Zion Trio Recital Culminates Piano Pedagogy Conference

Published: March 25, 2022 | Author: Ashley H Palmer | Read Time: 3 minutes

Zion TrioAs a part of the Southern Utah Piano Pedagogy Conference, SUU’s Department of Music will host the Zion Trio on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at 5:00 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 Johannes Brahms and Ludwig van Beethoven. This concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, Director of Piano Studies at SUU, states, “It is always a privilege to play with world class musicians such as violinist Dr. Paul Abegg and cellist Dr. Ka-Wai Yu. We chose one of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano trios to commemorate his 250th anniversary two years ago, but we haven't been able to present the program due to COVID restrictions. It is very exciting to finally perform this work and a piano trio by Johannes Brahms for a live audience.”

The Zion Trio has been bringing major works from the standard repertoire for piano trio to southern Utah for years. Violinist Paul Abegg is Professor of Music and Director of Strings and Orchestras at Dixie State University. Originally from Hong Kong, cellist Dr. Ka-Wai Yu is also teaching at Dixie State University and directs the chamber music program for strings. Pianist Christian Bohnenstengel is from southern Germany and serves as Director of Keyboard Studies at Southern Utah University.

Tyler Neilson, a senior majoring in Piano Performance, shares, “Cedar City is a smaller city, and having an opportunity to hear chamber music played at such a high level is a privilege. It is also exciting to see your professors perform on stage and to see them realize the concepts they teach in lessons. I have been performing with several student chamber music groups, and it's always inspiring to learn about and to hear major works from the standard repertoire.”

Enjoy the sounds of Beethoven and Brahms with Zion Trio on April 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall of SUU’s Music Building. For more information about arts events at SUU, please visit www.suu.edu/arts.

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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, BMEd) 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 over 900 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), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) making SUU the first public university in the state of Utah to be accredited by all four associations. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit www.suu.edu/pva.

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