Posted: Thursday, January 31st 2013 at 4:17pm
Leaptrott Trio performs with new Steinway at Brenau next week
GAINESVILLE - When Brenau University music professor and pianist Ben Leaptrott accompanies cellist Charae Krueger and violinist Kenn Wagner at a concert Tuesday night, Feb. 5, another “performer” will debut on the stage at historic Pearce Auditorium: a brand new Steinway & Sons concert grand piano.
The concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Brenau leased the piano to kick-start its ongoing fundraising effort to become an “All-Steinway School,” and the Ben Leaptrott Trio will introduce the piano to the audience.
“There’s so much more you can do with this instrument that we couldn’t do with the other piano,” Leaptrott said. “With so many more possibilities, it’s a very exciting time for the music department.”
The trio, formed last year during a faculty concert, also will perform with “guest” artists during the concert. Sopranos Barbara Steinhaus, chair of the Brenau Department of Music, and Jan Grissom, and adjunct professor, will sing arias. The trio also will collaborate with violinist Yang-Yoon Kim and bassist Doug Sommer for the “Trout Quintet,” Quintet in A major, D. 667, by Franz Schubert.
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