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SFA Faculty Trio to perform music for clarinet, violin, piano

February 24, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
The SFA Faculty Trio, featuring Christopher Ayer, clarinet, Geneva Fung, piano, and Jennifer Dalmas, violin, will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The SFA Faculty Trio will present an afternoon of chamber music for clarinet, violin and piano when the ensemble performs at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

The trio features SFA School of Music faculty members Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Geneva Fung, piano; and Jennifer Dalmas, violin. In addition to performing short works for clarinet/piano and violin/piano by Leonard Bernstein and Johannes Brahms, the musicians will perform Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Op.157b, which Dalmas described as "a delightful piece, fusing jazz and sometimes Latin elements of music in the contrasting movements."

The trio will perform Aram Khachaturian's Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, which is an early work, but carries the composer's distinct compositional voice, Dalmas said.

"At times rhapsodic and almost gypsy-like, this trio is very engaging and is filled with folksong melodies and ideas," she said.

The program also includes "Cantiga D'Amor" by Vianna de Mota. Originally written for piano, the Portuguese piece was arranged for the trio's combination of instruments by Josh Coe, SFA composition student from McKinney.

"As we will be performing this program soon in Macau with the Portuguese consul in attendance, we wanted to include a typical Portuguese work," Dalmas said. "'Cantiga D'amor' (love song) is a colorful piece, full of Portuguese folk melodies and rhythms."

The trio will perform this program several times at different universities in Hong Kong and Macau during spring break as part of an international outreach and recruiting effort.

Tickets for the concert, which is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.