West Shore Piano Trio

October 20, 2017

The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present the West Shore Piano Trio in a Faculty-Guest Artist Series concert on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. The recital is free and open to the public. The West Shore Piano Trio is comprised of Dr. Jay DeWire on piano, Heather Haughn on the violin and Diana Flesner on the cello. The program will consist of "Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49" by Felix Mendelssohn, "Piano Trio" by Leonard Bernstein and "Trio in C Major, Op. 87" by Johannes Brahms. Mendelssohn's "Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49" was completed in 1839 and published the following year. During the initial composition of the work, Mendelssohn took the advice of a fellow composer and revised the piano part. The revised version was in a more romantic style with the piano given a more important role. The piece is one of Mendelssohn's most popular chamber works and is recognized as one of his greatest. "Piano Trio" dates back to Bernstein's days at Harvard; he completed it in 1937 at the age of 19. This trio may be less memorable than the best of his mature work, but its fluency and enthusiasm make it enjoyable both in its own right and as a foretaste of things to come. Several melodic ideas, in fact, were recycled for use in later pieces. The self-critical composer Brahms destroyed many of his early works but revised "Trio in B Major, Op. 8" 25 years later, when his publisher was about to re-issue the score. The result is "Trio in C Major, Op. 87," whose second movement is derived from one of Brahms favorite folk-music sources, Hungarian gypsy music. When the famous pianist Clara Schumann first heard the piece, she declared that it was "a glorious work ... playing it is a musical treat." DeWire, a frequent solo performer and member of the West Shore Trio, has appeared up and down the Eastern seaboard and is becoming known for his dynamic interpretations of 20th-century works and his "old-world flair." Recent highlights include The Kirchner Project, a tribute to Leon Kirchner and his music, and the Aspen Music Festival. DeWire has recorded three live performance solo CDs, including an all 20th-century concert that includes works by Ravel, Debussy, Bartok, Rzewski and Messiaen. He has also recorded an all-Brahms concert featuring the recently discovered Gavottes, which he arranged and completed for concert performance. He is a lecturer in the Department of Music at FSU. Haughn enjoys a diverse career as an active chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. She currently plays with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic. She is on the faculty of Goucher College and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Haughn has performed as soloist and concertmaster with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Sinfonietta and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. Always active as a chamber musician, Flesner was a member of the Cervantes String Quartet for two years. She has participated in the Manchester Music Festival and the Quartet Program at Bucknell and has played in master classes or coached with members of the Pacifica, Miro, Miami, Kocian, Tokyo, Juilliard, Takacs and Kronos quartets. Flesner served as principal cellist for the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and has played with BACH (Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana), the Prairie Ensemble, Opera Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Fairfax Symphony. For more information, contact FSU's Department of Music at 301-687-4109. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.