GRANTSVILLE — Music at Penn Alps will present Karen Lau, cello; Brent Weber, saxophone; and Joseph Yungen, piano, in the Great Hall on July 20 at 7 p.m. 

The trio will perform an original composition commissioned by Music at Penn Alps as well as a program of classical and jazz repertoire.

Lau holds degrees from Sichuan Conservatory of Music and a doctor of musical arts degree in cello performance from the Catholic University of America. She held the rank of assistant professor at Sichuan Conservatory of Music from 2005-2009. Lau has performed at the Kennedy Center, NPR Studio, and the National Gallery of Art. In 2016, she founded the Frostburg State University Summer Music Academy.

Weber earned degrees in saxophone performance from Southern Oregon University and University of Georgia. He joined the faculty as assistant professor of saxophone at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and returned to the U.S. to pursue his doctorate in musical arts at the University of Georgia. He is active with the North American Saxophone Alliance and was part of the 2012 Naxos release Street Song featuring the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble.

Oregonian pianist Yungen has an active life as a concert pianist and instructor throughout the United States and abroad, having performed and taught in China as guest artist on numerous occasions. He has performed with the New Juilliard Ensemble and  cofounded and taught master classes for the New Jersey Young Artist Piano Competition. He joined FSU as a full-time music faculty member in 2016.

Yungen holds the doctor of musical arts degree from Juilliard School and master of music degrees in piano performance and literature and in accompanying and chamber music from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Jean Barr and Douglas Humpherys. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance at Southern Oregon University.

The original composition was written by the winner of the 2019 composition competition, Oliver Caplan.

The award-winning American composer’s works have been heard in more than 125 performances nationwide. He has been commissioned by the Atlanta Chamber Players, Bella Piano Trio, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, Columbia University Wind Ensemble and New Hampshire Master Chorale. 

Caplan is the artistic director of Juventas New Music Ensemble. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College and the Boston Conservatory, is a voting member of the Recording Academy and resides in Medford, Massachusetts.

The selection committee was comprised of Sean Beachy, commission administrator; Nancy Salmon, programming director; and Jean Miller, board of directors. Caplan was chosen from a field of 124 submissions.

Tickets will be available at the door, in the gift shop at Penn Alps Restaurant or online at www.musicatpennalps.org/tickets. Anyone 19 and under will be admitted free of charge. For additional information, contact Joe McDaniel, president of Music at Penn Alps, at 301-895-5801. 

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