The string ensemble features M. Brent Willians, violin; Daphne Gerling, viola; and Katherine Decker, cello. Their program will include “Introduction to the Dance” by C.M. von Weber, arranged by J.W. Kalliwoda; Serenade in C Major, op. 10 for violin, viola, and cello by Ernst von Dohnanyi; “Three Rags for Violin and Cello” by William Ryden; and String Trio in G Major, op. 9 no. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven.
“We are so pleased that these wonderful musicians were able to include us on their tour of Texas universities this month,” said Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola at SFA. “Our string students will also benefit from master classes that afternoon between 1 and 3 p.m. at the music school.” The classes are open to the public.
Williams is assistant professor of violin and viola at Fort Lewis College, on the faculty at the Music in the Mountains Conservatory, and concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony. A dedicated chamber musician, he is the violinist of the Inverness Chamber Players and violinist/violist of enhakē, with whom he won the grand prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, first prize at the 3rd International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, and was a finalist at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan.
Gerling is senior artist teacher of viola and chamber music and associate director of the Summer String Institute at the University of North Texas, where she has taught since 2011. Her performances and teaching engagements have taken her across the United States, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, England, Germany, Honduras, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal and Vietnam. She has been a guest performer and master teacher at 30 universities around the country and abroad. She appears with Dallas’ Chamber Music International and Art Music series, as well as Sounds Modern in Fort Worth.
Decker, assistant professor of cello at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, has performed at the Texas Music Festival (quartet artist in residence), Round Top, Meadowmount, and the Miami Quartet’s Advanced String Quartet Seminar. As an orchestral musician, she has played with the Tallahassee, Columbus, Elgin, Albany symphony orchestras. She is also a member of the award-winning ensemble, enhakē. As a member of the Eppes String Quartet, she performed throughout the United States and in Costa Rica.
The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.