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Faculty Recital to Feature Pianist Matthew McCright

May 2, 2012
By Jacob Cohn '13

Carleton College will present a faculty performance by piano lecturer Matthew McCright on Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The performance will also feature violinist Tarn Travers and horn player Sarah Schmalenberger, who will join McCright to perform works by Johannes Brahms and Gyorgy Ligeti. This event is free and open to the public.


The program will feature Brahms’ Horn Trio, a chamber work first performed in 1865, and Gyorgy Ligeti’s piece of the same name, a self-styled homage to Brahms which was published in 1982.


Besides being a member of Carleton’s music faculty, McCright maintains an extensive schedule as one of the most sought-after pianists in contemporary music. He has been awarded numerous grants and prizes for his work and has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Recent projects by McCright have included the release of his album Second Childhood in 2009 and a 2011 release of the piano works of Minnesota composer Gene Gutche. He has premiered numerous new pieces, many written for him, and has collaborated with a number of composers worldwide.


Travers, a visiting instructor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, has performed worldwide as a soloist and a chamber musician. He spent three years as a violinist in the New World Symphony, a full-time orchestral academy based in Miami Beach, Fla., and has been a frequent guest artist at the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra in California. Schmalenberger, a music professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, works as a freelance horn player in addition to her teaching, and she is the principal horn at the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra and the Early Music Orchestra.


For more information about this event, including disability accommodations, contact the Carleton College Department of Music at (507) 222-4347. The Carleton College Concert Hall is located on First Street, between Winona and Nevada Streets, in Northfield.