Gallery Trio To Open Longwood Chamber Series

Published 4:21 pm Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Gallery Trio, a combination of violin, clarinet, and piano, will present a free concert in the Molnar Recital Hall of the Wygal Music Building, on the Longwood University campus, on Monday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m. The program will open the 27th Anniversary Season of the Longwood University Chamber Music Series.

The Gallery Trio, based in Richmond, includes Bruno Nasta, violin, David Niethamer, clarinet, and Danielle DeSwert Hahn, piano. The program will open with the Suite for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano, Op. 157b, composed in 1936 by the French composer Darius Milhaud. The trio will then perform Igor Stravinsky's famous piece from 1918, L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), adapted for this instrumentation by the composer himself.

The second portion of the concert will continue with the three-movement Trio by Gian Carlo Menotti, who is considered one of the most important composers of the later twentieth-century. It will close with the “Freylakh” movement from the Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano by the contemporary American composer, Paul Schoenfield.

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Clarinetist David Niethamer teaches music at Longwood University. Formerly the principal clarinetist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, he maintains an active schedule of chamber music in the Central Virginia region. He also teaches music at the University of Richmond and at Virginia Commonwealth University.

<!– 1upcrlf2 –>Begun in 1986, the Longwood University Chamber Music Series consists of four concerts each year. This year's series will feature the Amernet String Quartet on October 29, pianist John Salmon in February, 2013, and celtic singer Julie Fowlis in April, 2013.

The Series is supported by the Longwood University Arts Council and the Patrons of the Chamber Music Series Endowment. A membership drive for patrons will take place in coming weeks. For more information, or to become a patron, please call the Longwood University Department of Music at 434-395-2504.