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American Chamber Trio to perform Shostakovich concert

Enjoy the lunch-hour concert series at SXU

Chicago (August 23, 2006) – The Xavier Classics at Noon concert series kicks off on Friday, Sept. 8, with a performance by the American Chamber Trio in Saint Xavier University’s McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago. 

Titled “A Shostakovich Centennial Celebration,” the program will commemorate the 100th birthday of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and include classical works such as Trio No. 1 for Violin, Violoncello and Piano, Op. 8, movements I and II of Sonata in D minor for Cello and Piano, and movements I and II of Trio No. 2 for Violin, Cello and Piano. 

“A Shostakovich Centennial Celebration” is the first of three fall concerts at noon. A $5 donation will be accepted at the door. 

Recognized internationally and nationally for more than two decades, the American Chamber Trio features violinist June DeForest, cellist Daniel Morganstern and pianist Eric Larsen. The trio has toured to South America and the Far East under the auspices of the United States State Department and the Chinese Ministry of Culture. In spring 2002, they made a five-concert tour of China with performances in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.

A founding member of The American Chamber Trio, DeForest has performed nationally and internationally for more than two decades. In addition to three appearances at the National Gallery, she has performed for chamber music societies, museums and universities throughout the United States. She has enjoyed a distinguished career as an orchestral player serving as Concertmaster for the Joffrey Ballet and the Canadian Opera and as longtime first violinist for the orchestras of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. She holds a master of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Raphael Bronstein.

Morganstern has performed virtually every major cello solo from the opera and ballet repertoire with such stars as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Joan Sutherland, Samuel Ramey, Renée Fleming, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova and Rudolf Nureyev on national radio and television broadcasts. He has served as the principal cellist for two of America’s most prestigious organizations, the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and the Lyric Opera of Chicago for more than three decades. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied with cellist Leonard Rose.

Larsen is one of the most versatile artists of his generation. He has toured extensively throughout North and South America, Russia, the Far East and Europe. He is in demand internationally for both solo piano and chamber music Masterclasses and has been on the juries of numerous American and European international piano competitions. He holds a bachelor of music with distinction from the University of Wisconsin. 

Following its performance, beginning at 2 p.m. in McGuire Hall, the trio will give a Masterclass for members of the Saint Xavier University Student String Quartet. The public, especially string players, is invited to observe. There is no admission charge for the Masterclass. 

The Xavier Classics at Noon Concert Series is founded by artistic director Jan Bickel, D.M.A., professor of music and director of vocal studies at Saint Xavier University. Each concert in the series provides 50 minutes of fine classical music to the University and neighboring communities. Since 2005, the series has been supported by the Illinois Arts Council. 

For more information, please visit www.americanchamberconcerts.org or contact the Saint Xavier University music department at (773) 298-3421. 


Contact: Saint Xavier University music department at (773) 298-3421 

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