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Palouse trio to perform Friday
Published 11/18/2011
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Members of the WSU School of Music faculty will perform a collection of lesser-known works as the Palouse Trio presents “Hidden Treasures” as part of the Faculty Artist Series.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Friday in Bryan Hall Theatre. Ticket proceeds will profit the School of Music scholarship fund. The concert is free to WSU students, $5 for other students and senior citizens and $10 general admission. Tickets will be available in the lobby one hour before concert time.

Violinist Meredith Arksey said the program repertoire will appeal to the audience.

“We wanted to do a program of little-known works to bring them to the public,” Arksey said. “The pieces on this program are treasures because they are very appealing to the audience, and they're hidden because they are not often played and deserve to be.”

Cellist Ruth Boden said it is always a long process selecting music for a concert.

“We started thinking about what trios are out there that do not get played often,” Boden said. “This gave us the idea to do a concert of underrepresented trios, even by well-known composers. We all have things we enjoy playing, and I think this program represents that.”

Pianist Jeffrey Savage said the Palouse Trio was developed through individual performances that started the idea for a permanent group.

“This is our second full concert as the Palouse Trio,” Savage said. “It is a lot of fun. The music is wonderful and it is great to work with Dr. Arksey and Dr. Boden. They are great musicians."

The program includes"Piano Trio No. 6 in E-Flat Major,""Opus 93"by Johann Nepomuk Hummel,"Tres Piezas Originales en Esilo Español"by Enrique Fernandez Arbós and"Piano Trio in G Minor, Opus 15"by Bedrich Smetana.

“The first work is 'Piano Trio No. 6' by Hummel,” Arksey said. “Hummel auditioned on the piano for Mozart at the age of four. Although Mozart rarely accepted students, Hummel was an exception and he was Mozart's only full-time student. His music is a bridge between the classical and romantic styles.”

Second will be “Tres Piezas Originales en Esilo Español” by virtuoso violinist Arbos, Arksey said. Each of the movements characterize a fun nature.

“The third piece is the Smetana trio," she said. “It is really exciting. The piano part is huge and the string players have many wonderful passages.”  

Boden said her favorite is the Smetana.

“It is unbelievably interesting for the listener,” Boden said. “This trio is an emotional ride. My role in the trio is whenever the tension builds past the point of no return, the cello comes in with something incredibly sweet.”

Arksey said it has been a rewarding experience to play this program.  

“In rehearsals, we have mentioned how much we enjoy playing together and playing these three pieces,” she said.

Savage said the Faculty Artist Series highlights the artistry of the music faculty at WSU.

“The programs are specialized and draw the attention to musical culture,” he said. “ I think WSU students across all majors can benefit from having that cultural experience.”   

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