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 Piano trio celebrates Haydn, Mendelssohn, Turina anniversaries 




Feb. 3, 2009

Contact: K.E. Schwab  




Piano trio celebrates Haydn, Mendelssohn, Turina anniversaries 


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock Piano Trio will commemorate "A Trio of Anniversaries" when it salutes the 200th anniversary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn, the 200th anniversary of the death of Franz Joseph Haydn and the 60th anniversary of the death of Spanish composer Joaquin Turina.

            The annual concert, set for 4 p.m. March 15 in Swope Music Hall, benefits the Dwight and Jeane Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund honoring the long-standing SRU music department faculty who retired in 1983.

            The trio features Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music, on piano; Paula Tuttle, music instructor, on cello; and Warren Davidson, music instructor, on violin.

            This year's program, sponsored by SRU's music department, includes Haydn's "Trio in
E-flat Major," Mendelssohn's "Trio in C minor," and Turina's "Trio No. 2 in B minor."

            The minimum admission donation is $10 for the general public; $5 for students. Donations to the scholarship exceeding the minimum are tax deductible.

            The scholarship, which is awarded to an SRU music major with a concentration in piano or strings, salutes the Bakers as beloved faculty members. The late Dwight Baker received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and his Master of Science in music education from Duquesne University. 

            He came to Slippery Rock University in 1949 as band director and also served as director of the men's glee club, the orchestra, and critic teacher of the lab school, where he supervised student teaching. From 1981-1983, he served as chair of the music department and oversaw the creation of the degree program in music education. He was a prolific composer and arranger; his choral arrangements were published by Sacred Music Press and Sam Fox, and many of his instrumental works were performed by the Slippery Rock Symphonic Band and other university bands. 

            Baker was also an accomplished violinist. He was a member of the Pennsylvania School Educators Association, the National Education Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

            Jeane Warner Baker graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and received a Master of Music Education from Duquesne University. She joined the SRU faculty in 1964, teaching piano and class piano. She served as accompanist for the SRU Choir, Chamber Singers and Symphonic Choir. She performed at various community and University events and established the Noteworthy Piano Studio in Slippery Rock, where she taught private lessons. She served as church organist of the Highland Presbyterian Church in Slippery Rock for 52 years and was choir director for many years. 

            She was a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs, the Tuesday Musical Club of Pittsburgh, and other civic organizations.

            The trio will also present the anniversary concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, and at 7:30 p.m. March 22 in Bliss Recital Hall on the Youngstown State University campus.

The performers: Kaplan

            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. Solomon�s involvement with the works of women composers 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 International Festivals of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

She has been a soloist with orchestras in Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, as well 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 now president of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association. 

She has released three CDs - "Piano Music of Nikolai Lopatnikoff," "Character Sketches" and "Sunbursts." 

Solomon received her early training as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School. She received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Yale, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music and Doctorate of Music from Boston University.



Tuttle, a Pittsburgh native who teaches cello at SRU, performs with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra at the Benedum Center. She has performed recitals in Europe and the United States and continues to perform frequently in western Pennsylvania and elsewhere. In 2004, she performed the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with the Edgewood Symphony and again in 2005 with the Slippery Rock Symphony Orchestra. The Steinway Society presented her in recital in 1997 and 2003, and she has toured in Europe, the Far East and the U.S. with orchestras and performed as principal cellist with the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina and the Festival of the Two Worlds in Italy. 

In the summers of 1997, 1999 and 2002, she participated in Acadamie Franco Americain in Provence, France, where she was presented in solo and chamber music recitals. In 2001 and 2002, she was in-residence with the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Colo. In the summer of 2005 and 2006, she performed nightly with a string quartet in-residence at the Lake Hotel in Yellowstone Park. 

Tuttle is a member of the MyMusic Orchestra which plays for PBS specials. To date, she has played with more than 100 stars of the pop music scene on fundraisers aired on national television. 

She graduated from the Eastman School of Music where she earned her bachelor's degree. She earned a Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University and continued post-masters studies at New England Conservatory and the University of Akron.



Davidson conducts the Slippery Rock University Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin, viola and strings classes. He earned his Bachelor of Arts cum laude in philosophy and psychology at Duquesne University before turning to full-time violin study. 

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 earned his Doctor of Musical Arts 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 and was recently named music director of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra. 

His special teaching interests are in 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.


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