This concert was originally scheduled for Jan. 24 but was rescheduled when a winter storm closed New York City and didn’t allow the musicians to travel. It is the last concert in the 2015-16 Friends of Good Music concert series. All tickets issued for the original date will be honored.
Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, PROJECT Trio musicians have made an impact on audiences of all ages. Bursting onto the scene with its landmark videos, right out of the Internet generation, PROJECT Trio is a musical experience defining a new level of entertainment.
Gramophone Magazine singled out the group as “an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between,” while The Wall Street Journal hailed the Trio for its “wide appeal, subversive humor and first-rate playing.” The New York Times has called beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo “the best in the world at what he does.”
The Trio was forged out of a collective desire to draw new and diverse audiences by performing high-energy, top-quality music. Using social media to broaden its reach beyond the concert stage and classroom, the Trio has its own YouTube channel, which has more than 80 million views and 96,000 subscribers, making PROJECT Trio one of the most watched instrumental ensembles on the Internet.
Double bassist Peter Seymour has performed with many highly acclaimed artists and ensembles, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New World Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York City Ballet, and the Colorado Music Festival. He was the recipient of the Downbeat Magazine Award for Best Jazz Soloist and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove and Bobby McFerrin.
Since the inception of PROJECT Trio, Seymour has taken on many roles, including CEO, manager, and community engagement director. He is always active writing music for the Trio. His compositions include two pieces for trio and orchestra: “Dr. Nick” and an arrangement of Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.” Seymour received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a master’s degree in bass performance from Rice University.
Greg Pattillo is recognized throughout the world for his redefinition of the flute sound. His groundbreaking performance videos on YouTube, showcasing “beatbox flute,” have been viewed more then 50 million times. As an internationally acclaimed performer, educator, and clinician, Pattillo can be found both on the concert stage and on the streets, subways, and parks, sharing and preaching his sound.
After earning his master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Pattillo found work as at the acting principal flute of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and became a founding member of the Collaborative Arts Insurgency in San Francisco.
An exceptionally versatile cellist, Eric Stephenson’s style ranges from classical to jazz to rock and folk. He has performed with numerous orchestras such as the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, Tenn., and the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. Stephenson was also a regular substitute for the Cleveland Orchestra.
He earned his bachelor and master of music degrees with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music and was a recipient of the Ellis A. Feiman Award in Cello while a student of Stephen Geber.
As a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, he served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Aspen Festival Orchestra from 1999-2004. He has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colo. In 2006, Stephenson moved to New York City. He has performed with countless ensembles though spends most of his time performing with PROJECT Trio, an ensemble he co-founded. Composing and recording is a huge part of his life. He has engineered and mixed two full-length PROJECT Trio albums and premiered two works for trio and orchestra.
This performance is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant program with support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.
Individual ticket prices for the concert are $20 at full price, $16 for senior citizens and St. Bonaventure employees, and $5 for students.
For all Friends of Good Music performances, Quick Center galleries will open one hour before the performance and remain open throughout intermission.
Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
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