The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will present the second concert of its 2002-2003 chamber music series, "Wolfie and the Gang," performed by the Kegelstatt Trio, on Feb. 8.
The trio consists of pianist Elizabeth Azcona-Hartmark, clarinetist Tom Benjamin and violinist Rebecca Henry. Guest cellist is Dan Levitov. The four are colleagues at Peabody Institute in Baltimore.
Azcona-Hartmark began playing piano at age 4. She received degrees from Eastman School of Music, Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College of Music in London. She is a frequent accompanist in the Baltimore area and is a former member of the Alexandrian Trio.
Benjamin has composed works for all instruments, including concertos for violin, viola and piano, orchestral pieces, operas, chamber and choral music.
Thirty-five of his pieces have been published. He has also published two books and co-authored three music theory texts. An active performer and choral conductor, Benjamin has just retired from teaching theory and composition at Peabody Institute, but consults there and teaches part time.
Henry has taught violin pedagogy at Peabody since 1987. She directs several string groups and is principal violinist in the Columbia Musica Camerata. She is also an accomplished violist.
Levitov is finishing a doctorate of musical arts at the City University of New York.
The cellist is a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has played with the Jupiter Symphony and the Manhattan Virtuosi. This is his first time performing with the Kegelstatt Trio.
The informal concert will feature selections by "Wolfie and the Gang" -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Beethoven, Piston and Milhaud -- as well as the premiere of Diversions (version two), a work by Benjamin. The trio will enliven the program with commentary and humor.
Tickets are available in advance for $10; $8 for students. An additional $2 will be charged for tickets purchased at the door. Patron tickets, which support the series, are $25.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way.