premiered in a concert at The Library of Congress, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the MacDowell Colony. The two-piano version of the Talma work was premiered in January in North Carolina, and later, at the University of Maryland. Music By Two will release soon their first CD, American Landscapes, which includes world premieres of works by Eric Ewazen and Lowell Liebermann.
This is the world we know, the world of air and breathing and sun and beating hearts: This season’s concert tour features a unique combination of music for two pianos, as well as the addition of two master percussionists, Eric Willie (UNC Greensboro College of Visual and Performing Arts: Music) and Dustin Woodard (Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College). Opening with a suite from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion for two pianos, Music By Two is joined by Willie and Woodard in David Maslanka’s This Is The World, a work whose “…overall feeling…is one of quiet awe at the nature of our world, both the planet on which we live, and the amazing web of life that it supports…” These two exquisite works are connected at their foundations by the music of Bach, as Maslanka masterfully weaves melodies derived from Bach chorales with his own inimitable style and voice, through “…moments of ferocity, whimsy, and grandeur.”