WPL Music Committee Welcomes Joel Bard and Sayuri Miyamoto – Nov 19

The Weston Public Library Music Committee welcomes the return of Joel Bard, oboe and English horn, and Sayuri Miyamoto, piano, on Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 pm in the Community Room. The duo will be performing a wide variety of repertoire including Léopold Wallner’s “Three Romantic Pieces for Oboe and Piano”, “Notturno, Op. 6, No. 2” by Clara Schumann, “Notturno” by Ottorino Respighi, selections from Eriko Yamaki’s “Japanese Children’s Songs”, “Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14” and “Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, as well as a transcription of Maurice Ravel’s “Sonatine.”

Born in Osaka, Japan, and raised in New Jersey, Sayuri Miyamoto holds degrees from Yale University, the Juilliard School, and Manhattan School of Music, where she received her doctorate. Her teachers have included Leonard Eisner, Donald Currier, Nadia Reisenberg, and Seymour Lipkin. She has concertized in solo and chamber recitals and as soloist with orchestras across the United States. Since moving to the Boston area in 1988, she has maintained a private teaching studio, served on the coaching staff of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and been in much demand as an accompanist.

Among the many artists with whom she has collaborated are the late Marylou Speaker Churchill, former principal second violinist of the Boston Symphony; violinist Stefan Jackiw, Avery Fisher Career Grant winner; and cellist Zlatomir Fung, gold medal winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Sayuri has made numerous chamber music appearances throughout the region: Sevenars Music Festival, West Stockbridge Chamber Players, Newton and Weston Library concert series, Music Mondays, Newton Lifetime Learning, and the annual Pan-Mass Challenge/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute benefit concerts she has been organizing with her husband, oboist Joel Bard, since 2006. In April she will appear as soloist with the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra with Joel as guest conductor.

And the unexpected resume of Joel Bard…read all the way to the end…bet you didn’t expect that finale…science-y…

Joel Bard got his B.M. in oboe at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of John Mack in 1983. He then studied oboe and orchestral conducting at The Juilliard School where he got his M.M. in 1986. His conducting teachers included Roger Nierenberg, Jorge Mester, and Sixten Ehrling, and he has also worked with Charles Bruck, Otto-Werner Muller, Gunther Schuller, Leonard Bernstein, and Herbert Blomstedt. After leaving school Joel was a freelance oboist and conductor in the Philadelphia and Boston areas and served on the faculty of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. He was the director of the Repertory Orchestra at the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras from 1989 until 2011. 
He is currently principal oboist and artistic advisor of the Kendall Square Orchestra and frequently plays oboe in the Apollo Ensemble of Boston. In 1989 he also began to pursue his interest in science more seriously, first at UMass Boston and then as a graduate student at Harvard. After getting his Ph.D in biochemistry in 1999 working on muscarinic signalling with Ernie Peralta, he did a postdoctoral fellowship in x-ray crystallography with Andrew Bohm at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute where he solved the structure of yeast poly-A polymerase. Since 2001 he has been working at Pfizer where he is currently focused on biotherapeutic informatics.


The concert will be held in the Community Room of the Weston Public Library (87 School Street) and does not require pre-registration. The Community Room is handicapped accessible. Covid precautions will be observed; audience members are encouraged to wear a mask. For more information, please visit the Music Committee webpage.

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