Trio concert scheduled at Centenary College

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Trio Mélange from Monroe, Louisiana will perform a concert at Centenary College on Thursday, February 4 at 11:00 a.m. in the Anderson Auditorium of the Hurley School of Music. The concert is free and open to the public.

Trio Mélange is composed of soprano Claire Vangelisti, pianist Richard Seiler, and french horn player James Boldin. All three are faculty members at The University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Boldin has previously performed at Centenary with the Camerata ensemble in quartets by Igor Stravinsky and Eugene Bozza. Their trio is dedicated to promoting and performing new music for soprano, horn, and piano.

"There is a surprisingly large repertoire for horn, voice, and piano starting in the Romantic Era," says Tom Hundemer, Lecturer in Music at Centenary. "Trio Mélange's program of more recent music for this combination promises to be a group of intriguing songs that features the French horn's sound, evocative of the forest, the hunt, and the great outdoors."

The program will feature "Vier Gesänge" by Reissiger, "Le Cor: Romance" by Panseron, "Duas porcelanas musicais" by Carrapatoso, and "To the Seasons" by Gillie.

About Trio Mélange:

Dr. Claire Vangelisti's voice has graced both national and international concert and operatic stages, performing repertoire from Bach to Berg. She made her international debut in Lisbon, Portugal at the Centro Cultural de Belém, and toured in Portugal as concert soloist with the Orchestra Filarmonia das Beiras under the baton of Osvaldo Ferrierra. While serving as Artist-in-Residence at the Universidád de Aveiro, in Aveiro, Portugal, Vangelisti performed an additional solo recital of American twentieth-century song. In the U.S., Dr. Vangelisti has performed as concert soloist with organizations such as the San Antonio Symphony, the Temple Philharmonic Orchestra, the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Texas Chamber Consort, and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. Her stage career includes appearances with Austin Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Southwest Opera, and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin. An avid champion of the music of living American composers, she has collaborated with artists such as Libby Larsen, John Harbison, Daron Hagen, Lowell Liebermann, William Bolcom, and Jake Hegge.

James Boldin has performed at the 44th, 45th, and 47th International Horn Symposiums, and at numerous regional horn workshops. He has also presented clinics at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, the Louisiana Music Educators Association State Convention, and the South Central Regional Music Conference. An active orchestral musician, Boldin holds positions with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and Monroe Symphony Orchestra. His debut solo recording, Jan Koetsier: Music for Horn, was released in 2013 on the MSR Classics Label, and was critically praised in Fanfare Magazine for "superb playing…on an extraordinarily high level of both technique and communicative abilities."

Richard Seiler has taught masterclasses and performed as a solo/collaborative pianist in the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan, and China, has soloed with orchestras in North Carolina, Illinois, and Louisiana, and has recorded for Centaur Records (twice) and MSR Classics. A Fazioli artist, Seiler performs and tours frequently, and has performed at numerous international and national conventions. He served on the guest artist faculty at the International Music Festival in Yantai, China, and as a faculty collaborative pianist at the Curso Internacional de Musica Vocal in Aveiro, Portugal. Seiler has worked closely with world-renowned composers including William Bolcom, Eric Ewazen, Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, Gary Schocker, Frank Ticheli, Gwyneth Walker, and Chen Yi. Eric Ewazen’s Sonata No. 2 for Flute and Piano was commissioned by and written for Seiler and flutist Sandra Lunte and is published by Theodore Presser.

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