By Mariza Brusolo
Gifted violinist Laura Mozena and accomplished pianist Luanne Dwyer have been working next door to each other for 5 years and always had the intention of putting a concert together. Both had been busy teaching at the Stuart School of Music and, even though playing together was something they really wanted to do, there was never enough time to plan it.
“We recently suffered a terrible loss, Mrs. Helen Berlin passed away on October 12th, 2013. She was a giving lady who together with her husband, Mr. Ernie Berlin, brought musicians from all over the world to Stuart, Florida. We were very sad when we learned Mrs. Berlin had passed and so Luanne and I wanted to honor her in some way,” said Ms. Mozena.
“We decided to really take the time to prepare something special, something that will honor Mrs. Berlin and bring some joy to the community, a gift to the children and the adults,” said Mrs. Dwyer.
“Mrs. Helen Berlin touched many lives, she was passionate about the arts and made many cultural events in Martin County possible. She and her husband, Ernie, helped host the Ovation Concert Series at The Lyric Theatre in Stuart for many years,” said Ms. Mozena.
Laura Mozena expressed how excited she was to finally be able to offer a high quality concert in collaboration with talented pianist Luanne Dwyer.
Luanne Dwyer is an accomplished pianist who graduated from Wellesley College. In 1975 she was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant to study music in Berlin, Germany. She worked on Wall Street for two years and then moved to Florida in 1998. Luanne also performed as an accompanist in classical vocal concerts in New York with Michael Douglas Jones. Luanne is an active member of Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association.
Laura Mozena earned a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Northern Arizona University where she studied violin with Louise Scott and Karin Hallberg. She participated in the long-term Suzuki Teacher Training Program at NAU with Louise Scott, Karen Hallberg, and Susan Baer. Laura completed additional Suzuki Teacher Training with Linda Steig, Roger Steig, John Kendall and Kimberly Meyer-Sims.
Laura Mozena is a registered Suzuki Teacher and has performed with such orchestras as The Flagstaff Symphony, The Palm Beach Pops, Treasure Coast Opera Orchestra and The Wheeling Symphony. She is the Vice President of Your Music Supply and enjoys playing fiddle music as well as classical. Currently, Laura teaches Suzuki violin with Cynthia Hinkelman of Lighthouse Suzuki Strings. She teaches at Jupiter Academy of Music and the Stuart School of Music.
For this tribute concert Luanne Dwyer and Laura Mozena will captivate the audience with their outstanding music, performing pieces like Sonata No. 25 for Piano and Violin by Mozart, Embraceable You by Gershwin, Hoe-Down from Rodeo by Copland, Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Part, Sonata in D Major for Violin and Piano by Schubert, and many more!
Please join them to honor Mrs. Helen Berlin and to enjoy the gift of music on Saturday, January 18th at 4:00pm at the Episcopal Church of the Advent 4484 SW Citrus Blvd. Palm City, FL 34990.
This concert is absolutely FREE and children and adults are invited.
Laura Mozena is available for questions or directions by calling (928) 699-4707.