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American Piano Quintet at the Howard

Date: September 12, 2012
Phone: 269-471-3560

Representing Canada, Germany, Korea and the United States, the highly acclaimed musicians of the American Piano Quintet represent today’s American cultural landscape. Their performance at the Howard Performing Arts Center at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, features works by Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvoák, and the quintet’s very own Rudolf Haken.

Andrews UniversityDepartment of Music faculty, Canadian violinist Carla Trynchuk and Korean-born pianist Chi Yong Yun, are the two local residents in the ensemble. Violinist RudolfHaken is on the music faculty of the University of Illinois. Renee Skerik is a professor of viola at Texas Tech University and is also the violist of Botticelli String Quartet. Cellist Jeffrey Lastrapes is a former faculty member of Oklahoma State University and most recently released a recording of sonatas by Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

The program consists of three works of music, beginning with Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms. Rudolf Haken’s composition is the second piece, entitled Tao Suite. This piece isbased on the writings of Lao Tsu, 6th century BC. It features a five-stringviolin, cello and piano. Following an intermission, the quintet performs Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 by Antonin Dvoák.

Ticketsfor American Piano Quintet can be purchased by calling the Howard Performing Arts Center box office at 269-471-3560 or 888-467-6442. General admission tickets are $10, faculty and staff tickets are $5 and student tickets are free of charge. Special rates apply for groups and Flex Series tickets. General Admission priced tickets are available online at Learn more by visiting

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