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PROJECT show aiming to please

By Staff | Feb 10, 2012

PROJECT Trio will bring a new style of classical and contemporary music to Shepherd University, with a show Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The group, which is comprised of three composer/performers, flutist Greg Pattillo, cellist Eric Stephenson, and double bass player, Peter Seymour will perform what Seymour described as a “high energy” show that infuses the traditional with modern sounds.

“Our background is in classical music, but we enjoy playing every style music,” he said.

Seymour explained that the group, who all met while studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music, decided to blend their formal training with the popular music that inspired them.

Seymour said the group has adopted the classical musical tradition of chamber music ensembles and the rock music tradition of garage bands, and merged the two.

“We’re like a classical jam band,” he said.

The Brooklyn-based trio who’ve made a name for themselves through their YouTube performances-which have generated approximately 60 million views- have been performing all around the country for the past five years.

Seymour described the group as true representation of the, “internet generation.”

The ensemble has recorded and released three albums and recently released a concert DVD, called “PROJECT Trio: Live Concert.”

The group will soon record their fourth CD, which is slated for release in 2012.

Seymour said he’s looking forward to the show at Shepherd on Tuesday and explained that part of the group’s mission is to promote music education wherever possible.

“Everywhere we go we’re reaching out to the community… Education is a big part of what we do,” he said.

The ensemble, which is returning to Shepherd University for the second time, will host a master class for music students prior to performing Tuesday night.

“We’re really in to spreading the love during the day and then playing the concert that night,” he said. “We’re super happy to be back.”

The university performance will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Cost of attendance is $22 in advance; $27 general admission at the door, $22 faculty, staff and seniors; $15 for students 18 and under. For ticket information call 304-876-5765 or visit www.sufom.org. For additional information on PROJECT Trio visit their web site at www.projecttrio.com.