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 Slippery Rock Trio presents concert to benefit Baker scholars 



February 8, 2010

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Slippery Rock Trio presents concert to benefit Baker scholars 


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock Piano Trio, including Slippery Rock University faculty members Warren Davidson, Paige Riggs and Nanette Kaplan Solomon, will present an evening of chamber music to benefit the Dwight and Jeane Baker Memorial Scholarship Feb. 21.

             The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Swope Music Hall.

The Baker scholarship is awarded annually to an SRU music major with a concentration in piano or strings. It honors the Bakers, both long-standing faculty members of the SRU music department who retired in 1983.

            The program will feature works for one, two and three instruments. Works planned include "Suite Hebraique," for viola and piano by Ernest Bloch; "Suite for Cello Solo," by Gaspare Cassado; and "Trio in C Major, op. 87," by Johannes Brahms.

            Solomon will be featured on piano, Riggs on cello and Davidson on viola.

            Solomon, a professor of music at SRU, 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 the international conferences in Berlin, Vienna, Kyoto, Limerick, Costa Rica and Madrid. Her involvement with the works of women composers has led to invitations to perform at several feminist theory and music conferences, the American Music/American Women Symposium in Boulder, Colo., the Athena Festival in Murray, Ky., as well as at six of the International Festivals of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

She has been a soloist with orchestras in Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and 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 currently president of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association. Her three compact discs - "Piano music of Nikolai Lopatnikoff" (Laurel), "Character Sketches" and "Sunbursts" (Leonarda) - have received critical acclaim. 

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

Riggs who grew up in the Boston area, moved to Pittsburgh in 2002. As a student, her principal teachers included Paul Katz, Janos Starker and Timothy Eddy. She earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University at Bloomington and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she was awarded a doctorate of musical arts in 2000.  

Appointed a music instructor at SRU in 2009, she has also served on the music faculties at the University of Virginia and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc.

Riggs 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 has that position in the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and the McKeesport Symphony. 

            Davidson, an instructor of music at SRU, conducts the Slippery Rock University Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin and viola.

He earned a bachelor of arts cum laude in philosophy and psychology at Duquesne University before turning to fulltime violin study. His principal teachers were Alan Grishman and Efim Boico. 

He completed his master of music 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 his doctor of musical arts degree from West Virginia University where he was granted a Swiger Fellowship. 

Davidson is active as an orchestral concertmaster, recitalist and teacher. He is comfortable in a wide variety of musical styles. He was recently named music director of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra. 

His special teaching interests are in the areas of technical foundations of violin and viola playing, analysis of technical difficulties, effective practice regimens, tone production, efficient body use and musical understanding through musical analysis.

            Tickets, available in advance or at the door, are offered at a $10 minimum donation for the general public and $5 for SRU students. Donations exceeding the minimum are tax deductible. For reservations call the SRU music department at 724.739.2063.


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.

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