SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Evangel University will host The Morgenstern Trio on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barnett Recital Hall, as part of its annual Artist Series.
The Morgenstern Trio, named after the German poet Christian Morgenstern, consists of Catherine Klipfel, pianist; Stephan Hempel, violinist; and Emanuel Wehese, cellist.
The ensemble will be performing the piano trios of Frank Bridge, Pierre Jalbert, Ilhan Baran and Maurice Ravel.
“The event will be an experience,” said Linda Ligate, professor emeritus of music. “The audience can expect an evening of dazzling artistry and musicianship.”
Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
The Recital Hall is located in the Barnett Fine Arts Center, which is just south of the Spence Chapel, facing Glenstone Ave.
About the Trio
The three musicians met during their studies in Germany.
After only two years of working together, the Morgenstern Trio emerged on the German music scene by being awarded many top prizes and awards, including the prestigious US Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Award, first prize at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, and they were selected by the ECHO (the European Concert Hall Organization) for the “Rising Star Series.”
Since then, the Trio has had major U.S. performances in venues such as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and Carnegie Hall in New York City, as well as European performances in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Stockholm and more.
“The Morgenstern Trio gave a smashing debut Thursday evening at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. In works by Ravel, Bernstein and Brahms, the group displayed a unanimity, polished technique and musical imagination that I thought had vanished from the scene with the demise of the Beaux Arts Trio.” — Washington Post
Several high quality videos of The Morgenstern Trio are available for viewing on their website.
The Department of Music at Evangel University offers majors in music education, music performance, music business, recording technology and worship leadership. The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the Missouri Association of Departments & Schools of Music.
For more information, contact the Music Department at (417) 865-2811, ext. 7212.