‘Romantic Music and More’ at Sweet Briar

| March 26, 2014

Sweet Briar College’s Janet Lowrey Gager Concert Series will feature romantic music by the Rainier Trio at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Memorial Chapel. Supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the event is free and open to the public.

The Rainier Trio, now in its sixth season, will play a repertoire of works by Darius Milhaud, Mikhail Glinka, Robert Fuchs and Astor Piazzolla, bridging genres from classical to tango.

Band members include Brenda Wittwer on the piano and the Classic Strings Duo, Kevin and Bryan Matheson, on the violin and viola. The two brothers were hailed as “two perfect virtuosos” at their first international performance at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as part of the Ibla Grand Prize competition winners’ tour. Both have contracts with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and can be followed at www.ClassicStringsDuo.com. Wittwer has been accompanist for Theater Charlotte, Pfeiffer University Concert Choir and Sounds of America, a musical group touring the 48 contiguous states.

Last season, the Rainier Trio performed a series of concerts in Pittsburgh and on the classical radio station WQED with Alex Jones, principal clarinetist of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. The trio was chosen to highlight the dedication concert for the Prizery’s new 9-foot Steinway piano and has collaborated with opera singers at the Vocal Arts and Music Festival at Virginia Tech. Click here to view a recent performance by the trio.

For more information about the event, contact Anna Billias at abillias@sbc.edu.

Janika Carey

Category: Music