Chamber concert will offer close-knit family ensemble

Sunday series to feature noted Gemini Piano Trio

January 16, 2003

The Sundays at Three chamber music series will present the Gemini Piano Trio on Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

The Howard County-based trio is one of the few professional family chamber groups. Violinist Sheng-Tsung Wang and pianist Hsiu-Hui Wang are brother and sister, and cellist Benjamin Myers and Hsiu-Hui Wang are married.

Hsiu-Hui and Sheng-Tsung Wang began playing together the first day he began studying the violin. Myers and Hsiu-Hui Wang met on the first day of their freshman year at the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music; they married in 1998.

"We can read each other's minds and anticipate every move," said Hsiu-Hui Wang. "We're blessed with this opportunity to play together."

Since the trio's formation in 1994, it has won several chamber music competitions, including the Baltimore Chamber Music Award and the Yellow Springs National Chamber Music competition. The group's debut album was released in 2000; another is planned to be released this spring.

All three are members of the music faculty at Howard Community College. In addition, Hsiu-Hui Wang is on the faculty at Goucher College, and her brother teaches at the Peabody Institute Preparatory Division.

Gemini Piano Trio's members are accomplished soloists who have performed abroad and at prestigious U. S. venues such as the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall and Carnegie Hall.

The trio's first performance for the Sundays at Three series will include works by Haydn, Francaix and Mendelssohn.

Tickets are $15; students ages 18 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available at the door.

Information: 410-381-3240.

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