Jan. 16, 2008
The Morningside Trio, an ensemble comprised of Morningside College faculty, will perform a concert on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue.
The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
The members of the Morningside Trio are pianist Michele Grossman, artistic coordinator for the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music at Morningside; violinist Eunho Kim, an adjunct faculty member at Morningside; and cellist Joseph Shufro, associate professor of music at Morningside College.
The Morningside Trio, which made its debut in last December’s Christmas at Morningside program, will present its first full concert during the Jan. 24 performance. The program will include Felix Mendelssohn’s “Trio No. 1 in D Minor,” which Shufro calls one of the most significant and best-loved works in the entire chamber repertoire.
“It is a monumental work with soaring melodies, brilliant passagework, and emotional intensity,” Shufro said.
Other selections on the program are Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Trio in G Major,” a piece known for its “Hungarian Rondo” finale, and Paul Schoenfield’s “Café Music,” a contemporary piece with a “ragtime” flavor.
Shufro has been a member of Morningside’s faculty since 1977. He is the principal cellist for the Sioux City Symphony and has served as conductor of the Siouxland Youth Symphony since 1991. He is a former member of Trio da Capo in Montreal and of the Canadian Chamber Ensemble based in Thunder Bay. He founded the Morningside Camerata, which toured the United Kingdom and Ireland last May. Shufro holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio and a master’s degree from the University of Texas.
Aside from being the artistic coordinator for the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music, Grossman also teaches piano for the academy and is a member of Morningside’s adjunct faculty. Grossman is an active musician with a wide range of experience as a recitalist, chamber musician, and accompanist who has performed across the United States and in Europe and Asia. She received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
Kim, originally from Seoul, South Korea, is the concertmaster of the Sioux City Symphony. She serves on the faculty at Morningside, the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music, Northwestern College, and Dordt College. Before moving to Sioux City, Kim played regularly with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Sorg Opera Orchestra, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Kim earned her bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University and holds a master’s degree and a doctor of musical arts degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.