Interdependence Day Celebration Concert Slated at The University of Scranton

Sep 15, 2010

The critically acclaimed Mendelssohn Piano Trio will perform an Interdependence Day Celebration Concert at The University of Scranton’s Houlihan-McLean Center on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. The concert, which is free of charge and open to the public, is presented by the University’s Schemel Forum, Provost’s Office, Performance Music and Office of Equity and Diversity.

The chamber music ensemble features Russian violinist Peter Sirotin, Taiwanese pianist Ya-Ting Chang and English cellist Fiona Thompson, each of whom is a talented solo artist in his and her own right. The group is named in honor of the 19th century composer. The trio will perform works of Hayden, Korngold and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

Educators as well as artists, the trio is the ensemble-in residence for Washington, D.C.’s Embassy Series and Messiah College, where they also teach. In addition, the ensemble has performed and given master classes in a variety of venues nationwide and abroad, including universities, colleges, art academies and music festivals. Since forming the trio in 1997, they have performed at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan; the National Gallery of the Arts; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and Austin Chamber Music Festival among others. They have released numerous recordings on Centaur Records and were featured in an international radio broadcast for Voice of America and on NPR’s “Performance Today” program.

A graduate of Moscow’s Central Music School, Sirotin also studied at the Moscow Conservatory and the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He has performed at numerous venues in Europe and the United States.

A graduate of Manchester England’s Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music, Thompson received a full-tuition scholarship to The University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

A graduate of the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Chang won first place in the 1987 Taiwan National Piano Competition. She has also performed extensively throughout the United States, as well as in Germany, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Since launching the first Interdependence Day event in Philadelphia on Sept. 12, 2003, there have been major Interdependence Day observances in Rome and Paris, along with Philadelphia and in communities and on campuses around the world, including Scranton, which has celebrated Interdependence Day since 2006.

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