NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music faculty members will present “An Evening of Chamber Music: Piano Trios of Schumann and Faure” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
The performance features Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano; Linda Parr, piano instructor in the SFA Music Preparatory Division; Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, professor of violin and viola; and Dr. Evgeni Raychev, adjunct faculty, cello.
The program includes Robert Schumann’s Trio No. 2 in F Op. 80 and Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Trio in D minor Op. 120.
“The Schumann Trio No. 2 in F major is a marvelous piece, composed in 1847, and though complex is wonderfully satisfying for the listener and performer,” Dalmas said. “Schumann uses colorful Romantic harmonies, and also makes use of Baroque techniques such as counterpoint and canon in this four-movement work.
“One of Fauré’s late compositions, the 1922 Piano Trio in D minor Op. 120 is a lovely contrast in color,” she added. “Although written in the 20th century, it was definitely still composed in traditions of the Romantic period with slightly blurred harmonic lines.”
Seating is limited, and audience members must wear facial coverings and socially distance themselves from others not in their immediate group. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. The recital will also be livestreamed at music.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.
The following day, another piano trio performance will feature SFA music students and students of the School of Music’s Preparatory Division with all groups coached by members of the faculty trio. Music Prep students Olivia Ajero, Jonah Raychev, Will Sams and Nio Ajero will perform, along with a clarinet trio of SFA music students. SFA string majors will accompany portions of the concert. The performance is at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 11, in Cole Concert Hall. Admission is free.