The Concordia String Trio will present “Serenades and Such” at 7 p.m. March 16 at First-Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln. The program will include two premieres, and will begin and end with serenades.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Serenade in D Major” and Erno Dohnanyi’s “Serenade in C Major” are two of the great string trio masterworks. The other two pieces on the program are works by nationally recognized composers Tom Larson, assistant professor of composition in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music, and Andrew List, professor of composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. The trio will give the world premiere of Larson’s piece “Nine,” inspired by the song “The Perfect Drug” by Nine Inch Nails. List’s “Six Bagatelles” will be a Nebraska premiere. Both composers will be present for the performance.
Members of the Concordia String Trio are violinist Marcia Henry Liebenow, concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony and violinist on the faculty at Bradley University; Leslie Perna, viola professor at the University of Missouri and violist of the Esterhazy Quartet; and Karen Becker, cello professor at Nebraska and principal cellist of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra.
The trio explores and expands the eclectic repertoire of an underappreciated genre. It has been the resident ensemble at the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival and recorded an album titled “90s Timeflow – Chamber Music of Alan Schmitz.”
The performance is free and open to the public.