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SSO teams up with Bruce Coville

When he was 19, Coville married Katherine Dietz, who lived right around the corner. She was (and is) a wonderful artist and they began to create books together. However it was not until 1977 that they finally sold their first book, The Foolish Giant. They did two other books together - Sarah's Unicorn and The Monster's Ring.

Kathy and Bruce have three children: a son, Orion, born in 1970; a daughter, Cara, born in 1975; and another son, Adam, born in 1981.

Jeffery Meyer, conductor

Born in Chicago, Jeffery Meyer began his musical studies as a pianist, and continued to study composition and conducting. He is founder and Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Russia, the Artistic Director of the Water City Chamber Orchestra in Wisconsin and the Director of Orchestras at Ithaca College School of Music. In recent concert seasons, he has performed as conductor and pianist in the United States, Canada, Russia, Italy, Spain, Germany and Asia.

Mr. Meyer has collaborated with dozens of composers and commissions and premiered numerous new works. In 2007, he made his Glinka Hall conducting debut in the final concert of the 43rd St. Petersburg "Music Spring" International Festival, featuring works by three of St. Petersburg's most prominent composers and in 2009, he conducted the opening concert of the 14th International Musical Olympus Festival at the Hermitage Theatre. He has been featured numerous times as part of the "Sound Ways" International New Music Festival. Most recently, he led the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in its U.S. debut with three performances at Symphony Space's 2010 "Wall-to-Wall, Behind the Wall" Festival in New York City to rave reviews in the New York Times.

The Family Series sponsor is The Central New York Community Foundation.

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