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February 12, 2008
Contact: K.E. Schwab
Scholarship concert features 'Beethoven, Brahms and the Blues'
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Beethoven, Brahms and the Blues" is the theme for this year's Dwight and Jeane Baker Memorial Scholarship Concert presented by the Slippery Rock University Piano Trio. The concert is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in SRU's Swope Music Hall.
The annual performance, which funds scholarships in piano and strings at the University, honors the memory of the late Dwight B. Baker and Jeane W. Baker, both long-time SRU music department faculty. Both retired in 1983.
The performance trio includes SRU faculty Nanette Kaplan Solomon on piano, Paula Tuttle on cello and Warren Davidson on violin. Solomon is a professor of music, and Tuttle and Davidson are instructors.
The concert will offer "Trio in C Minor" by Beethoven, "Trio in B Major," by Brahms and Libby Larsen's "Four on the Floor." Jeffrey Mangone, a music instructor at SRU, will join the trio on double-bass for Larsen's composition.
Solomon joined the SRU faculty in 1977 and has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. She has presented lectures and recitals at the College Music Society national meetings and has performed at conferences in Berlin, Vienna, Kyoto, Limerick, Costa Rica and Madrid. In the eastern U.S., she has performed with orchestras in Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, as well as with the Butler, Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, symphony orchestras. She is president-elect of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and has released three CDs. Solomon earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Yale College and her doctorate at Boston University.
Tuttle, a music faculty member since 2002, performs with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra and has performed in Europe and across the U.S. She played the Saint-Saens Cello Concert with the Edgewood Symphony in 2004 and with the Slippery Rock Symphony Orchestra in 2005. Tuttle has performed as principal cellist with the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina and the Festival of the Two Worlds in Italy. She also participated in the Acadamie Franco Americain in France. In 2001 and 2002, she performed at the Colorado Music Festival. She is a member of the MyMusic orchestra, which plays for PBS specials. Tuttle has played for more than 100 stars on the pop music scene. She earned her bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music, her master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University and has undertaken post-masters studies at New England Conservatory and the University of Akron.
Davidson, who conducts the Slippery Rock University Symphony Orchestra, is active as an orchestral concertmaster, recitalist and teacher. His special interests are in the areas of technical foundation of violin and viola playing, analysis of technical difficulties, effective practice regimens, tone production and musical understanding through musical analysis. He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy and psychology at Duquesne University and completed his master of music in violin at Duquesne and his master of arts in theory and composition at the University of Pittsburgh. He has a certificate of advanced studies in chamber music from the University of Wisconsin and earned his doctor of music degree from West Virginia University where he was a Swiger fellow.
Admission to the concert is a $10 minimum donation for adults; $5 for students. Donations exceeding the minimum are tax deductible.
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