PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will present Trio Veritas at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 22 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Joining Professor of Music Dan Perkins will be Ella Marie Gray, violin; Rodger Ellsworth, viola and Leo Eguchi, cello. Dmitri Shostakovich's Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 40 represents turmoil. Shostakovich composed this sonata in 1934, just prior to the censure of music by Soviet authorities. This was also a period of emotional turmoil in the composer's life, as he had fallen in love with a young student. Their love affair resulted in a brief divorce from his wife, Nina. It was in August, during their period of separation, that Shostakovich wrote this cello sonata, completing it in a few weeks, according to Perkins.
Dvorak's Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 87, speaks to beauty. "The quartet is an example of lush, post-romantic writing with soaring, singable themes," Perkins says.
Dan Perkins is professor of music and director of choral activities at Plymouth State University where he was awarded the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professorship. Perkins is music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, the Manchester Choral Society and the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus. A former Fulbright scholar to Finland, he has been principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet, conductor of the Hanover Chamber Orchestra/Camerata New England, and interim conductor of the Dartmouth Handel Society.
Roger Ellsworth is on faculty in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance where he teaches string methods. He also teaches at St. Paul's School and Concord Community Music School. Ellsworth is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of the New School of Music and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has had a distinguished career as a violist with some of the leading orchestras in the Washington, D.C., and San Francisco areas.
Ella Marie Gray has been a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival since 1982 where she has performed as a soloist and concertmaster. She is also a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and an artist-in-residence at the Santa Barbara Chamber Music Festival.
Leo Eguchi can be heard with Xanthos, a contemporary music ensemble in residence at Boston University. He is a founding member of the (fully collaborative) Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, assistant principal of the conductor-less Camerata New England, principal of the New Bedford Symphony, and a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the New Hampshire Music Festival and the Portland Symphony. He has made frequent appearances with the Boston Pops Esplanade, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Boston Lyric Opera Orchestras