Clavier Trio Concert Passion and Glory
Scheduled for Feb. 26 at U. T. Dallas

RICHARDSON, Texas (Feb. 9, 2006) — UTD’s Chamber Ensemble in Residence, the Clavier Trio, featuring UTD faculty member Arkady Fomin, will perform Passion and Glory at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Jonsson Performance Hall on Sunday, Feb. 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Dennis Rooney of The Strad, a monthly classical music magazine for strings enthusiasts, praised the Clavier Trio for its “ teamwork and unanimity of interpretative standpoint.”

The Clavier Trio — featuring Arkady Fomin, UTD faculty member and distinguished violinist in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; pianist David Korevaar, a member of the Prometheus Piano Quartet and professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder; and new member Jesus Castro-Balbi, a professor at Texas Christian University — will perform Mozart-Adagio by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

The Clavier Trio includes Fomin, distinguished violinist in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the New Conservatory of Dallas, pianist David Korevaar, a member of the Prometheus Piano Quartet and professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and new member Jesus Castro-Balbi, a professor at Texas Christian University . Castro-Balbi replaces cellist Peter Steffens, who performed with the Trio for more than three seasons. Performances of Castro-Balbi have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and BBC World.

The concert will feature Mozart-Adagio by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and Trio in g minor, Opus 15 by Bedrich Smetana. The program will conclude with Trio in C Major, Opus 87 by Johannes Brahms .

Pärt's compositions range from neoclassical to minimalist, reflecting his eclectic taste and wide variety of inspirational sources. His Mozart-Adagio, composed for piano, violin, and cello, draws from Mozart's Piano Sonata in F major (K 280).

Czech composer Smetana's works were often nationalistic and included very few chamber pieces. Trio in g minor, Opus 15, inspired by his youngest daughter, is an audience favorite.

Ideologically opposed to the New German School as characterized by Wilhelm Richard Wagner and Franz List, Brahms preferred to mix the classical and romantic forms in his compositions. The piano was one of the first instruments he learned to play and he began composing works for piano at age 11. Brahms composed over 100 works, from symphonies to folk songs. The beautiful Trio in C Major, Opus 87 is one of only three piano trios by Brahms.

Tickets for the Clavier Trio concert are $15 for general admission and free at the door to UTD students with a valid identification. Ticket office hours for advance purchase are from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets using Visa, MasterCard or Discover, please call 972-883-2552.

More information about the concert can be found at http://ah.utdallas.edu/season0506/claviertrio2.htm.

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About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls nearly 14,500 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.