Aspen Ensemble performs a rich repertoire of chamber music at Wisconsin Lutheran College

January 9, 2007

MILWAUKEE - The Aspen Ensemble brings its unique and exciting chamber music performance to the Wisconsin Lutheran College Classic Series Friday, January 26 at 8 p.m. in the Schwan Concert Hall. The group consists of David Perry, violin; Victoria Chiang, violist; Michael Mermagen, cellist; Nadine Asin, flute; and Rita Sloan, piano. All of the musicians are from the famed Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. In the 50-plus year history of the festival, this ensemble is the first group formed from its resident artists.

The upcoming concert will feature "Trois Aquarelles for flute, violin, cello and piano" by Philippe Gaubert; "Serenade, Op. 25 for flute, violin and viola" by Ludwig van Beethoven; "Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26" by Johannes Brahms; and "Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello" by Gideon Klein. The String Trio was written by Klein in Terezin, a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia in 1944. It was his last work. In October 1944, he was deported to Auschwitz and died in January 1945.

Perry is first violinist with the Pro Arte Quartet, serves as concertmaster of the Aspen Chamber Symphony and Symphony II of Chicago, is artist-in-residence and professor of violin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and serves on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival.

Chiang has collaborated as guest artist with the Guarneri, Takacs, Tokyo and American String Quartets. She is on the faculty of both the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Aspen Music Festival.

Mermagen debuted with the Baltimore Symphony at age 16. He is currently principal cellist of the Aspen Chamber Symphony and is on the faculty of both Catholic University and the Aspen Music Festival.

Asin is on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival, where she is principle flutist of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. She has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Sloan is a member of the piano faculties at the University of Maryland and the Aspen Music Festival. She has performed for New York's Bargemusic, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series.

The Aspen Ensemble performance is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board. The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $25 general, $22 seniors and $10 students. To purchase tickets, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit

Since 1996, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Center for Arts and Performance has been providing a comprehensive program of performing and visual arts and educational and community events for students and the people of southeastern Wisconsin.