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Feb. 27, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Southeastern Trio will give a concert Monday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The recital, which is open to the public without charge, will include "Trio" `Kegelstatt'" by Mozart, "Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale for clarinet and viola" by Rebecca Clarke and "Eight Pieces" by Max Bruch.

A highlight of the program is the Pennsylvania premiere of "Trio," the ensemble's first commission by New York composer Matthew Quayle.

"Quayle's music covers a wide range of genres, from orchestral pieces to music theatre comedy. This is his first composition for this combination of instruments, an engaging piece by a promising young composer," according to Deborah Andrus, founding member of the Trio and lecturer in music at Bucknell.

"We are very excited to present this concert and this premiere at Bucknell," she said.

The Southeastern Trio — Deborah Andrus, clarinet, Kenneth Boulton, piano, and Amy Leonard, viola — was founded in 2003 when all three members were on the faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University.

The Trio, which has performed concerts in Louisiana, Mississippi and Delaware, all have Pennsylvania connections. Deborah Andrus relocated to Bethlehem this year, Kenneth Boulton lived in Philadelphia for 10 years, and Amy Leonard grew up in Ardmore.

Andrus has played with orchestras, chamber groups and as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. She also serves on the faculties of Moravian College, Dickinson College, Susquehanna University and Lehigh University, where she is a member of the East Winds Quintet.

Assistant professor of music at Southeastern Louisiana University, Boulton has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Europe. His debut recording of Elie Siegmeister's major works for solo piano was released in 1999 on compact disc, garnering international critical acclaim.

A member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and a viola instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Leonard holds viola performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music.


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