As part of the annual Heritage Days event series at Villa Maria College, all are welcome to attend this My Brother’s Keeper series event.
Navigating college alone and being a first generational college student, is a situation Ashley Harris understands well. Researching the difference between a community/technical/state college, student financial aid, course selection, getting involved, finding “my people” were all challenges as she began her college career. Ashley was born in Dayton, Ohio to a broken home and was raised by her maternal grandparents. Through her participation with various community organizations, she began to understand there was a different way of life than she knew; if she attained a higher education. She attended Sinclair Community College to begin her college career and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication from the University of Cincinnati. After completing her undergraduate degree, she still found herself seemingly behind societal norms. Understanding where she was versus where she desired to be, Ashley enrolled at Murray State University where she graduated with a Master’s of Science in Human Development and Leadership.
Cellist/composer Jonathan Golove is a native of Los Angeles, California and a resident of Buffalo, New York, where he serves as Associate Professor in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Music. Mr. Golove’s career is marked by its versatility, sense of adventure, and commitment to the performance of both new and traditional works, as well as of improvised music. He has been featured as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, New York Virtuoso Singers, and, as a baroque cellist, with the USC Early Music Ensemble. He has recorded for the Albany, Centaur, CRI, Albuzerque, and Nine Winds labels, and his performances and interviews have been broadcast by numerous National public radio stations, as well as the West German Radio, Radio Nuevo León, and Radio France. His summer festival appearances include the Sebago-Long Lake and Roycroft Chamber Music Festivals, as well as numerous festivals devoted to new works, including June in Buffalo, the North American New Music Festival, the Aki Festival of New Music, and the Festival del Centro Histórico, Mexico City. A member of the critically acclaimed Baird Trio, Mr. Golove is a former member of the Elisha and June In Buffalo String Quartets, and has performed as a guest with the Cassatt Quartet and the Cleveland Octet.
Peter Gonciarz plays piano, harpsichord and organ
The John Bacon Trio consists of Matt Michaud, Guitar; Cameron Kayne, Bass; and John Bacon, Drums. Bacon, who teaches Jazz at Villa, received his PhD in Music Composition at UB in 2011.
A group of Villa alum will reunite in the recital hall to perform for current students, faculty, staff and other members of the College Community. Alumni performers include Damone Jackson, Brian DeJesus, Ralph De Marco, and Eric DeJesus.
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