International piano trio performs at TTU this week

thumb_felici2009An international piano trio (violin, cello and piano), currently residing in California, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Tennessee Tech University’s Wattenbarger auditorium at the Bryan Fine Arts Center.

The concert is free and open to the public. The trio will perform trios by Mozart, Lalo and “Café Music” by the American composer Paul Schoenfield.

Additionally, the trio will coach TTU music students throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Felici Trio is comprised of Belgian pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, German violinist Rebecca Hang and American cellist Brian Schuldt. Felici members are prize-winners of the Los Angeles Liszt, Yellow Springs and Osaka music competitions.

The vibrant threesome has performed over 350 concerts in Europe, South America and the United States and has distinguished itself as a unique presence on the national music scene since coming to Mammoth Lakes as grantee of Chamber Music America's Rural Residencies Program and as a California Arts Council's (CAC) Touring Roster ensemble.

Through Chamber Music Unbound, a nonprofit arts organization, Felici presents a full winter concert season and summer festival with international guests, directs a chamber workshop, leads a music school and performs "Kids Concerts" for elementary, middle and high schools.

Outreach events for adults include music appreciation classes, instrumental lessons and chamber orchestra classes in collaboration with Cerro Coso College. The group recently received a Youth Education in the Arts grant from the California Arts Council (CAC) to design and implement educational outreach programs for elementary school children. Felici was also a recipient of a three-year Artists-in-Residence grant and Exemplary Grant from the CAC.

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