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Rosalie Piano Trio brings taste of the classics to Tech

April 19, 2018

 

IAN GONZALES

Staff Reporter | iqg001@latech.edu

 

Performers Paul Christopher, Chialing Hsieh and Roman Carranza

 

Louisiana Tech students got to experience a small taste of classical music from the Rosalie Piano Trio.

 

The Louisiana Tech Guitar Studio hosted the event April 10 in Howard Hall. The recital was free and open for the public and showcased some of the works of revered composers such as Franz Joseph Haydn, Dmitri Shostakovich and Erich Korngold. All of this was presented by a trio of local talents.

 

The recital was organized by Cain Budds, an associate professor of music and head of string area at Tech, and the department of music in collaboration with the music department at Northwestern State University.

 

“We have had it in the books for about six or four months,” Budds said. “We plan a date, they get the program together and show up, I make the announcements and put up the posters and here it is.”

 

Budds also mentioned upcoming performances that are being put on by the department of music in the month of April. Many of these events will be solo recitals showcasing musicians fromTech and their musical talents. At the end of the month, a faculty recital will be put on at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston.

 

The event attracted several students, including Zach Fussell, a sophomore accounting major, came to the event because of his music appreciation class.

 

Despite coming for a class, Fussell said he was entertained by the pieces played that night. His favorite songs performed were Haydn’s “Trio in B flat major, H. XV No. 38” and Shostakovich’s “Trio No. 1 in C minor, Opus 8.”

 

The trio of performers are locals of Northern Louisiana. Cellist Paul Christopher, assistant professor of music at NSU, was joined by pianist Chialing Hsieh, assistant professor of music and collaborative piano at NSU, and violist Roman Carranza, a freelance string teacher in Caddo Parish.

 

“I really liked all the pieces,” Christopher said. “I enjoyed working will all of my colleagues, the whole thing was a great experience all the way around.”

 

Christopher has played the cello since he was 11 years old. Since then he has participated in several recitals across the country and even around the globe. He has been a long time member of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and other local orchestras such as South Arkansas Symphony and Rapides Symphony.

 

For those interested in learning how to play the pieces played that night or other pieces similar, Christopher offers some advice.

 

“You want to make sure you get a good teacher so you get set up correctly,” he said. “You have to practice. Nobody can change the fact it’s work but it’s enjoyable work.”

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