A fundraiser concert for a new 9-foot Steinway Grand Piano is scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm, in the Augustana Chapel. The recital features TRIO VOCE– Patricia Tao, piano, Jasmine Lee, violin, and Marina Hoover, cello. These three outstanding musicians will perform a variety of works, including Antonin Dvorák’s “Dumky” Trio , Opus 90, and tangos of Astor Piazzolla.
Trio Voce will thrill audience members with their passion, enthusiasm and ability to make written music come alive. The three individuals of Trio Voce communicate as one voice (“voce” in Italian.). All three members are established musicians, who have studied with some of the world’s most notable artists at schools such as Curtis, Yale and Harvard.
Jasmine Lin began violin studies at age four. She was a prizewinner in the International Paganini Competition and took second prize in the International Naumburg Competition. The New York Times describes her as an "unusually individualistic player" with "electrifying assertiveness" and "virtuosic abandon".
Two-time Grammy nominee Marina Hoover was founding cellist of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, which rocketed to international prominence after winning both the Young Concert Artists auditions and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. In her 13 years with the St. Lawrence, Ms. Hoover performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street “Y,” The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and Theatre De Ville (Paris).
Pianist Patricia Tao, founding member of the Guild Trio from 1988-1998, leads an active life as performer, teacher and concert organizer. As pianist of the Guild Trio, she performed throughout the United States and Europe, with appearances in major North American cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C. With the Guild Trio, she won the prestigious USA Artistic Ambassador competition, resulting in a seven-country European tour.
Tao is excited for the Camrose community, knowing what a 9-foot New York Steinway will offer students, local and visiting artists, and audience members. “It would be wonderful for the Augustana campus to have a new concert grand Steinway. It is so beneficial for students to be able to hear and play high quality instruments, and is an important part of their education to help them learn what the possibilities are on a great instrument. What is the saying? If they only eat Big Macs, they’ll never be able to appreciate a filet mignon?”
Tickets are available now at the Augustana Fine Arts Office, Augustana Development Office, and Candler Art Gallery. Ticket prices are $40 each, consisting of a $15 general admission charge and a $25 contribution to the 9-foot Steinway grand piano fund. Tax receipts will be issued. Refreshments will be served after the recital.