A Beautiful Benefit Piano Concert In Clinton ~ September 25th

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Mark this down! Clinton, Connecticut native, Susan DiBona, an accomplished pianist, who now makes her home in Praia a Mare, Italy, will be doing a benefit concert with her fiance’, Salvatore Sangiovanni.It will be a piano concert for the benefit of The Robert DiBona Scholarship Foundation, ( in honor of her Dad) in cooperation with Accademia Musicale Cameristi di Laos in Santa Maria del Cedro, Italy, will be presented on Friday, September 25, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gagnon Auditorium of The Morgan School, Killingworth Turnpike in Clinton. This will be the first time Susan has played in America since 1994 when she left to follow her dream to become a musician/composer.  As you can see from the announcement below, both she and Salvatore are accomplished pianists.

Miss DiBona will perform her selected compositions, written for feature films that have been shown in international cinemas and festivals. Currently producing and composing for film projects in her own music production studios in southern Italy, she is a member of the Faculty of Classical Piano, Accademia Musicale Cameristi di Laos, Santa Maria del Cedro, Italy.

Mr. Sangiovanni, who will also be performing in the United States for the first time, is a concert pianist, jazz pianist, composer and educator.He will play the Liszt Sonata for Piano in B Minor. Mr. Sangiovanni studied at The Royal School of London, with a Diploma in Piano Performance, as well as private study of piano performance with Maestro José Lepore, following the pianistic school of Claudio Arrau. He is currently working towards his Doctorate in Concert Piano Performance and historical performance techniques with Gianmaria Bonino at the Conservatorio di Alessandria, Italy.

To round out the program, the artists will play Mozart: Sonata for Piano, 4 hands.

Tickets are $10 each, general seating.  They are available at three locations in Clinton: Malone’s Coffee House, 350 East Main St; Cindy Stevens Fine Arts Gallery, 30 East Main St., and Shore TV and Appliance, 11 East Main St. They will also be sold at the door.  For further information, call 203-915-2084.

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Born in 1974 in New Haven, Connecticut, Susan DiBona received her first instruction in piano and theory at age seven with the renowned concert pianist and composer, Leopold Godowsky III, the nephew of George Gershwin. He quickly recognized her exceptional talent, and the fact that she had perfect pitch. She soon began to improvise and compose her own pieces, and received the opportunity to study bassoon, cello, viola, flute, organ, and voice. Beginning her professional career at the age of 12, she worked in the years following as a studio musician, organist, accompanist, arranger, music director, and vocal coach for various projects in New York, Connecticut, and Buenos Aires. In her high school years, she was music director for various musical productions. During her later studies of music, European languages and literature at Barnard College and Columbia University, she worked as the music director and vocal coach for Bernstein’s musical “On the Town”, a co-production of Barnard College and Juilliard School; soon after, she received the opportunity to work as an instrumentalist at the prestigious Goodspeed-at-Chester Theater. She then acted as assistant music director/arranger for an American tour of “South Pacific” and for a European tour of a musical revue. After a long period of touring, she decided to stay in Europe, soon finding her way into the fertile music scene in Berlin, Germany. Paying her dues as a studio/live musician and arranger, she soon had the chance to work as a producer, composer and conductor as well, scoring for industrial movies and multimedia and writing various string and orchestral arrangements for pop projects. In May 2004, Susan was chosen to take part in the NYU/ASCAP Buddy Baker Film Scoring Workshop, studying under distinguished American film composers and orchestrators such as Sonny Kompanek, Mark Snow, Ira Newborn, and David Spear, among others. The workshop culminated in an orchestral recording session with New York’s top-tier musicians (i.e. from the New York Philharmonic), where Susan conducted her own original composition created at the workshop. She has since conducted various studio orchestras as well as the Berliner Symphoniker. To date she has scored 10 feature films and TV movies, including 3 movies for the the long-running Geman hit Tatort. Susan DiBona works as a film composer, arranger and songwriter in Berlin, Germany and in southern Italy. She is fluent in English, German, Italian and Spanish.