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Concert features Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—Three area musicians will perform a concert of piano trios Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall at Hood College.

Violinist RoseAnn Markow Lester, cellist Denise Nathanson and pianist Noel Lester will present a program featuring Beethoven's trio in E-flat, Op. 1, No. 1; Mendelssohn's Variations Concertante in D Major; and Brahms's Trio in B Major, Op. 8.

The three musicians have performed together extensively since 1998. Markow Lester teaches violin and viola at Hood and directs the College's string ensemble. She has been the concertmistress of the Peabody chamber and symphony orchestras, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and, for a number of years, for Hood's performances of Handel's Messiah. She is the co-founder of Hood's Summer Chamber Music Festival and has performed in a variety of chamber and orchestral ensembles. She has recorded for Centaur, Koch International and RWYA Recordings.

Nathanson teaches cello at Washington College and is the performing arts coordinator for the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md. She also produces concerts for a number of venues on the Eastern Shore. She is formerly the principal cellist of the Summer Opera Theater in Washington, D.C. and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Hagerstown, Md., and was the associate principal cellist of the Roanoke and Annapolis symphony orchestras. She previously served on the faculties of Anne Arundel Community College, Frederick Community College and Hood College.

Lester is professor emeritus, concert manager and adjunct instructor of piano at Hood, where he was a professor for 38 years. He made his professional debut at the Baltimore Museum of Art and has subsequently enjoyed an international career as a concert artist, performing recitals and chamber music throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Lester is also the artistic director of the Maryland Concert Opera and Hood's Summer Chamber Music Festival, and he is director of music at Grace United Church of Christ in historic downtown Frederick. Lester has made 15 CD recordings for the Centaur, Elan, Koch, Sonora and RWYA labels.

The concert is free and no tickets are required. Brodbeck Music Hall is handicapped accessible.

For more information about the concert, contact Lester at (301) 696-3429.