A trio of talented musicians will instruct as well as perform for the next concert of the Chamber Music Series of Greater Johnstown.

The Castalia Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St. in downtown Johnstown.

The trio is made up of Marylene Dosse on piano, James Lyon on violin and Kim Cook on cello.

All are professors of music at Penn State, where they have been artists in residence since 1991.

The Castalia Trio’s concert will include works by Franz Schubert and Maurice Ravel in two 30-minute sets with an intermission.

Throughout the concert, trio members will be in the teaching mode.

“Before each piece, the audience will get some history and background,” said Dr. Albert Mall, series organizer. “James Lyon is an interesting speaker.”

Before the concert, trio members will speak and answer questions in an educational program beginning at 7.

The preconcert program also might include a performance by master class students.

“High school students meet and perform a prepared piece for the musicians at a master class,” Mall explained. “The musicians help them with insight into technique.”

Mall added that a master class might be held in the afternoon before the concert if there is an interest.

Music teachers or music students interested in attending a master class should call Vicki Czarnek at 467-7943.

The trio takes its name from a mythic fountain on Mount Parnassus, which was sacred to the Muses and considered a source of poetic inspiration.

The group has performed in France, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, China and the United States.

Trio members have their own solo careers as well.

Cook has performed as a soloist throughout Europe, China, Latin America and the United States and has toured as an international artistic ambassador for the State Department.

Her cello choir at Penn State has become recognized for its performances and for hosting cello festivals.

Lyon graduated with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied chamber music with the Cleveland Quartet.

Lyon has performed as soloist with the National Conservatory Orchestra in Jordan, and his violin studio at Penn State has become one of the strongest in the state, and his students have won numerous prizes in solo competitions.

Dosse, a graduate of the Paris Conservatory with first prizes in piano and chamber music, has performed in Europe, Mexico, South America, North Africa, Japan and the United States.

She is a distinguished professor of music at Penn State.

On stage

What: Castalia Trio, presented by Chamber Music Series of Greater Johnstown.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

Tickets: $17.

Information: 467-7943 or 255-6292.

Recommended for you