Amy Vinisko, minister of music at New Preston Congregational Church, has announced the release of her CD, "Serenade & Variations: pieces for cello and piano."

In addition, Ms. Vinisko will perform on piano with soprano Liliya Bikbova Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. and with Annie Rose Tindall-Gibson Jan. 17 at noon, both at the Church Street church.

"Amy Vinisko's recently released CD can be spoken of only in the loftiest superlatives," said the Rev. M. John Arens, pastor of the New Preston Congregational Church. "The clarity and precision of the music is remarkable."

"We would, of course, expect no less from Amy. She is a gifted pianist and all around musician," the pastor said.

"Her musical talents are a reflection of the person. Amy is a dedicated, talented, and gifted human being," he said.

In addition to Ms. Vinisko, the CD features Vit Fiala, OFM.

Ms. Vinisko studied piano with Ruth Moore at Hastings College, earning degrees in both piano performance and piano pedagogy.

She continued to train in New York with the late Eleanor Hancock.

Ms. Vinisko has attended and performed as a soloist, accompanist and ensemble pianist at several music festivals, including those in Colorado and England.

She located to Connecticut in 1998 to serve as director of the music division at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Torrington, where she was also a principal ballet accompanist.

For several years, Ms. Vinisko also accompanied the St. John's Chorale in Washington and taught as a member of the piano faculty at the former Connecticut Conservatory for the Performing Arts in New Milford and the Wooster School in Danbury.

In her role as minister of music at the New Preston Congregational Church, Ms. Vinisko is organist/pianist and choir director.

In addition, she is a member of the music faculty at Canterbury School in New Milford.

Mr. Fiala trained at the Conservatory of Prague and studied with European cellist M. Apolin, becoming the first cellist in AUS of Prague.

He toured has toured throughout Europe, founded and arranged music for the cello quartet known as Rag Q and appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Canada.

He joined the Franciscan Friars in 1990 and continues to perform in concert several times a year.

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