Music in the Air Returns with Twice the Talent

From Patty Roberts

The Chelsea District Library hosts its second annual Music in the Air concert featuring soprano Joy Jan Jones and pianist Jacopo Giacopuzzi on Saturday, June 2 at 2pm in the library’s Reading Garden. This open air concert is an opportunity to hear classical music in a casual, outdoor environment. This year’s event is sponsored by the Friends of Chelsea District Library and Michael D. Kunkel and Henry Cox. It is free of charge and open to the public.

Joy Jan Jones is a versatile artist in high de­mand. She has received top honors from the Classical Singer and MTNA Competitions; and holds a Bachelor and Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Sam Houston University and Crane School of Music at SUNY Pots­dam respectively. Her operatic repertoire includes Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Pamina in The Magic Flute, and originated the role of Mother in Daniel Felsenfeld’s opera-in-development The Inner Circle. She has sung at Carnegie Hall, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, and National Sawdust in Brooklyn.

Last year, Jacopo thrilled us with his piano virtuosity and won the hearts of the Chelsea community. This year he will accompany Jones and perform selections as a soloist. He has performed at major festivals and venues, lectured, served on competition juries, and won numerous competitions throughout the United States and Italy. Jacopo studied at Liszt Hochschule, the Conservatory of Verona, and the International Piano Academy of Imola. He is a graduate in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California.

The program for the afternoon will include works by Quilter, Argento, Donizetti, and Rossini, among other composers. Music lovers of all ages are invited to come together to share their love of and appreciation for classical music. Grab a seat or bring a blanket and enjoy classical music in the open air.

For more information on Music in the Air, visit and select the events tab or call Lori Coryell at (734) 475-8732 ext. 206.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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