Premiere of my "Ascent" for violin, cello, and piano

University Of Maine Augusta - Jewett Auditorium, 46 University Dr, Augusta, ME

Portland Piano Trio: Tracey Jasas-Hardel, violin; Ben Noyes, cello; Annie Antonacos, piano “The acclaimed Portland Piano Trio makes the trip to Augusta, Maine for a rich and intriguing program of works spanning the centuries and classical styles.  The late 19th- and early 20th-centuries are represented by two unique figures and works: first, the lush, impressionistic Piano Trio, Op. 150 by the pioneering female American composer Amy Beach, and second, settings of evocative African-American spirituals by the black British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.  Richard Nelson's "Ascent" conjures images of a cryptic remote mountain trek and an energetic, ritualistic celebratory dance at the end of the journey.  Anchoring the program is Beethoven's celebrated Trio for Piano and Strings Op. 70, No. 1, nicknamed the "Ghost" because of the haunting character of its second movement.”