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New Pacific Trio performing Feb. 6

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New Pacific Trio performing Feb. 6

The New Pacific Trio

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POSTED January 28, 2010 3:01 a.m.
Manteca Kindred Arts Concert Association will present the fourth concert on its 23rd anniversary season with the New Pacific Trio, a faculty piano trio in residence at the University of the Pacific, during a concert Saturday, Feb. 6, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

The ensemble’s personnel are: Concert violinist Ann Miller, Grammy-nominated cellist, Nina Flyer, and award winning pianist, Sonia Leong. The group has performed throughout the west coast with a featured performance in Guadalajara, Mexico, in March 2009. They were awarded the Barlow Grant in 2006 to commission eminent composer Chen Yi’s first piano Trio, ‘Tibetan Tunes’. They have performed frequently on the Composer’s Inc. series in San Francisco. Critics have hailed the group for its passion, dexterity and its infectious musical vivacity.

The New Pacific Trio, in residence at the Conservatory of Music, is quickly gaining recognition throughout the United States.

The trio has given concerts and master classes throughout the West Coast. An active advocate of new music, the trio was awarded a Barlow Grant in 2006 to commission eminent composer Chen Yi’s first piano trio, Tibetan Tunes, published by Theodore Presser. In addition, the trio has premiered works by Allan Crossman (Icarus), Jorge Liderman (Suite del Sur; Sidwalk recorded on Albany Records), Derek Jacobs (Trio No. 2), and Francois Rose (Gently, Wild Rose Petals) and has performed frequently on the Composers, Inc. series in San Francisco.

Critics have hailed the New Pacific Trio for its “passion and dexterity” and its “infectious musical vivacity,” saying “the audience...roared its approval.”

Violinist Ann Miller joined the faculty of the University of the Pacific in September of 2008 as an assistant professor of music. A proponent of new music, Ms. Miller made her New York debut as a soloist with the New Juilliard Ensemble in Alicee Tully Hall in the North American premiere of David Matthews’ Concerto No. 2. She has performed with the ensemble Continuum in venues throughout New York City, Mongolia, and Ukraine. In addition, Ms. Miller recently performed in Switzerland under the direction of Pierre Boulez during an exchange program between Juilliard and the Lucerne Festival Academy.
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