Wayne State College


Trio Mezzklarno: Drs. Farr, Miller-Niles, and Kolbeck

  • April 24, 2020
  • 7:30 pm
  • Ley Theatre, Brandenburg Education Building

Featuring WSC music professors Drs. Sarah Farr, Angela Miller-Niles, and Karl Kolbeck. Livestreamed from campus.

Sarah Farr, Angela Miller-Niles, and Karl Kolbeck

Escape into the beauty and wonder of lost love and enduring love with a live stream performance by Trio Mezzklarno. 

Trio Mezzklarno is a faculty chamber ensemble in residence at WSC. Members include Dr. Sarah Farr, mezzo-soprano, Dr. Karl Kolbeck, clarinet, and Dr. Angela Miller-Niles, piano. Repertoire embraces works by living Midwestern composers. "What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why" and "A Red, Red Rose," were written specifically for the trio. The ensemble will premiere both selections for this concert.

Kurt Knecht of Kansas City, Mo., composed the tender and haunting "What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why." The commission was made possible by a grant from WSC. The composition beautifully reflects the 1920 poem by Edna St. Vincent Milay. 

WSC associate professor Dr. Matthew Haakenson composed "A Red, Red Rose." This song lyrically depicts profound love as described in the 1794 Robert Burns poem. Dr. Haakenson’s original compositions often premiere during WSC choral and faculty recital performances.

"Along the River," by Rick Sowash of Cincinnati, Ohio, draws on poetry from James Joyce’s Chamber Music, first published in 1907. This selection exploits the distinct timbres of each instrument in charming, and often unexpected, combination.

Committed to performing original works and adaptations, the ensemble represents a unique combination of timbres. Trio Mezzklarno initiated multiple commissions in an effort to expand repertoire for voice, clarinet, and piano. The ensemble was slated to perform at Clarinetfest 2020, sponsored by the International Clarinet Association, which was canceled due to national concerns regarding COVID-19.

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