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Alazan Trio to perform works of Schumann, Brahms

August 30, 2017 - Robbie Goodrich
SFA's Alazan Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Alazan Trio at Stephen F Austin State University will perform romantic piano trios when the faculty ensemble presents a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Comprised of School of Music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Evgeni Raychev, cello; and Ron Petti, piano, the trio will perform the music of German composers Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

Formed in 2005, the Alazan Trio has typically performed and promoted music primarily by American composers, according to Dalmas.

"For this concert, the trio will explore the music of Romantic composers Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms, going effectively on a 'European Vacation,'" she said.

The two pieces on the program are Schumann's Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17 and Brahms' Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101. The piano trio by Schumann is considered to be one of her finest works, and is her only published piece written in four-movement form.

"Elegant and lyrical, this work was admired by her contemporaries, particularly Mendelssohn," Dalmas said.

His third and last piano trio, Brahms' Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101 is also composed in four movements and is more tautly conceived than his other more lengthy chamber works, Dalmas explained.

"Of the three piano trios he composed, this is the most powerful and dramatic, and Clara Schumann admired it greatly," she said.

The performance is part of the Calliope Concert Series of the School of Music, made possible by the Wedgeworth-Wright Endowment for the Arts, the James E. and Beth Kingham Performance Fund and the Kennedy Recital Fund. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

Tickets 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.