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April 21, 2013

‘Something different’: Musicians from three continents combine to form Trio Aoide

JOHNSTOWN — The Chamber Music Series of Greater Johnstown will present Trio Aoide for the last concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. May 11 at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown.

Coming from three different continents, the three musicians blend classical music from their varied musical backgrounds and styles.

The trio is named after Aoide, the Greek muse of song and one of the three original muses.

Members are violinist Timothy Schwarz, a U.S. native; pianist Yu Xi Wang, a native of China; and cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, a native of Romania.

Schwarz is known to be intense and energetic and is known throughout the world for his innovative and educational programming.

This will be Schwarz’s second concert for the chamber series.

He performed with the Tripod Trio several years ago.

“It was really nice, and it was a beautiful church,” Schwarz said. “I’m excited to return.”

He is still in the Tripod Trio and recently began playing with the newly formed Trio Aoide.

Schwarz met Marinescu at West Chester University, where the cellist is employed and Schwarz conducted master classes.

He heard Wang perform a difficult piano piece and knew he wanted her contact information for future reference.

“The three of us decided to form a trio,” Schwarz said. “We’re pretty new. This will be one of our first full concerts.”

Schwarz said the program for Johnstown will be varied, with each piece a different style.

“We wanted each piece to make it’s own statement,” he said. “We didn’t want it all to be romance or all to be rhythm. It was like planning a dinner. You progress to something different.”

As a collaborative artist, Schwarz has performed recitals and chamber music throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Schwarz is currently head of the string department at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Northampton and Lehigh counties.

Wang is a former faculty member at the Juilliard School and Music Institute of Chicago and loves teaching and inspiring piano students of all ages.

She studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Juilliard School.

A vibrant pianist, Wang gave her Carnegie Hall debut in 2002 and has given solo and chamber music concerts in New York, Philadelphia, Aspen and Chicago, as well as Japan, Singapore and China.

She is currently teaching at St. Joseph’s University and Settlement Music School in Philadelphia.

Marinescu was chosen to play at Carnegie Hall for Romanian President Emil Constantinescu’s official visit to the United States.

Soon after, he made his debut with the New York Chamber Symphony, followed by other recitals in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Marinescu is known for his powerful interpretations of orchestral works by Russian composers.

He is the director of the West Chester University Symphony.

If you go ... What: Chamber Music Series of Greater Johns-town. Who: Trio Aoide. When: 7:30 p.m. May 11. Where: First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown. Tickets: $15 or two for $25 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Information: 467-7943 or www.johnstownmusic.org.

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