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Connecticut College chamber music concert presents drama-inspired works

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Connecticut College music department will present a chamber music concert featuring faculty Tom Labadorf and Anthea Kreston Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cummings Art Center, Evans Recital Hall, on the Connecticut College campus. Labadorf and Kreston will be joined by pianist Annette Shapiro to present a program of drama-inspired works.

Temptation is the theme of the first half, which begins with Dan Welcher's "Dante Dances" for clarinet and piano, a piece that comically integrates ballroom dance themes with Boccaccio's classic story of Dante's decent into Hell. The temptation of fame and fortune is symbolized by Kreston's violin in Stravinsky's "A Soldier's Tale." The second half features Labadorf in an unaccompanied work by Shulamit Ran called "Monologue for Clarinet" and concludes with Bela Bartok's "Contrasts," performed by all three musicians.

Labadorf has performed under the batons of such notable conductors as Aaron Copland, Karel Husa, Pierre Boulez and David Zinman and recently completed a 24-year career with the United States Coast Guard Band performing solos in concerts across the United States. Kreston has enjoyed worldwide acclaim as a soloist and member of the Amelia Trio. Shapiro has been a member of the Hop River Chamber Players since 1981, and continues to freelance as an accompanist and in chamber-music performances at the University of Connecticut and throughout the eastern Connecticut and Hartford areas.

Admission is $10, $5 for students and senior citizens. A reception will follow the performance.

About Connecticut College

Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college's 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning.

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February 6, 2009