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 SRU Faculty to Offer Music Tour of Vienna at Scholarship Concert 




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          SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The works of Haydn, Schubert and the blend of Schoenfield’s American, Viennese, light classical and Broadway styles will be featured when the Slippery Rock Piano Trio performs “An Afternoon in Vienna” at 4 p.m. Jan. 30 to benefit the Dwight and Jeane Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund.

          Admission requires a $10 minimum donation for adults, $5 for students with proceeds benefiting SRU music majors concentrating in piano or strings. The concert will be held in Swope Music Hall on the SRU campus.

          The Baker scholarship honors two, long-term SRU faculty members. The late Mr. Baker served as director of the SRU Men’s Glee Club and supervisor of student teaching and as music department chair oversaw creation of SRU’s bachelor of science in music education degree. Mrs. Baker, who died in 2003, joined the SRU music faculty in 1964 to teach piano and served as accompanist for numerous SRU musical groups as well as 52 years as choir director at Highland Presbyterian Church in Slippery Rock. 

          The program will offer Haydn’s “Trio in C Major,” Schubert’s “Trio in B-flat” and Schoenfield’s “Café Music,” which was premiered in 1985 after commission by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minneapolis, Minn. Schoenfield explains that the composition came to him “after sitting in one night for the pianist at Murrays Restaurant in Minneapolis. Murrays employs a house trio, which plays entertaining dinner music in a wide variety of styles.  My intention was to write a kind of high-class dinner music, which could be played at a restaurant, but might also just barely find its way into a concert hall.”

          Performers for the scholarship concert will be SRU faculty members

         Warren Davidson, instructor of music and conductor of the Slippery Rock Symphony Orchestra. At SRU, he teaches violin, viola and string classes. He holds his bachelor of arts as a master of music in violin from Duquesne University and a master of music in theory and composition from the University of Pittsburgh. He is working toward a doctoral degree at West Virginia University. 


         Paula Tuttle, an instructor of music at SRU who also teaches at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. She has performed with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Opera at Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center. She has toured the Far East with orchestras and participated in the Spoleto Festival, the Colorado Music Festival and the Acadamie Franco-Americain.


         Nanette Kaplan Solomon, a member of the SRU faculty since 1977, teaches piano, music history, music skills and women in music classes. An active performer, she has appeared as a recitalist, soloist and with orchestra and chamber groups. She has also presented lecture-recitals at national and international conferences throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Japan, Ireland, Germany, France and Austria. She is a Yale College master’s graduate and holds her doctorate from Boston University. She has released three compact discs.






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