The Nova Trio in Concert at Baylor Sept. 11

Sept. 8, 1999

by Richard Veit

The Nova Trio, a San Antonio-based chamber music ensemble, will present a concert at Baylor University at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in Meadows Recital Hall. The Nova Trio consists of the flute, English horn, and guitar -- a unique blend of sounds that creates an intimate musical environment.

Their program will open with "Eclogues," a trio dating from 1966 by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

"Serenata," a 1996 work commissioned by The Nova Trio from San Antonio composer James Scott Balentine, will follow. It is in four movements: March, Ballade, Scherzo and Fugue, and Irish Dance.

Concluding the concert will be the Trio's most recent (1998) commissioned work, the Trio for Flute, English Horn, and Guitar by Ohio composer Richard Cioffari.

The Nova Trio's members--flutist Rita Linard, English hornist David Herbert, and guitarist Leslie Lyon--all serve on the faculties of San Antonio area universities. Herbert, a former Wacoan, earned his master of music degree from Baylor in 1971.

Other recent performances by The Nova Trio include appearances at the Festival of Texas Composers in 1997 at Lamar University, El Paso Museum of Art, University of Texas at El Paso, McNay Art Museum, Musicopia Chamber Music series in San Antonio, University of Texas at San Antonio and St. Mary's University.

This Baylor concert, which is a reprise of the Trio's August 11 performance at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Madison, Wisc., is free and open to the public. For more information, call 710-3991.

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