The Cumberland Piano Trio began as an outgrowth of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association's "Isotone" Chamber concerts.
The group's cellist is Dan Allcott, an accomplished cellist and music director of the Oak Ridge Symphony. Violinist Susan Lang Eddlemon is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City, where she was the first woman violinist to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Julliard. A native of Osaka, Japan, pianist Emi Kagawa, is a soloist and chamber musician who has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Italy and Japan. The Upper Cumberland area is privileged to hear these professionals in the Pleasant Hill Community Church, United Church of Christ sanctuary venue at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10.
The ensemble will perform music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Trio no. 2 in E minor; David Baker, “Boogie Woogie” from Roots II; and Antonin Dvorak Piano Trio no. 4 “Dumky.” Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards. The Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor for violin, cello and piano, Op. 67 was written in 1944 in the midst of World War II. During growing anti-Semitism in Russia, many of his works were panned or shunned.
In contrast, David Nathanial Baker was an American jazz composer, author, conductor and among the most influential voices in contemporary American music in a career that spanned over five decades. Born in Indianapolis, IN, Baker grew up in the rich musical tradition of the black community, in the world of church and gospel music, blues and rhythm and blues, and jazz. He trained as a classical musician and composer at Indiana University, where he later became a distinguished professor of music and chairman of the jazz department. “Boogie Woogie” is one of the five movements from the composition, Roots II a stylized portrait of a musical form from the African-American tradition.
The third piece, Piano Trio no. 4 from the “Dumky Opus 90” was composed by Antonîn Leopold Dvoràk, the first Bohemian composer to achieve worldwide recognition, noted for turning folk material into 19th Century Romantic music. In 1891 after Dvoràk was appointed as a professor at the Prague Conservatory, he wrote his “Dumky” trio, one of his most successful chamber music pieces. The term dumky is a term introduced into Slavic languages from the Ukranian. It is used to indicate a brooding, introspective composition with cheerful sections interspersed within.
Allcott maintains a busy career as a conductor, cellist and teacher. He received a Master of Music in cello performance from Indiana University where he continued his doctoral studies in both the conducting and cello programs. He left IU to become music director of Atlanta Ballet, a position which he held from 2000-’10, conducting over 250 performances. He is currently an associate professor of music at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, where he is director of orchestras and instructor of the cello. He is also music director of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Eddlemon, a violinist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, has extensive solo, chamber and orchestral experience including two Carnegie Hall performances. She has served as concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Boris Goldovsky Opera Company, Oak Ridge Symphony and the Symphony of the Mountains. She has also performed extensively in the string sections of many regional orchestras and for special community performances.
Pianist Kagawa received her bachelor’s degree from the Kyoto City University of Arts and her Master of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has continued her studies at New York University and at the Juilliard School as a full scholarship student. A winner of numerous national and international competitions, Kagawa has performed at the Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Trinity Church concert series, Steinway Hall and the Symphony Space. A dedicated educator, Kagawa is currently on the piano faculty of St. Joseph University in Philadelphia and has performed with several symphonies and chamber music ensembles. She maintains established private teaching studios in both New York and New Jersey.
The Community Church is at 67 Church Dr. in Pleasant Hill. The concert is free and open to the public with a $10 suggested donation at the door to hear these amazingly talented musicians. These donations help the concert team present other free performances. For more information, visit the church website www.pleasanthillucctn.org or call 277-3193.
This week in Pleasant Hill:
Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon — Blue Barn volunteer work day for Trash and Treasure Sale next to the Wellness Center on West Lake Rd.
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 5 p.m. — Documentary: “Tell Them We Are Rising” (the story of black colleges and universities) shown in Room 4, PH Community Church, UCC Main St. and Church Dr. in Pleasant Hill.
Wednesdays, 6 p.m. — Bible study and prayer at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Mission at 39 Browntown Rd. near Main St.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. — Community Bridge, Fletcher House Dining Room. All welcome. Call 277-5005.
Friday, Feb. 8 — Hike the Pioneer Short Loop at Cumberland Mt. State Park. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Aquatic Center parking lot on West Lake Rd. to carpool to the trailhead. The hike will be canceled if there is 50 percent chance of rain or the temperature is below 40 degrees.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. — Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” one of his best films in Room 4, PH Community Church, UCC Main St. and Church Dr. in Pleasant Hill. Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Feb 12, noon — Pleasant Hill emergency siren test.
Tuesday, Feb 12, 6 p.m. — Pleasant Hill Town Council meeting at PH Town Hall, 351 E. Main St. Call 277-3813.