UAH to present Inaugural Piano Trio Concert on Feb. 25

Constellation concert series presents "inaugural piano trio"

The Department of Music at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is pleased to present the Inaugural Piano Trio Concert, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, in Roberts Recital Hall.

The concert will feature UAH pianist Dr. Melody Ng as well as principal players of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (MSO), including concertmistress and violinist Marta Szlubowska, clarinetist Kenneth Graves, and cellist Jesse Christeson. Featured performances will include Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 49 in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn, Sonatina for Solo Clarinet, Op. 27 (1957) by Miklos Rosza, and Skaneateles Festival Summer Songs (2010) by living composer 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Music Carter Pann.

Music for the latter is based on poems selected from five Central New Yorkers, and the performance will be narrated by emeritus professor Dr. Royce Boyer, who not only initiated music at UAH in 1966, but is also the brainchild behind the Inaugural Piano Trio.

"For the Mississippi Chamber Music Guild’s first concert in the fall of 2014, we had engaged a local professional brass ensemble only to lose the trombone player just three weeks before opening night," he says. "So we paired the concertmistress and principal cellist of the MSO with Dr. Ng, who blew us away with a thrilling performance of Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 just one day after meeting and preparing for the recital. I am very pleased the Huntsville audience will have a chance to hear their Mendelssohn this Saturday along with two pieces incorporating the principal clarinetist of the MSO."

The concert will be preceded by a chamber music master class at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, in Roberts Recital Hall. Featuring woodwind quintet and piano trio student groups, the class is free and open to the public.

General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.


Dr. Melody Ng