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The Rose Trio blossoms on stage

Rose Trio members Sarah Wallin Huff, Irene Shiao and Danielle Rosaria Cummins get in a quick rehearsal before their show in Morgan Auditorium on Friday. The Rose Trio has a wide repertoire, ranging from Delius and Debussy to Vivaldi and Bach. / photo by Ryan Gann

Rose Trio members Sarah Wallin Huff, Irene Shiao and Danielle Rosaria Cummins get in a quick rehearsal before their show in Morgan Auditorium on Friday. The Rose Trio has a wide repertoire, ranging from Delius and Debussy to Vivaldi and Bach. / photo by Ryan Gann

Erica Maurice
Staff Writer

The Rose Trio filled Morgan Auditorium with melodic music Nov. 8.

The trio consists of three violinists: Sarah Wallin Huff, Irene Shiao and adjunct professor of music Danielle Cummins.

“Having three violins play by themselves in a trio like this is unusual,” Huff said.

The pieces performed included a Renaissance inspired piece and a waltz.

The Rose Trio got its name because when the three members first performed together they went out drinking afterward to celebrate and had a bottle of rose wine.

“We were asked to perform as backup violinists and we just really liked each others sound,” said Huff.

Though only three songs were played, the performance was about an hour long due to the songs having multiple parts.

“I’ve been playing 23 years,” Huff said. “I also play in some other bands and a few symphonies.”

The first piece, “Sopa la lamatica” by 17th century Italian composer Biagio Marini, was upbeat, like it was meant for dancing at a festival or a ball.

The second piece, “Counter­point Invariable,” was composed by Huff.

“Creating ‘Counterpoint’ was just a nerdy moment for me,” Huff said, “it was brainy.”

Huff was just working on different patterns that could go together and once she had that down she just rolled with it and let the music flow.

“I liked Marini’s song more. Sarah’s song kind of made me doze off a little,” freshman biology major Miranda O’Neal said. “I guess I like older music.”

The last song performed was “Seranade 8” by Ludwig von Beethoven.

Originally composed for the viola, the violin and the cello, Huff rewrote it to work for three violins.

“I am really happy how the Beethoven piece worked out,” said Huff. “We have only been working on it for a short amount of time.”

“This is a great hall for this type of music,” professor of music Kathleen Lamkin said. “I hope more people come out to these things.”

Erica Maurice can be reached at erica.maurice@laverne.edu.

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