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Shepherd music department hosts free concert Jan. 22

By Staff | Jan 16, 2015

Shepherd University faculty Heather Austin-Stone, violin, Jeffry Newberger, viola, Edward Leaf, bass, Dr. Scott Beard, piano, and guest musician, Camilo Prez-Mejia, cello, will present a dynamic program featuring Franz Schubert’s famous “Piano Quintet in A major,” known as the “Trout Quintet,” in the Shepherd Music Salon Series concert, A Romantic Evening, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Frank Center’s W.H. Shipley Recital Hall.

Schubert composed the “Trout Quintet” in 1819 when he was 22 years old, although it was not published until 1829, a year after his death. The piece gets its name because the fourth movement is a set of variations on the composer’s 1817 song “Die Forelle,” which in English means the trout.

The evening’s program also includes “Impromptu for Violin and Piano” by Shepherd music composition major Ian Karraker, of Boynton Beach, Florida; “Scene de Ballet” by composer Charles-Auguste de Beriot, performed by Austin-Stone and Beard; and three movements of de Beriot’s “Duo Concertant No. 1” performed by Austin-Stone and Newberger.

Dr. Scott Beard, dean of graduate studies and continuing education, is a nationally recognized pianist, teacher, clinician, author, and recording artist. Concerts as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist have taken him throughout the United States and Canada, Croatia, Ecuador, France, Italy, and Spain. Beard has published articles in several national publications and his anthologies of piano ensemble music are published by Alfred.

Heather Austin-Stone, adjunct faculty, is the concertmaster of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the assistant concertmaster of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and a first violinist with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.

Jeffry Newberger, adjunct faculty, is assistant concertmaster of the Apollo Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra. As an avid proponent of new music, he performs regularly with the Third Millennium Ensemble and has worked extensively with local composers to premiere their works.

Edward Leaf, adjunct faculty, is currently the principal bass for the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra and assistant principal bass of the Williamsburg Symphonia.

Camilo Perez-Mejia received a bachelor of music from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia and has served as principal cellist of the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Frederick Symphony Orchestra, and the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra.

The Shepherd University Music Salon Series concerts are free and open to the public For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu.