By Michelle Garrett
If you”re stressed out by the mid-semester crunch, the School of Music faculty have some light, cheerful music to bring you out of your dark mood.
The Deseret Piano Trio will be performing Schubert on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall in the Harris Fine Arts Center.
Jeffrey Shumway said that playing with a trio is fulfilling as a pianist and that he loves playing Schubert”s music.
“It”s so beautiful and so tuneful,” Shumway said. “It will warm your heart on a winter”s night.”
Violinist Monte Belknap has said they haven”t performed Schubert in several years and wanted to bring it back. He spoke about the work that goes into performing as a musician.
“You practice for a lot of hours, which often isn”t fun,” Belknap said. “You have to keep it in perspective and know that you”re practicing to perform.”
Julie Bevan, the cellist, said that Schubert”s trio is one of the great trios and also the most difficult.
“The thing about Schubert is his lyricism,” Bevan said. “He wrote about 600 songs in the German language. He was a songwriter, so his other music reflects his lyricism. His music has brightness, energy and sparkle.”
The group will also perform the Trout Quintet with guest artists Claudine Bigelow, viola, and Eric Hansen, double bass.
“It”s not often that you get to hear the double bass in chamber music,” Bevan said. “These two pieces are quite different, because of the double bass. The whole texture of the piece is different.”
The performers encourage students to come to this performance and to come early.
“The free concerts here are really getting full,” Shumway said. “They”ve been turning lots of people away.”
Bevan said the students will get a unique experience from this performance.
“Come hear the greatest works of chamber music,” Bevan said. “It”s really enjoyable, charming music, light and bubbly. You”ll get to hear a different variation on the Trout song.”
Belknap reminds students that there is no price to hear this wonderful music.
“Just come,” Belknap said. “It”s a free date night.”