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Aspen String Trio in concert Jan. 23

Members of the Aspen String Trio have collaborated over 20 years.

The Furman University Department of Music will host the Aspen String Trio in concert Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus.

Free and open to the public, the performance includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, Dohnányi and Strauss.

Their second residency at Furman, the Aspen String Trio will conduct master classes with Furman string students Monday the 22nd.

The Aspen String Trio (AST) is one of the rare professional string trios performing and touring today. Summer faculty colleagues at the Aspen Festival and School, AST members David Perry (violin), Victoria Chiang (viola), and Michael Mermagen (cello), have been collaborating for more than 20 years.

Known for virtuoso performances filled with humor and insight, AST regularly performs the complete trios of Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert, as well as lesser-known works by Dohnányi, Hindemith, Martinu, Rozsa, Villa-Lobos and Ysaÿe, among others.

Their many “themed” concert programs, all generously punctuated with commentary, include a Goldberg Variations lecture recital (SleeplessinLeipzig), Czech, Please! (music of Klein, Martinu, and Dvorak), A Fugue Good Men (fugues of Mozart and Reger), a program of dances, Baroque to modern, and a “Degenerate” concert of music by composers Krása, Gál, Klein and Weinberg who were tragically suppressed by the Nazi regime.

AST has released its first recording featuring the of music of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. Frequently heard on Baltimore’s classical station WBJC, the Trio often appears on “Face the Music” and “Music in Maryland.” The ensemble is currently recording the complete string trios and other music of Martinu for the Naxos label.

For more information about the concert, call the Furman Music Office at 864-294-2086.


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