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Rosé Trio thrills with original score

The violin group the Rosé Trio performs May 3 in Morgan Auditorium. The group was formed in 2011 by violinists Irene Shiao, Sarah Wallin Huff and Danielle Cummins, together with pianist Masako Okamura Klassen. The performance included several classical pieces as well as original compositions. They have performed at several schools including La Verne, Mt. San Antonio College and Cal State San Bernardino. / photo by Chelsea Knight

The violin group the Rosé Trio performs May 3 in Morgan Auditorium. The group was formed in 2011 by violinists Irene Shiao, Sarah Wallin Huff and Danielle Cummins, together with pianist Masako Okamura Klassen. The performance included several classical pieces as well as original compositions. They have performed at several schools including La Verne, Mt. San Antonio College and Cal State San Bernardino. / photo by Chelsea Knight

Kat Simonelli
Staff Writer

The gentle tune of violins and piano treated a small audience as the Rosé Trio performed a short concert on May 3 in Morgan Auditorium.

The trio is made up of the three violinists: Sarah Wallin Huff, Irene Shiao and adjunct professor Danielle Rosaria Cummins and was officially formed two years ago after a faculty performance in the Campus Center.

“I think it was interesting seeing just the violins and the piano rather than the whole orchestra since I just came from another concert with a full orchestra on Sunday,” junior biology major Estefania Gomez said.

“I find classical music a little bit difficult, but I did really enjoy this performance,” she said .

Some of the pieces the trio performed included: “Selections from Sonata Prima,” “Suite for Three Violins, Op. 133,” “Angel’s Landing,” and they were joined by pianist Masako Okamura Klassen for the last few pieces including, “Suite for Two Violins and Piano in G Minor, Op. 71,” “Allegro energico,” “Allegro Moderato,” “Lento Assai” and “Molto Vivace” which was arranged by Wallin Huff.

Many of the pieces sounded much like their titles suggested, as most of them were named after the different tempos that the music is meant to be played.

Although it came off to a slow start. “Allegro energico” which literally means to play energetically and lively, was fast paced and full of positive energy that was brought out by the performers.

“By far my favorite part of the concert was the ‘Solitude’ piece by Danielle Cummins because I thought it was really beautiful,” Arcadia resident Jim Nahas said. “Her other piece ‘Water and Sun’ was also amazing.”

“Angel’s Landing” was composed by the trio’s own Cummins and the group performed it in front of a live audience for the first time on Friday.

“It’s quite an exciting feeling to put your own piece out there for people to listen to,” Cummins said.

“Most composers would tell you that it’s a pretty intense feeing when you finally present your piece to a live audience and you get to see what works and what doesn’t, with the live audience you get to hear it from their perspective.”

The composition included pieces entitled “Water and Sun,” “The Storm,” “Solitude” and “Adagio-Allegro Vivace.”

“Angel’s Landing” was a hit with most of the crowd and gathered the most applause at the end of the piece.

“I liked “Angel’s Landing” because it really correlated with the title and I could have a better picture of what was going on and what was intended,” Gomez said.

“I also think that some of the sounds that were coming from the violin almost sounded human, like a person was singing it, so I think that’s why I liked it best.” Gomez said.

Though the audience was small, they were made up of a few students and locals who came out to support the group’s concert.

“It is such a great opportunity to see local performances that are really professional and well done,” Nahas said. “I would have expected to see this kind of a concert with a lot more people in a bigger venue.”

“I like classical music and especially music like this so it was a great opportunity for some very cheap entertainment in such a nice venue,” Nahas said.

Kat Simonelli can be reached at kathryn.simonelli@laverne.edu.

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