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Marissa Licata Brings Gypsy Fusion Virtuosity to The Sembrich

Marissa Licata Brings Gypsy Fusion Virtuosity to The Sembrich

—Jethro Tull Violinist Closes Out the Summer Season—

BOLTON LANDING, NY —  The Sembrich concludes its 2016 VIOLIN DAYS series on August 31st at 1:30 pm with a spirited World Music Wednesday featuring the Gypsy fusion virtuosity of violin powerhouse Marissa Licata.  This is a members’ appreciation free event; general admission tickets are $15.

With over 15 years of classical violin training and her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory, Licata attained the position of lead violin with the Jethro Tull band and toured with the group for six seasons.

Praised for her “electrifying passion and vibrant presence,” Licata has been featured on international and world-renowned stages with performances opposite some of today’s top-name stars, including Alicia Keys, Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, Gloria Estefan and many more.

With a resume of global accomplishment – and appearances on ‘Good Morning America,’ ‘The View,’ ‘The Latin Grammys,’ and ‘Live From The Artist’s Den,’ – Licata has stepped into the spotlight as a premiere soloist.

Joining her onstage for Wednesday’s performance are Jerry Sabatini – trumpet, George McCann – guitar, Zwelakhe Duma Bell le Pere – bass and Rex Benincasa – drums.

Drawing on World music from Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, Licata’s unique Gypsy fusion highlights universally familiar melodies alongside rhythmically engaging traditional dance tunes.

Among the selections on Wednesday’s program are “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock, “Libertango” by Piazzola, “Over the Rainbow,” the reggae version of “If I Were a Rich Man” from Fiddler on the Roof, the cadenza from Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto as well as a variety of klezmer and Bulgarian folk dances.

Licata’s appearance at The Sembrich this season is a result of a last-minute cancellation by Ukrainian violinist Vasyl Popadiuk, a change-of-schedule due to travel visa issues.

“My band and I are thrilled to be closing out the VIOLIN DAYS series at The Sembrich,” says Licata, “celebrating with high energy rhythms and melodies from all over the world, featuring the versatility and beauty of the violin.”

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