Zion Trio marks National Park’s 100th Anniversary with Music

Published: March 04, 2019 | Read Time: 3 minutes

SUU’s Department of Music will host the Zion Trio on Friday, March 22, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall of SUU’s Music Building. Zion Trio includes Dr. Paul Abegg, violin; Dr. Ka-Wai Yu, cello; and Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, piano. They will perform music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Paul Schoenfield. This concert is free and open to the public.

Violinist Dr. Paul Abegg is Professor of Music at Dixie State University. He is the Director of String Studies and conducts the Dixie State Symphony Orchestra (DSSO). As a soloist he has performed throughout the United States as well as in Japan, Brazil, France, England, and Malaysia. His Chamber music experience includes studies at Kneisel Hall (ME), and performances with the Colson String Ensemble in France. Dr. Abegg has recorded extensively for film and television scores. He has performed with Celtic Woman, Mannheim Steamroller, Donny Osmond, Peter Cetera, Natalie Cole, and Marvin Hamlisch and classical artists which include Audra McDonald, Leon Fleisher, Marilyn Horne, Peter Serkin, Ellen Zwilich, Frederica von Stade, Mark O’Connor, Peter Schickele, Elmar Oliveira, Kathleen Battle, and Gil Shaham.

Dr. Ka-Wai Yu is Assistant Professor of Music at Dixie State University, where he teaches cello and string chamber music. He previously taught at Eastern Illinois University and Indiana Wesleyan University. Dr. Yu has given master classes in numerous universities and institutions in North America and Asia. He has taught in music camps and workshops in Illinois, Georgia and Michigan, as well as in Hong Kong, among them the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Currently the Principal Cellist of Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Yu has performed at major concert halls in Canada, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. Dr. Yu obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He also holds a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with first-class honors from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel was recently featured as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Praised as “...a master of contrasts...” (Aalener Nachrichten) and for his ability to “...put the audience into a state of sheer awe...” (Gmünder Tagespost), his performances have taken him all over the world. Bohnenstengel has performed on public radio and presented at state, regional, national and international conferences. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Missouri Western State University. He earned Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been Director of Keyboard Studies at SUU for over eight years.

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About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 26 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM) degrees in art, design, dance, music and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring nearly 700 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit www.suu.edu/pva.

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