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‘Trio Expressivo’ concert at Urbanna Baptist

“Trio Espressivo” will present a fall concert in C Minor at Urbanna Baptist Church on Watling Street on Sunday, November 2, at 4 p.m.

The trio features Linda Douglas on violin, Richard Clark on violoncello and Jill Witten on piano. They will perform Beethoven Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3, and Mendelssohn Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 66.

A reception will follow the concert. Guests are invited to attend and enjoy fellowship with the artists.

Linda Douglas grew up in a musical family and began playing the violin in the Fairfax County Public Schools when she was 9. She played with the Northern Virginia Youth Symphony and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra while in high school.  At the College of William and Mary, Douglas played in a string quartet.

Locally, Douglas has performed and sung with a variety of groups. She also has enjoyed attending and performing at music conferences.

A resident of Middlesex County, she has taught math and was coordinator of gifted programs for Middlesex County Public Schools for many years.  Currently, she is teaching math at Mathews High School.

Richard Clark is professor emeritus of radiology at UNC-Chapel Hill.  He grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y.  A graduate of Oberlin College (not the Conservatory!) and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he has been in Chapel Hill for 34 years.  He is principal cellist and vice president of the board of the Chapel Hill Philharmonia and performs frequently in local chamber music series and several local retirement communities.

Clark is a board member of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild and enjoys attending and performing at music conferences, which is how he had the good fortune to meet Jill Witten and Linda Douglas.  Now that he has retired from clinical responsibilities, he has more time for chamber music, farmsteading, woodworking and grandfathering.

Jill Witten received a BA degree in music from Smith College and a MA in piano performance from The American University, and has done extensive postgraduate study with Lily Dumont, Santiago Rodriguez and Brian Ganz.  She served on the faculty of Peabody Conservatory Preparatory Department and maintained a private piano studio for over 30 years. Her solo performances include appearances around Washington, D.C., and at the Cedardell summer festival in Massachusetts.  She has performed chamber music at Strathmore Hall in Maryland and in community concerts, and was an accompanist at the National Cathedral School for over a decade.

Witten currently resides in Manhattan where she plays chamber music and supports music causes such as “Music in ME,” which promotes peace through music in the Middle East, and “New Paths in Music,” which presents New York debuts of compositions of living foreign composers. She and her husband enjoy skiing, biking and hiking in the mountains of Vermont.

posted 10.23.2008

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