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April 6: Kasota Piano Trio

Three faculty members to perform works of Beethoven and Schubert.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 3-19-2014

Mankato, Minn. -- On Sunday, April 6, the Kasota Piano Trio will perform works of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert in a program presentation that demands passion and virtuosity. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in Minnesota State University, Mankato's Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The Kasota Piano Trio consists of three Minnesota State Mankato Department of Music faculty members: Lydia Miller, violin; Joseph Rodgers, cello; and David Viscoli, piano.

The recital opens with Beethoven’s "Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 96." The piece was written in 1812 for one of Beethoven’s students, Archduke Rudolph Rainier of Austria. The work is described as the loveliest of his violin sonatas, with calm, ethereal beauty and is considered a virtuosic test for performers of the piece.

The last half of the recital features "Trio No. 1 in B-flat major for piano, violin, and cello, D. 898," written by Schubert in 1827. The composer finished the work in 1828, in the last year of his life. It was published in 1836 as "Opus 99," eight years after the composer's death. It is an unusually large-scale work for piano trio, taking around 40 minutes in total to perform.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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