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Stellaria Trio presents 'Dark Horses' at Brandon Music this Saturday

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Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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The Stellaria Trio will perform “Dark Horses” at Brandon Music on Saturday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. Photo / Dave Yandell

Violinist Letitia Quante, cellist John Dunlop and pianist Claire Black present the new program “Dark Horses” at Brandon Music on Saturday, April 7. The trio will perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 6 in E-flat Major and Dvo?ák’s Piano Trio No. 3 in F Minor — two robust, delightful and yet lesser-known works.

In the fall of 2016, Quante, Dunlop and Black formed the Stellaria Trio to create, share and inspire through generous collaboration and the art of classical music performance. They drew their name from the Latin term for common chickweed, Stellaris Media. This curative herb stands for love and rejoining — a symbol of their devotion to chamber music and a perfect summary of their story.

Letitia Quante

Letitia Quante started violin with the Suzuki method. She studied with David Einfeldt at Hartt Music School and performed in Australia, Japan, Belgium, France, and Alice Tully and Carnegie Halls in New York. At age 11, she entered Juilliard pre-college, studying with Louise Behrend.  She also minored in conducting until she graduated at age 15. She worked as a violinist, was apprentice conductor to the N.Y. Youth Symphony, and completed her Suzuki teacher training at School for Strings. Resuming her studies at the Peabody Conservatory, Letitia completed her BMA with full scholarship, studying with Victor Danchenko. While living in Maryland, she played principal with Mid-Atlantic Symphony and assistant concertmaster with Lancaster Symphony, and concertized both as a soloist and chamber musician with other ensembles in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York.

Since moving to Vermont in 2012, Quante plays with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Middlebury Opera, Handel Society at Dartmouth, Vermont Contemporary Ensemble and Vermont Virtuosi. Quante plays on an 1840 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume on generous loan from Vermont Violins.

John Dunlop

John Dunlop has been performing in the Northeast for over 25 years as principal cellist with the Vermont Symphony, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera North, Vermont Mozart Festival, Vermont Virtuosi and the Green Mountain Opera Festival. He has performed as soloist with both the VSO and BCO, as well as many chamber music performances with notable area musicians. Dunlop is also the cellist with the fledgling new music ensemble TURN, which features many of the most interesting young composers of our time.

He studied under Richard Kapuscinski at Oberlin Conservatory and Bonnie Hampton at the San Francisco Conservatory, and has played in master classes for Yo Yo Ma, Jerry Grossman, Steve Doane and others. Dunlop has also composed and recorded several award-winning film soundtracks for short films, including a documentary on childhood hunger in Vermont. In addition to his teaching at Dartmouth, Dunlop teaches privately in Richmond.

Claire Black

A native of Long Lake, N.Y., pianist Claire Black resides in Charlotte. Black is an active performer of classical music in solo and collaborative settings, and has presented her programs throughout North America. Her deep interest in and commitment to chamber music synergize with her abundant experience, including many years of performance tours with the Cialde Quintet and with her cello-piano Elegua Duo. Her current chamber music endeavors include concerts with the Stellaria Trio and Vermont Virtuosi. She also freelances as an accompanist for vocal and instrumental soloists and for the Burlington Choral Society. 

Before moving to Vermont, Claire spent eight years in Cleveland, Ohio. There, she worked as a staff accompanist at Baldwin Wallace University and trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). She received a Master of Music degree in piano performance under the tutelage of Margarita Shevchenko.

Black is an avid educator and teaches players at all levels. She previously taught at the Oberlin Community Music School and at CIM’s Summer Sonata festival for young pianists. She also works in several administrative capacities, serving on the Vermont Music Teachers Association board as Competitive Auditions Chair, and as Bookings Coordinator for the Cathedral Arts Series in Burlington.

Saturday’s concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for an extra $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295, email [email protected] or visit brandon-music.net for more info.

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