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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
by: Rene Abadie
SOUTHEASTERN HOSTS BERGSMA TRIO - The Bergsma Trio will perform a recital at Southeastern Louisiana University Pottle Music Auditorium at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. The ensemble consists of Southeastern Professor Emeritus of Music David Evenson, front, and Heidi Lucas and Stephen Redfield, both of the University of Southern Mississippi Music Department.
HAMMOND – The Bergsma Trio, a recently organized ensemble focused on the music of American composer William Bergsma, will perform a recital at Southeastern Louisiana University Pottle Music Auditorium at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.
The performance is free and open to the public.
David Evenson, pianist and former head of the Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts, is a member of the Bergsma Trio. Now retired from the Southeastern faculty, the Hammond resident is joined in the group by two University of Southern Mississippi musicians: Heidi Lucas, associate professor of horn, and violinist and associate professor Stephen Redfield, who also serves as concertmaster of the Santa Fe Pro Musica.
Evenson said the ensemble was founded last spring and recorded "The Voice of the Coelancanth: Rhapsodic Variations for Violin, Horn and Piano," which will be performed at the recital. The recording is part of the trio's upcoming album, "The Voice of the Coelacanth: Music of William Bergsma" to be released on the Centaur label next summer. The Bergsma Trio has several upcoming performances in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
The recital program also includes a performance of Johannes Brahms "Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40."
Bergsma, who served on the Juilliard School of Music for 17 years before becoming Director of the School of Music at the University of Washington in Seattle, composed two operas, "The Wife of Martin Guerre" and "The Murder of Comrade Sharik" in addition to numerous chamber and solo piano pieces. He died in 1994 at the age of 72.
For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.