The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will entertain San Bernardino Public Library patrons with festive holiday music from two of their finest string musicians, principal cellist Ana Maria Maldonado and violinist Laura Rosky-Santori. This free concert will take place at the Feldheym Central Library, 555 W. 6th Street, on Wednesday, December 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
“We are excited to partner with the San Bernardino Symphony, one of our City’s best cultural gems, to provide our residents access to world-class classical music,” said Ed Erjavek, San Bernardino Public Library director.
Ana Maria Maldonado has served as principal cellist of the San Bernardino Symphony since 1983. Maldonado was awarded a J. D. Rockefeller Fellowship to promote Western Classical Music in Bangkok, Thailand, where she played in the Kennedy String Quartet. The Kennedy String Quartet traveled throughout Asia performing under the auspices of the United States Information Service. After leaving Thailand, Maldonado auditioned and won a cello position in the Heidleberg Stadtisches Opera Orchester in Heidelberg, Germany. Currently, she teaches at Cal State San Bernardino, Cal Poly Pomona, Chaffey College, Cal Baptist University, Riverside Community College and Claremont Community School of Music. She also has a private studio and is a freelance musician. Maldonado received her Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Gabor Rejto, and received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Texas Tech University.
Laura Rosky-Santoni is a member of the San Bernardino Symphony and currently a private violin teacher. Rosky-Santoni began playing the violin from the third grade in the West Hartford Connecticut public schools. She has performed in the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Italy and been a participant in festivals such as Tanglewood (BUTI and fellowship), Aspen, Spoleto (U.S. and Italy), and Carcasonne. For several years, Laura Rosky-Santoni was an instructor and director of the Inland Suzuki Music School in Redlands and has been invited to guest teach at Suzuki institutes and at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Rice University and her Master of Music in violin performance from the University of Southern California. She was a Starling scholarship recipient at both schools.