From New York to Brazil: An Evening of Chamber Music

January 23, 2013

Jacobsen Series concert presents Schoenfield, Jalbert, Clarke, Brahms

TACOMA, Wash. – A musical voyage through time and across continents is the promise of An Evening of Chamber Music, the next Jacobsen Series concert, to be held on the evening of Friday, Feb. 1.

The 7:30 p.m. public concert, featuring Tanya Stambuk, piano; Maria Sampen, violin; guest artist Mara Gearman, viola; and guest artist Kevin Krentz, cello, will be held in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Ticket information is below.

Stambuk, professor of piano at University of Puget Sound, says the evening’s selection of music will be exciting for the audience and players alike.

“We will transport our audience to Brazil and the dark streets of New York with Four Souvenirs by Paul Schoenfield,” she said. “Following this will be a short thrill ride with Pierre Jalbert’s Dual Velocity, and a lush post-Romantic sonata by Rebecca Clarke.

“The first half of the program will highlight a solo string instrument with piano. The second half will feature the well-known Brahms Piano Quartet in g minor, with its energetic and propulsive gypsy dance rhythms.” The program includes:

Paul Schoenfield: Four Souvenirs for Violin and Piano (1989)
Pierre Jalbert: Dual Velocity, for piano and cello (1998)
Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano (1919)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet in g minor, Opus 25 (1861)

Tanya Stambuk is professor of piano in the School of Music at Puget Sound and a member of the Finisterra Piano Trio. She has appeared internationally as a guest soloist with prominent orchestras, as well as performing in the United States and Europe, and on radio and television. She recorded the piano works of Norman Dello Joio, and won the international piano competition at the Auditório Nacional Carlos Alberto in Portugal.

Maria Sampen, associate professor and director of strings at Puget Sound, has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras across the United States, and as a chamber musician in Europe, Asia, and North America. She is a member of The IRIS Orchestra and Brave New Works, and is on the violin faculty at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina. She is in demand as a performer of both standard and experimental works, and frequently collaborates with leading composers.

Mara Gearman, viola, is a member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and teaches at Cornish College of the Arts. She regularly performs at the Olympic, Methow, and Eastern music festivals; has won awards at the Primrose and Lionel Tertis international viola competitions; and has been a soloist with the Cascade Symphony and New Symphony orchestras.

Kevin Krentz, cello, is a member of the Finisterra Piano Trio, artist-in-residence at the Phoenix Series in New York, and director of chamber music for The Seasons Fall Festival in Yakima, Wash. He has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Austria, Italy, Canada, and Great Britain as a recitalist and soloist.

The Jacobsen Series, named in honor of Leonard Jacobsen, former chair of the piano department at Puget Sound, has been running since 1984. The Jacobsen Series Scholarship Fund awards annual music scholarships to outstanding student performers and scholars. The fund is sustained entirely by season subscribers and ticket sales

FOR TICKETS order online at, or call Wheelock Information Center at 253.879.6013 to purchase with a credit card. Admission is $12.50 for the general public; $8.50 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. The concert is free for current Puget Sound students. Group ticket rates are available for parties of 10 or more by calling 253.879.3555 in advance. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

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Photo on page: Salsa dancing, a dance form popular in Brazil, that is playfully interpreted in the Schoenfield piece to be played on the night.

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