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Malone University Faculty Artist Series present the Sarasvati Trio on October 14

September 27, 2013 | Release # 6729

Sarasvati TrioThe Malone University Department of Music faculty Artist Series continues with the Sarasvati Trio – featuring Margaret Cooper, violin; Susan Bestul, cello; and Christine Kefferstan, piano – Monday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton, Ohio. The program is free and open to the public. A program follows.

Margaret Cooper, violin, earned her bachelors and master's degrees from Indiana University, and spent a year studying Baroque Violin at the Hochschule für Musik, in Vienna, Austria with Eduard Melkus. She is a professional violinist, violist, and teacher. With more than four decades as an orchestral and chamber musician, she has played concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Her academic appointments include the State University of New York, Fredonia (1987-1992), Ithaca College (1992-2001), and West Virginia University (2007-2008). Margie has been a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Musica Regala, Ars Nova, as well as serving as Concertmaster of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. She was a founding member of the Ariadne String Quartet, in residence at Ithaca College, the Mercyhurst Quartet, in residence at Mercyhurst College, the Allegheny Trio, and Trio Con Brio. Margie is currently a member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and performs annually at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House in its Bach and Beyond festival. She maintains a private studio of 30 students.

Susan Bestul, cello, received her bachelor of music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and continued her studies with Aldo Parisot at Yale University. Other teachers have included Lynn Harrell, Zara Nelsova, Jack Kirstein and Peter Wiley. From 1979 - 1999 Susan served as the principal cellist for both the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, in addition to performing frequently with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Cincinnati Opera Orchestra. She has toured extensively with these groups, including numerous performances in Carnegie Hall as well as at the Casals Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After moving to Madison, WI in 2000, Susan was a founding member of the Ancora String Quartet and also performed with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra including playing principal cello for the "Concerts on the Square" held each summer at the Capitol. Other orchestral positions she has held include the Caracas (Venezuela) Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of New England, the Filarmonica de las Americas in Mexico City, the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, the Palm Beach Pops and the Florida Orchestra.   Susan maintains a private teaching studio and performs regularly with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra in Severance Hall.

Christine Kefferstan, piano, MM and DMA, graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Teachers include David Bar-Illan, Anna McGrosso, Sedmara Rutstein, and Viachaslov Gabrielov. Recent international performances include recitals in Malaysia and Indonesia (2013), London St. Martin–in-the-Fields (2008 and 2010) and a performance for the 2010 British Flute Society, Manchester, England. Interested in collaborations of all kinds, Kefferstan's performances include the 2003 MTNA conference, "Issues of Dance and Duality in Maurice Ravel's two-piano transcription of La Valse" Salt Lake City, and the 2009 MTNA conference "Dvorak's Dumky Trio: Czech and Balance" Atlanta. Other performances include the National Women and Creativity Conference; the College Music Society; the 2009 Music in the Museums of Rio Festival, Rio de Janeiro; and the 2010 9th International Festival of Women Composers and solo recitals at the National Institute of Culture and History in Belize City, Belize, the Stifel Fine Arts Series, Wheeling, WV; the Silver Series, Plymouth, NH; and the Steinway Society Series, Pittsburgh. In 2011 Kefferstan performed the Ravel Concerto for Left Hand with the WVU Symphony Orchestra. Recognized by the WVU School of Music and by the West Virginia Music Teachers Association for her excellence in teaching, Kefferstan is professor of piano at West Virginia University, Morgantown, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate piano majors.   Contact:ckeff...@mail.wvu.edu   304-293-4521 or   304-599-5062.


Trio in C Hob. XV, No. 3    Joseph Haydn

Allegro            (1732-1809)


Finale - Presto

Piano Trio #2 in b minor, Op. 76     Joaquin Turina

Lento-allegro molto moderato          (1882-1949)

Molto vivace

Lento-Andante mosso-allegretto


Piano Trio #4 in e minor, Opus 90 "Dumky"         Antonin Dvorak

Lento Maestoso         (1841-1904)

Poco adagio


Andante moderato


Lento maestoso

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