Trio Veritas at Plymouth State University September 26

September 25th, 2010 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H.—PSU Professor of Music Dan Perkins, piano, will collaborate with guest artists Margaret Herlehy, oboe and Melissa Mielens, flute in a program of piano trios for this unique combination of instruments at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Silver Center for the Arts.

The program includes a trio by J.S. Bach and jazz-infused trios by Madeleine Dring, Claude-Michel Damase, and Eugene Goosens, as well as the world premiere of The Numbers, a piano trio by PSU Professor Jonathan Santore.

Santore says, “I began this piece shortly after seeing the finale of LOST, a television show that I watched faithfully throughout its six-season run. One of the many mysterious plot points in the series was a set of numbers – 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 – which recurred in a variety of circumstances, and whose significance was never entirely explained. This set of numbers formed the basis for much of the harmonic and rhythmic material in this piece, and gave the work its title. Of course, you don’t have to know this connection, or the series, in order to enjoy the music, which was informed by my thoughts about certain aspects of LOST, but is otherwise not connected in any way with the show, or with Michael Giacchino’s masterful musical score.”

Perkins is director of choral activities at Plymouth State University. He holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in choral music from the University of Southern California, and the Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Brigham Young University. Perkins continued his studies as a Fulbright scholar in Helsinki, Finland.

He is active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad. He has been a guest conductor of the Dartmouth Concertato Singers and Dartmouth Handel Society, principal guest conductor for the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi, and music director of the Hanover Chamber Orchestra. He is music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, and Manchester Choral Society, and the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus. His choirs have performed and studied in Italy, Vietnam, South Africa, England, Canada, Portugal, Hungary, Slovak Republic, Poland, Austria, Southeast Asia, Brazil, Peru, the Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Morocco, and throughout the United States.

Margaret Herlehy oboe, received her training at the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College where she remained as artist in residence for a five years. Principal oboist for the Granite State Symphony Orchestra for the past five years, Herlehy is not only an accomplished performer, but also maintains an active teaching schedule both with private students and at the University of New Hampshire. She has performed with The Hanover Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the New England String Ensemble and the Berkshire Opera among other orchestras throughout the Northeast.

Melissa Mielens, a native of East Greenbush, New York, earned her bachelors and masters degrees in music at New England Conservatory, both with distinction in performance, and is one of the youngest recipients of a Fulbright grant. Mielens has traveled throughout the world playing with various orchestras, including a tour of Japan with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, the United Kingdom with the New World Symphony and tours of Europe and South America with the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. She has played principal flute with the Portland Symphony, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Mielens has also been a featured soloist with the Indian Hill Symphony and New England Conservatory Symphony.

Tickets for Trio Veritas are $14 for adults, $13 for seniors and $11 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869; online at silver.plymouth.edu

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