Aspen hosts Trio Me­sama con­cert

Record Observer - - Opinion -

QUEEN­STOWN — The Aspen In­sti­tute will host a con­cert on Sun­day, April 17, at 3 p.m. at the Inn at River House on the In­sti­tute’s Wye River cam­pus off Carmichael Road in Queen­stown. The con­cert will fea­ture Trio Me­sama, com­prised of clar­inetist Melissa John­son Lan­der, pi­anist Sahun “Sam” Hong and cel­list Mauri­cio Rey Gal­lego.

Cur­rently pur­su­ing grad­u­ate stud­ies at the Pe­abody Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic in Bal­ti­more, the three mu­si­cians were cho­sen as an Hon­ors Ensem­ble to rep­re­sent the con­ser­va­tory’s high­est level of cham­ber mu­sic. The con­cert pro­gram will in­clude the Beethoven Trio, Op. 38 and Brahms’ Clar­inet Trio. A re­cep­tion will fol­low.

“We are de­lighted to bring th­ese three out­stand­ing young mu­si­cians to the Wye River cam­pus,” said Judy Price, Aspen Wye Cam­pus Man­ager. “Th­ese con­certs are an im­por­tant part of the Wye Fel­lows pro­gram­ming, com­ple­ment­ing monthly dia­logues with world thought lead­ers and op­por­tu­ni­ties to at­tend the In­sti­tute’s events in Wash­ing­ton, DC. Now in our tenth sea­son, Fel­lows take part in a rich and re­ward­ing pro­gram through­out the year. We are ex­cited to host this event for friends of the In­sti­tute’s Wye cam­pus and mem­bers of the pub­lic.”

Clar­inetist Melissa John­son Lan­der gave her solo recital de­but at the age of 21 with a live broad­cast on NPR af­ter win­ning the Neale-Silva Young Artist Com­pe­ti­tion. Ms. Lan­der cur­rently serves as Clar­inetist and Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor with Sym­phony Num­ber One. She has served with the US Army Field Band and other in­terna- tional groups, per­form­ing in more than 800 con­certs around the world.

Pi­anist Sahun “Sam” Hong was praised by the New York Con­cert Re­view for his “ex­cel­lent com­bi­na­tion of vir­tu­os­ity and mu­si­cal­ity” and “clar­ity, con­fi­dence, and wis­dom.” He has been awarded sev­eral in­ter­na­tional prizes, and been fea­tured as a guest soloist with sym­phony or­ches­tras such as those of Mil­wau­kee, Fort Worth, and Cam­er­ata New York.

Cel­list Mauri­cio Rey Gal­lego is a na­tive of Madrid, Spain, and be­gan his stud­ies at the Con­ser­va­to­rio Pro­fe­sional de Música in Val­ladolid, Spain. Cur­rently com­plet­ing a Doc­tor of Mu­si­cal Arts de­gree, he has been an ac­tive mem­ber of the Na­tional Youth Orches­tra of Spain and the Pe­abody Sym­phony Orches­tra, and has par­tic­i­pated in fes­ti­vals and mu­sic cour­ses through­out Europe and the United States.

As in­di­vid­ual artists, the three have per­formed in coun­tries around the world in­clud­ing Ja­pan, Canada, Spain, France, Ger­many, Fin­land and Nor­way. Be­tween them they have per­formed with nu­mer­ous famed in­ter­na­tional or­ches­tras, in­clud­ing those of Hei­del­berg and the Bos­ton and Cincin­nati Pops.

The con­cert is spon­sored by the Aspen Wye Fel­lows and the Friends of Wye, sup­port groups of the In­sti­tute and its Wye River cam­pus.

The con­cert is free with a limited num­ber of seats avail­able to the gen­eral pub­lic. Seats may be re­served by call­ing Mary Ann Dodd at 410-820-5433. To learn more about the Aspen Wye Fel­lows, con­tact Judy Price at judy. price@ as­penin­sti­tute. org or by call­ing 410-820-5432.


From left, Trio Me­sama mem­bers Sahun “Sam” Hong, pi­ano; Mauri­cio Rey Gal­lego, cello; Melissa John­son Lan­der, clar­inet.

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