SLU's Classic Winter Concert

January 22, 2007

Classical Sounds Ring Out At Saint Leo University’s Winter Concert

SAINT LEO, FLA. – The classical sounds of composers Ludwig van Beethoven, Igor Stravinski, and Felix Mendelssohn will ring out at Saint Leo University in Selby Auditorium on Tuesday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. The classical winter concert will be performed by a trio of pianist Christopher Cooley, violinist Judith Lee, and cellist Tess Remy-Schumacher. The event, sponsored by community philanthropists Richard and Jinx Behnke, is free and open to the public. For directions and more information, please call (352) 588-8572.

SLU's Classic Winter Concert “This concert, part of our ongoing University Concert Series, is a wonderful way for the local community to experience Saint Leo University and attendance is standing room only,' said June Hammond, D.M., associate professor of music. “As a liberal arts institution, Saint Leo understands the important role that the arts play in the community.'

The program for the concert includes pieces from all three composers. The music of Beethoven will include Sonata in D Major for Cello and Piano: “Allegro con Brio,' “Adagio con molto Sentimento d’Affecto,' and “Allegro Fugato.' The Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano composed by Stravinski includes the Introduction, Serenade, Tarantella, Gavotte with two variations, Scherzino and Menuet and Finale. The Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello in D Minor, op.49, by Mendelssohn includes “Molto Allegro Agitato,' “Andante con moto Tranquillo,' “Scherso – Leggiero e Vivace,' and Finale “Allegro Assai Appassionato.'

Tampa native Christopher Cooley, Ph.D., who has played the piano since the age of seven, has performed with the University of Texas Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Florida and internationally in Italy, Germany, Austria, England, Russia, Japan, and Korea. Violinist Judith Lee is on the faculty of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., and performs solo chamber music with orchestras in the northeast. Fulbright Scholar and cellist Tess Remy-Schumacher, Ph.D. has played in Italy, Germany, Asia, Australia, Europe, and throughout the United States.