FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2007
Contact: K.E. Schwab -- 724-738-2199
Trio tickles the ivory to raise dollars for SRU
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock Piano Trio will
present "Towering Beethoven" as its fourth annual Baker Scholarship
concert March 4 at 4 p.m. in Slippery Rock University's Swope
The trio, comprised of SRU faculty members Nanette Kaplan
Solomon, piano, Warren Davidson, violin, and Paula Tuttle,
cello, will perform a lyric trio by French composer Gabriel Faure,
Beethoven's ever-popular "Archduke" trio and a 2004 work by
American composer Joan Tower titled "For Daniel," a powerful
and moving piece dedicated to the memory of a young man. The work,
though dissonant at times, makes use of minimalist techniques.
Tower has received numerous commissions, including one in
1998 from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She recently received
national recognition for her "Made in America," a commissioned
orchestral work performed by regional orchestras in every
Concert tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for students, may be
purchased at the door. Additional scholarship contributions will be
accepted. For further information, call 724-738-2063.
Proceeds from the campus event support the Dwight and Jeane
Baker Memorial Scholarship, awarded to an SRU music major
concentrating in piano or strings. The Bakers were long standing
and beloved faculty members of the SRU music department. Both
retired in 1983.
In addition to the annual performance, the Slippery Rock
Piano Trio has performed in Youngstown and Pittsburgh, and as guest
artists last summer at the Music at Penn Alps Festival in
Maryland. They recently performed Beethoven's "Triple"
Concerto with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra and the St.
Andrew's Festival Orchestra in Pittsburgh.
Kaplan Solomon is an SRU professor of music who 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. She has performed at international
conferences in Berlin, Vienna, Kyoto, Limerick, Costa Rica and
Madrid, and is deeply involved with the works of women composers.
She has performed at several feminist theory and music conferences,
including the American Music/American Women Symposium in Boulder,
Colo., and the Athena Festival in Murray, Ky. One of her three CDs
features the piano works of women composers.
Davidson conducts the Slippery Rock Symphony Orchestra and
teaches violin, viola and strings classes at SRU. He earned his
bachelor of arts in philosophy and psychology and his master of
music degree in violin from Duquesne University, and is completing
his doctor of music arts degree at West Virginia University where
he is the Swiger fellow.
Tuttle, a Pittsburgh native, performs with the Pittsburgh Opera
and Ballet Orchestra at the Benedum Center. She teaches cello at
SRU, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University,
and has performed recitals in Europe and the U.S., as well as
throughout western Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the Eastman
School of Music and Carnegie Mellon, and has completed post-masters
work at the New England Conservatory and the University of
SlipperyRock 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
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