Sheryll McManus Photo by Guy Atchley
Sheryll McManus
Photo by Guy Atchley

The Arizona Senior Academy kicks off its 2014 concert season with a piano recital by Tucson resident Sheryll McManus on Tuesday (Jan. 7) at 11:30 a.m., featuring the music of Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms and Debussy.

McManus moved to Tucson in 2012 after driving through too many blizzards in Indiana and researching areas with more sunshine.  She had been living in an historic mansion in Peru, IN that was difficult to leave.  The mansion was once owned by Cole Porter’s cousin, and Cole Porter himself had played piano there.  McManus had the opportunity to participate in annual Cole Porter festivities, playing and singing Cole Porter tunes.

Coming from a musically inclined family, she began piano lessons at age 4 and eventually received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory and graduate degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  She served as keyboardist for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years and performed as piano soloist with a number of orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Since arriving in Tucson, she has been busy playing piano and violin with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, singing with the Tucson Symphony Chorus and maintaining a private piano studio. McManus left a large studio in Indianapolis, where a number of her students were prize winners.  She has also collaborated as pianist in recitals with Tucson violinists Joseph Rousos-Hammond and Matthew Vera.

Submitted by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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Classical pianist kicks off ASA’s 2014 concert season: Jan. 2014
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