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Baltimore Composers Forum presents Sound Connections
Sat, 04/21/12 (1471 days ago)  
From: 07:30 PM To: 09:00 PM  
Location: An die Musik Live
The Baltimore Composers Forum presents Sound Connections

Pre-concert lecture at 7 PM

$12 General admission $8 Students

An exciting evening of music of 10 area composers will be presented by the Trio Giocoso and pianist Ruth Rose.


Trio Giocoso (Nicholas Currie, violin; Adam Gonzalez, cello; Diana Greene, piano
1."Could You Dream What I Dream" for violin and piano by Garth Baxter
2."Three Sketches for solo violin" by Anthony Randolph
2."Between Entwines" for violin and piano by Gabriel Riccio and Sophia Uddin
4."Journey With a Wayfaring Stranger" for cello and piano by Hillary Kruh
5."Work in Progress" for full trio by Philip Ravita
6."Suspension of Disbelief" for full trio by Keith Kramer

Ruth Rose, Solo Piano
1. Tomb of the Naiads by Jin-Hwa Choi
2.Resistance by Garth Baxter
3.Three Ritual Etudes by Mark Williams
4.Mirror by Ariyo Shahry


Ruth Rose is a pianist whose repertoire ranges from the Baroque and Romantic to the contemporary. Her playing has been praised by the international press for her "truly memorable performance", "blooming romanticism ... a deep, warm sound ... rich interpretations ... and a smooth singing quality." She has performed extensively in recital, with orchestra and as a chamber musician throughout Europe, the United States and South America, appearing at prestigious venues like Merkin Hall, American University, the San Diego Repertory Theater and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and soloed with such ensembles as the Chamber Orchestra of Florida and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Peru. Ms Rose is also a committed performer of contemporary music, and many composers have dedicated pieces to her. She is a founding member of the renowned "Concerten tot en met" contemporary series in Amsterdam, and has performed with the Contemporary Music Forum at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC. She is also a frequent collaborator with the In Series. A graduate of the Peabody conservatory and based in Washington DC since 2003, Ruth Rose was born in Peru. She has been a faculty member of the Washington Conservatory, and is an active board member of the Washington Music Teachers Association. Her CD "Spanish and Latin American piano music" has been released on the Americus label.


Trio Giocoso is the blithe and serendipitous convergence of long-time colleagues Nicholas Currie (violin), Adam Gonzalez (cello), and Diana Greene (piano) to convey to audiences the playful musical conversation that is the true nature of chamber music. Formed in 2005, Trio Giocoso brings their joyous, energetic approach to chamber music in a variety of venues throughout the Baltimore-Washington area.

Appearances have included performances on the Music for a New Space series in Towson, MD, the Springfield Presbyterian Church Music Series, Sound on Sound II for the Baltimore Composers Forum, and the recital series at Scott Center for Performing Arts in Westminster, MD. The Trio presented the world premiere of Garth Baxter’s “From the Headwaters” in 2010.

Trio Giocoso members also appear regularly as violin/piano duo and cello/piano duo. In 2010 Nicholas and Diana produced the recording “Brahms, Beethoven, Kreisler” at Acacia Studios. Playing both classical and newly composed repertoire, it is Trio Giocoso’s vision to continue sharing with audiences of all ages, in concert and educational venues, the delightful spirit and experience of chamber music.


Nicholas Currie, violin, is Concertmaster of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Associate Concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony, Associate Concertmaster of Concert Artists of Baltimore, and former Principal Second of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra. Nicholas performed as a soloist with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, the Londontown Symphony and with Concert Artists of Baltimore. He also performed chamber music with the Mariner String Quartet, the Cueto Quartet, the Melos Ensemble with clarinetist Gervaise de Payer, and The Principals of Concert Artists Quartet.

Nicholas is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, as a student of the late Berl Senofsky, and also attended Illinois State University studying with Bernard Eichen of the Beaux Arts Quartet. His schooling included a summer in Fontainbleau, France at the American Conservatory.


Adam Gonzalez, cellist, currently performs with the Azimuth String Quartet and Trio Giocoso. He is a veteran of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, and the Mexico City Philharmonic. His commercial recording work has included music for the History Channel and National Geographic.

Adam has taught at Georgetown University (DC) and Montgomery College (MD), and was Director of Instrumental Music at the Waldorf School in Baltimore. He currently teaches Music Appreciation at Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD and maintains a cello studio at Frederick Community College in Frederick, MD. He also teaches in his home studio near Kensington, MD.

He is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and has an M.A. in cello performance from Boston University (MA). When not teaching or performing, Adam can be found on board his 29-foot sailboat, Mystique.


Diana Greene, pianist, is an active performer, accompanist, and music instructor with expertise in piano instruction and early childhood music. Diana received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Wheaton College where she studied with Reginald Gerig. She then completed her Master of Music, also in Piano Performance at The University of North Texas, studying with Tong-il Han. Other teachers include Carola Grindea of the London Guildhall School of Music and Mary Sauer of DePaul University and the Chicago Symphony.

Diana has performed throughout the US, Canada, and England with appearances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Warwick Cathedral. She was managing director for May Music in Charlotte, NC and Chamber Music at St. Peter’s where she also performed with Charlotte Symphony principle cellist, Alan Black.

Most recently, Diana served on the faculty at Gerstell Academy as the music instructor for the primary grades and also as music director and accompanist for the Children’s Chorus of Carroll County. She currently resides in Sussex County, NJ with her husband Allan.

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