The Sundance Trio brings a modern feel to an exceptional repertoire.

0 comments, Monday, March 8th, 2010, by Heather A. Turley, in Opinions

Musical group The Sundance Trio was hosted by the Brigham Young University School of Music in the BYU Museum of Art Auditorium Feb. 25.

The trio includes two BYU faculty members Geralyn Giovannetti on oboe, Christian Smith on bassoon, with renowned pianist Jed Moss.

The group opened the concert with “Trio” by Ernst Mahle and “Liebestraum” by Franz Liszt. The recital also included works by Claude Debussy, Jenni Brandon, and Francis Poulenc.

The trio’s interpretation of a composition by Jenni Brandon, a young composer in her thirties, was particularly exceptional. Brandon wrote “The Wildflower Trio” for President Lyndon B. Johnson’s wife.

The second movement, “Wild Rose and Butterfly,” transported the listener to a mountain escape, where one could hear faintest melodic suggestions of birds, soft breezes and mountain streams. The trio’s sound consists of a great mix of scales and bouncing sharps and flats beautifully arranged and performed with a modern sound.

Moss stunned the audience with a beautiful piano solo by Bach titled “Fantasy in Fugue,” which brought Moss two curtain calls.

Geralyn Giovannetti, a native Canadian, has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. She is currently Professor of Oboe at Brigham Young University and a member of Orpheus Winds, the resident faculty wind quintet.

Christian Smith is Associate Professor of Bassoon at the BYU School of Music.  He also teaches instrumental conducting, directs the woodwind chamber music program, and performs with Orpheus Winds.

Jed Moss, a non-faculty pianist, has performed with great success in many countries. He is known for collaborations with musicians and orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic. Moss has soloed with orchestras in Idaho, Utah, Texas and Washington D.C.

The Sundance Trio has traveled and performed with great success and continues to thrill audiences with their talent. For more information about performances and albums contact Geralyn Giovannetti at Geralyn_Giovannetti@byu.edu.

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