SNHU Concert Series to Present Trio Klaritas Ensemble on Feb. 20

Monday, January 27, 2014
SNHU Communications Office

Manchester, NH (January 27, 2014) - Trio Klaritas, a Boston-based trio comprised of a violinist, cellist and pianist, will perform a program of chamber music with guest artist Kai-Yun Lu on clarinet at the Southern New Hampshire University Dining Center Banquet Hall on Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. The performance will feature Messiaen's masterwork The Quartet for the End of Time.

Trio Klaritas was formed in 2009 at Boston University, where the original members - Baekyu Kim on piano, Gracie Keith on cello, and Karl Ørvik on violin - were all doctoral candidates at the university's College of Fine Arts. In addition to their frequent appearances at concert series throughout New England, Trio Klaritas embarked on a 2010 concert tour of South Korea, where they performed at the National War Museum, Mozart Hall and Kangwon National University. Trio Klaritas continues to firmly establish themselves in Boston’s thriving chamber music scene through consistently energetic and engaging performances.

Members of Trio Klaritas are:

Baekyu Kim, piano, was acclaimed by the Journal News as "a promising pianist," and has impressed audiences with his unique artistry that is a blend of brilliant talent and superb musical training. After he won the "Special Presentation Award" from the Artists International Competition in 2008, he made his successful debut at Carnegie Hall in 2009, performing the world premiere of "Lutine" by American composer Richard Cornell.

Gracie Keith began playing the cello at the age of five. After her graduation from the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas, she attended Baylor University where she studied with Dr. Gary Hardie and received a Bachelor of Music in cello performance. While at Baylor, Gracie was a member of the Waco Symphony and taught at the Central Texas String Academy. Since moving to Boston, she has completed a Master of Music Performance from Boston University where she currently still resides, pursuing a Doctorate of Music Arts in the studio of Michael Reynolds.

Karl Ørvik, violin, has been featured in recitals throughout the United States, Canada, Norway and South Korea, and has performed as a guest artist at the Boston International Music Festival and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska. Mr. Ørvik is an experienced orchestral musician as well, appearing several times as a concerto soloist and concertmaster, and having performed in the violin sections of numerous orchestras, including the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Green Bay Symphony, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and the Erie Philharmonic.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

The Southern New Hampshire Concert Series is an engaging mix of traditional, classical and modern musical genres designed to appeal to individuals across generations and tastes. The annual program features nationally recognized artists and emerging talent of distinction.

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