Visiting piano trio to perform Thursday, March 28

SarasvatiTrioThe Sarasvati Trio will give a performance on Marshall University’s Huntington campus at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in Smith Recital Hall, said Dr. Henning Vauth, assistant professor of piano at Marshall.

The concert will include a performance of a trio by American composer Jennifer Higdon, written in 2003.

“I met Dr. Christine Kefferstan, the pianist of the Sarasvati Trio, through the West Virginia Music Teachers Association, in which both of us are very active,” Vauth said. “I invited her and her trio, because here in West Virginia we have some exceptional musicians  and it’s wonderful to show off this fact.”

In addition to Kefferstan, the trio includes violinist Margaret Cooper and cellist Susan Bestul.

Kefferstan will teach a master class for Vauth’s students at 2 p.m. Thursday, also in Smith Recital Hall.

“Visiting artists are crucial for the development of our students,” Vauth said. “In guest artist concerts the students hear new repertoire and are exposed to a high level of professionalism and the prickling atmosphere of live performances. In guest artist master classes, the students benefit from looking at challenges from different angles – each teacher has her/his own unique way of problem-solving.”

Both events are free and open to the public. For further information, contact the School of Music and Theatre at 304-696-3117.


Photo:  Cellist Susan Bestul (above), violinist Margaret Cooper (left) and pianist Dr. Christine Kefferstan, who make up the Sarasvati Trio, will give a concert in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall University’s Huntington campus at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28.