February 6, 2014
Contact: University Relations
Spotlight UB will present the Monument Piano Trio in a performance in the University of Baltimore's Wright Theater on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Their performance will consist of works by Anton Arensky, Frank Bridge and Felix Mendelssohn. The theater is located on the fifth floor of the UB Studemt Center., 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave.
The Monument Piano Trio, with violinist Igor Yuzefovich, cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski, and pianist Michael Sheppard, recorded their critically acclaimed debut CD in the Wright Theater in the fall of 2011. Described as "an ensemble in the truest form of the word," the Monument Piano Trio was founded in 2004 by three friends who love and embrace chamber music. Coming from different award-winning musical backgrounds, each artist in the ensemble brings a unique style to the group, creating a distinctive sound that critics have called "one intricately voiced stream of music, taking the audience through lands of wonder, worry, pleasure and pain."
Following a successful debut, the trio was invited to be the first artists-in-residence at An die Musik in Baltimore, where it presented more than six seasons of chamber concerts. During its tenure, the trio also enjoyed return engagements on numerous music series around the country.
In addition to their work in the trio, all three members are accomplished performers and soloists. Yuzefovich serves as assistant concertmaster with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as the concertmaster of the Lancaster Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Principal cellist of the BSO, Skoraczewski has performed with orchestras and in chamber music concerts across the United States, including the Barge Music Festival in New York. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2005 sponsored by the LaGesse Foundation. Sheppard has received critical acclaim as a grand interpreter of transcriptions of operatic tunes and American musical theatre. He has also worked closely with composers Nicholas Maw, Michael Hersch, Robert Sirota and John Corigliano, and often programs his original compositions.
Russian composer Anton Arensky, English composer Frank Bridge and German composer Felix Mendelssohn all were known for their Romantic classical chamber compositions.
Tickets for this event are $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizenss and UB staff and faculty, and $5 for students and UB alumni. Tickets are available at www.etix.com; please search under University of Baltimore. Tickets can also be purchased at the venue beginning one hour prior to the performance.
Reduced rate parking is available on event nights at the UB Fitzgerald Garage on Oliver Street; a voucher will be provided at the box office, and the UB shuttle is available to transport patrons between the venue and the garage.
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