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Live from the library

A chamber series offers music to study by

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  • Story by Nancy Moen
  • Photo by Carole Patterson
  • Published: Dec. 1, 2008
Leslie Perna

Violist Leslie Perna, an MU School of Music professor, performs with MU Professor Steven Geibel, Siri Heglund Geenan and Maria Trevor Duhova Dec. 3 in Ellis Library as part of the Chamber Music at Noon series.

Set aside your headphones because the music is live in Ellis Library, where visitors may sample occasional hour-long concerts in the elegant atmosphere of the library Colonnade.

Chamber Music at Noon offers the free, informal performances by School of Music faculty and students as well as guest artists. The first performance of the continuing series is Dec. 3; monthly concerts are scheduled February through April in spring semester 2009 and October through December of the fall semester.

Chamber music works best for the library-listening experience, according to Shannon Cary, MU Libraries communications officer. Cary says the sedate instrumental music is calming and non-disruptive for readers and researchers who need to concentrate.

The collaboration of sound and study pleases music school Director Rob Shay and MU Libraries Director Jim Cogswell. “One of my goals is to get faculty and students out performing in nontraditional venues on campus and in the community. I see it as both service and a kind of musical advocacy,” Shay says.

The library’s public address system precedes each concert by identifying quiet spaces for those who may require them; however, few people seek the silence, Cary says. Patrons of the ground floor Bookmark Café are able to hear the concerts there, or they may carry appropriately covered drink containers into the Colonnade.

School of Music faculty members Darry Dolezal and Peter Miyamoto coordinate the concerts.

Chamber Music at Noon

Dec. 3, 2008
Colonnade, Ellis Library

  • Fantasia for violin and harp, Op. 124, by Camille Saint-Saens
    Siri Geenan, violin; Maria Trevor Duhova, harp
  • Sonata for flute, viola and harp, by Claude Debussy
    Steve Geibel, flute; Leslie Perna, viola; Maria Trevor Duhova, harp

Meet the musicians

Guest artist Siri Heglund Geenan of Columbia teaches Suzuki violin. She is concertmaster of the Columbia Civic Orchestra and a violinist with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. She has played violin with the Spoletto Festival Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Central City Opera Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic and Greeley Philharmonic.

Guest artist Maria Trevor Duhova, a native of the Slovak Republic, plays solo and chamber music and teaches privately in the Columbia area. She performs regularly with the Columbia Civic Orchestra, University Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. From 1996 to 1999, Duholva was principal harpist of the Bohuslay Martinu Philharmonic (Czech Republic) with which she toured through several European countries. 

Steven Geibel, associate professor of flute, is a founding member of the Missouri Quintet, an MU faculty ensemble-in-residence, which made its Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1989 and performs nationally and internationally. The quintet’s third compact disc recording was released in 2001. Geigel performs on the Baroque flute and the modern flute.

Leslie Perna, professor of viola and chamber music, has worked as a teacher, performer and recording artist across the Americas, Europe and Asia. She is violist of the Esterhazy Quartet, an MU faculty ensemble-in-residence, and of the Concordia String Trio, renowned for its performances of standard and neglected repertoire as well as commissions of new music.

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