Dvorak, Beethoven, Haydn performed by Bates, Bowdoin, Colby players

Musicians from Bates, Bowdoin and Colby colleges join forces to present Dvorak’s Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 65, and works by Haydn and Beethoven at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25, in Bates’ Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

The concert by pianist James Parakilas, violinist Mary Hunter and cellist Steve Witkin is open to the public at no cost. For more information, please contact 207-786-6135 or this olinarts@bates.edu.

Parakilas chairs the Bates music department. A piano student of Robert Miller, John Kirkpatrick and Leonard Seeber, he has given solo and chamber performances throughout Maine, including in the clarinet-violin-piano trio Penumbra and with the dancers Carol Dilley and Jill Eng.

Parakilas has also performed as soloist with the Bates College Orchestra, and coaches chamber music at Bates. He is the editor of the acclaimed social history “Piano Roles: 300 Years of Life with the Piano” (Yale University Press, 2000).

Hunter chairs the music department and coaches chamber musicians at Bowdoin. She studied violin at the Guildhall School of Music in London, and more recently with Rowan Smith and Eva Gruesser. She is a member of the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra.

Witkin is principal cellist with the Colby College Symphony Orchestra and former principal cellist of the Bach Chamber Orchestra of Milwaukee. He plays frequently throughout Maine, and has performed in orchestras and at chamber music recitals in Florida, New York and Italy. He studied with Kermit Moore, David Soyer, Lowell Creitz and George Sopkin. He is an ophthalmologist with Maine Eye Care Associates in Waterville.

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