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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
724.738.2199
karl.schwab@sru.edu

 

 

 

Ghosts may visit SRU’s Baker Memorial Scholarship Concert

 

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “Eine Kleine Geistmusik,” meaning “a little ghost music,” is the theme for the April 1 Slippery Rock Piano Trio’s Dwight and Jeane Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund Concert at Slippery Rock University with clarinetist Candice Kiser as special guest.

The concert, dedicated this year to the memory of the late Mary Katherin “Kate” Brennan, former chair of SRU’s music department, is at 7:30 p.m., in Swope Music Hall.         

The piano trio includes Nanette Kaplan Solomon, SRU professor of music, on piano, Paige Riggs, SRU instructor of music on cello, and Warren Davidson, SRU assistant professor of music, on violin. 

Kiser, an instructor of music at SRU and an adjunct instructor at Grove City College, will join the concert for a performance of Peter Schickele's “Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano.” Schickele is best known for his P.D. Q. Bach alter ego. Kiser will also perform with Kaplan Solomon for Bernstein's “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.”

            Kiser is a member of the Roanoke (Va.) Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis (Ind.) Chamber Orchestra. She performs regularly with a variety of ensembles in the northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania region. She is a graduate of East Carolina University and earned her master’s degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She undertook three years of post-graduate course work at Louisiana State University as a board of regents fellow.

“The centerpiece of the program is Beethoven's trio for piano, violin and cello, which is nicknamed ‘The Ghost,’ said Kaplan Solomon. “The concert will also include Edvard Grieg’s ‘Andante Con Moto for Violin, Cello and Piano.’”

           Kaplan Solomon performs frequently as soloist and chamber musician. She has presented lecture-recitals at the College Music Society national meetings in San Diego, Savannah, Cleveland, San Juan, Denver, Kansas City, Miami and Quebec City, and has performed at international conferences in Berlin, Vienna, Kyoto, Limerick, Costa Rica and Madrid.

Her involvement with the works of women composers led to invitations to perform at several feminist theory and music conferences, including the American Music/American Women Symposium in Boulder, Colo., the Athena Festival in Murray, Ky., and six of the International Festivals of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has been a soloist with orchestras in Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts and as a featured artist with the Butler, Youngstown (Ohio) and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras.

Solomon has also performed at the Phillips Collection and the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., Wigmore Hall in London, the Lincoln Center Library in New York City and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. A former board member for performance of the College Music Society, she also served on the editorial board of the American Music Teacher. She recently completed a term as board member of the IAWM and is president of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association.

She has produced three compact discs.

Solomon received her early training as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Yale College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, her master of music from the Yale School of Music and her D.M.A. from Boston University

Riggs grew up in the Boston area and moved to Pittsburgh in 2002. She earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University-Bloomington and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she was awarded a doctorate of musical arts in 2000.

She joined the SRU faculty in 2009 and has served on the music faculties at the University of Virginia and Lawrence University. She has been principal cellist and soloist at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival since 1999, and performed and taught for many years at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, N.C.

She has been a guest artist at numerous music festivals and concert series, including the Music on the Edge Series in Pittsburgh, the Foothills Music Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Garth Newel Music Festival in Warm Springs, Va., the June in Buffalo Festival in Buffalo, N.Y., and the Embassy Concert Series in Washington, D.C.

While a student she received fellowships from the Spoleto Music Festival, the Bach Aria Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center, which awarded her the C. D. Jackson Memorial Prize in 1997. She has performed as the principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra and currently serves in that that position in the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and the McKeesport Symphony.

Davidson conducts the Slippery Rock University Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin and viola. He earned his bachelor of arts in philosophy and psychology at Duquesne University before turning to full-time violin study.

He completed his master of music degree in violin at Duquesne, his master of arts in theory and composition at the University of Pittsburgh, a certificate of advanced studies in chamber music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and earned a doctor of musical arts degree from West Virginia University where he was granted a Swiger Fellowship. Davidson is very active as an orchestral concertmaster, recitalist and teacher.

He is music director of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra.

           All proceeds from the event go to the Dwight and Jeane Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund, which grants an award each year to an incoming string or piano major. The Bakers, who retired in 1983 from SRU’s music department, were long-time devoted faculty members.

           The suggested minimum donation is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Contributions above that amount are tax deductable.

           For reservations or further information, call 724.738.2063.

 

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.

 

           

 

 

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.