Jan. 24, 1997
Guild Trio Performs March 17
by Jacques Baumer
UW-RF News Bureau
"Shame on yourself if you missed this concert," raved the Kansas City Star in September 1993. "A dazzling performance," announced the Yellow Springs News in response to an invigorating display of musical talent given in Yellow Springs, Ohio, by the internationally acclaimed music group, Guild Trio.
The Guild Trio will perform March 17 in the UW-River Falls Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building at 7 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at the Hagestad Student Center Information Desk. The cost is $5 for the public and university students can see the performance for free.
The Guild Trio, a group consisting of a pianist, a violinist and a cellist, has grabbed the international spotlight by awing audiences from around the world. "The Guild Trio reflects today's objective vision of music, unhampered by individual eccentricities," reported the Greenwich Times after a concert there.
The Trio formed in 1988 at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and won the USIA Artistic Ambassador Competition with only three months experience together. The result in 1989 was a highly successful seven-country tour through Europe. The following year the Tanglewood Music Center awarded the Guild Trio the position of trio-in-residence. In 1991, the Guild Trio overwhelmed the seventh annual Competition Finals of Chamber at Music Yellow Springs, taking first place and the hearts of their audience.
The pianist for the Guild Trio, Patricia Tao, performs extensively as both soloist and chamber musician. As the winner of numerous awards, she has performed in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria and toured the United States.
After graduating from Harvard/Radcliffe College, Tao received the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship and the David McCord Arts Award. She went on to pursue her master's degree "with distinction" from Indiana University and has completed additional graduate work at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
The Trio's violinist, Janet Orenstein, performs both in the United States and abroad as a chamber musician and soloist as well as being an advocate of contemporary music. Orenstein received bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School and pursued additional graduate studies from the SUNY-Stony Brook. Orenstein most recently was the top-prize winner of the Palm Beach Symphony's Annual Invitational Violin Competition.
Cellist Brooks Whitehouse, known as a dynamic performer, has won competitions throughout the country. After earning a bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard College, Whitehouse decided to pursue a career in music. Whitehouse received master and doctoral degrees at Stony Brook, which no doubt prepared him for the role of cellist in the Guild Trio.
Tickets are available by calling the UW-RF ticket office at 715/425-3114.