LAYTON— Experience some homegrown music.
The Davis Arts Chamber Concert Series is kicking off the new year with “Up and Away with Sundance Trio,” set for tonight, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Alpine Church just off of Hillfield Road in Layton. The Utah-based Sundance Trio commissioned the piece from Alyssa Morris, a composer and Layton native, and premiered it in New York last year. Admission to the concert is free, and everyone over the age of 4 is welcome.
“They are exceptionally talented musicians who seem to have broken through the mere performance of music into the world of thoughtful artistry and craft,” wrote American Record Guide of the trio.
The Sundance Trio is based at Brigham Young University, and both oboist Geralyn Giovannetti and bassoonist Christian Smith are professors at the school. Giovannetti is also a member of the award-winning Canadian quintet, Essex Winds, and Smith plays with the Orchestra at Temple Square and as a studio musician.
The third member, Jed Moss, is a collaborative and concert pianist that performs regularly in duo and chamber music concerts at colleges and universities across the U.S. He has also performed as the featured artist with orchestras in the Czech Republic, Uruguay, Washington, DC, Texas, Idaho, Utah and California.
Morris, a mother of two, is currently a DMA student at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, studying oboe performance with Dr. Mark Ostoich. She has been commissioned to write music for music groups at schools around the U.S., Carolyn Hove (who plays English horn for the L.A. Philharmonic), a consortium of bassoonists from around the world, and more.
To listen to “Up and Away,” as well as other compositions by Morris, visit alyssamorrismusic.com/Compositions.html.
The trio commissioned the piece, which is a three-movement, 15 minute long work that tells the story of a balloon in flight. They have also recorded the work for their third CD, though no release date has been announced. The group tours internationally, having performed several concerts in Ireland this past fall.
In addition to “Up and Away,” the trio will also perform Francis Poulenc’s 1926 “Trio.” Described as “sparkling” by the L.A. Philharmonic, the three-movement piece has a pastorale feel through the last two movements. They’ll also perform another piece with the same name, a jazz-influenced work by Colorado composer Bill Douglas.
Alpine Church is located at 254 W. 2675 North in Layton. This is the sixth year for the concert series, which is sponsored by the Davis Arts Council, and is held every month at the church from October to May. For a complete list of concert dates and monthly themes, visit davisarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2015-16_ChamberSeries_eBrochure.pdf.