Piano Trio Features Music of Beethoven & Dvořák

Posted on October 26th, 2010 by

The Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to bring the piano trio of Kenneth Freed, violin, Sharon Mautner-Rodgers, ‘cello and Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, piano, to the Björling Recital Hall stage on Sunday, October 31 at 1:30 p.m. The trio will present trios by Beethoven and Dvořák in this Sunday afternoon performance which is free and open to the public.

As individual musicians, Freed, Mautner-Rodgers and Oshima-Ryan are well-known to music lovers in the St. Peter/Mankato area. Kenneth Freed, a violist with the Minnesota Orchestra, has served as music director of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra since 2006. In addition to her teaching duties with the Gustavus Department of Music, Sharon Mautner-Rodgers is principal ‘cellist with the Mankato Symphony, a member of the South Dakota Symphony and a substitute with the Minnesota Orchestra. Pianist Yumiko Oshima-Ryan is an Associate Professor of Music at Gustavus and teaches piano performance, piano pedagogy, and keyboard skills.

Sunday’s concert includes two major piano trios. The performance opens with Ludwig van Beethoven’s four-movement Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3. The second half of the program features Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, widely recognized by the title “Dumky.”

Following the performance, a reception for the musicians will be held in the lobby of the recital hall. The concert is free and open to all music lovers. It begins at 1:30 in Björling Recital Hall on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus.


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