A COUPLE OF COMPOSERS

A COUPLE OF COMPOSERS

Sylvia Gray & Viktors Berstis

Sat, Jan 26 • 7:30 pm
15 guests • $75

Robert and Clara Schumann are regarded as the most brilliant, gifted, troubled, and unique couple in the history of classical music.  In this engaging presentation by the Classical Beauties (pianist Sylvia Gray, violinist Stacey Minkoff, and cellist Martha Pressler) you’ll experience their genius in two piano trios — one by Robert and one by Clara.  Come for the music, but stay for the delicious appetizers and wine in this lovely contemporary home just south of the Eastmoreland Golf Course.

Photo from left to right: Sylvia Gray, Stacey Minkoff, Martha Pressler

More about the Artists

Sylvia Gray, a History faculty member at Portland Community College, pursues music as an avocation. Sylvia often performs at Vie de Boheme Winery and has taught piano, played for weddings and receptions, and accompanied soloists for over 25 years. She participated in the Van Cliburn Fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. She has presented a number of performances on Amy Beach and Fanny Mendelssohn and has composed and performed art songs to poetry by local poets. Most recently she can be heard performing with a violin-cello-piano trio, the Classical Beauties. She studies with Dr. Susan DeWitt Smith.

Martha Pressler‘s passion for playing chamber music has been a lifelong pursuit, while also working professionally in the field of gerontology and teaching music to young children. Although she has taken advantage of many professional playing opportunities, she considers herself an amateur in the true sense of the word, a lover of cello and especially chamber music for strings. She currently is on the board of ACMP, the Chamber Music Network, and is the cellist in the Classical Beauties piano trio in Portland, Oregon.

Stacey Minkoff has loved the violin and performed on it for most of her life—while also variously designing jewelry and costumes for movies and Legoland, managing offices, running “Stringworks,” which supplied violins, violas, and cellos to school districts, and adjudicating for the California Certificate of Merit in violin and viola for the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC). Besides her more classical instruments, she has also played the mandolin and classical baritone ukulele for the last five years. Look for her classical ukulele albums on iTunes and CD Baby: Meet the Baroqueleles and A Baroquelele Christmas. The Baroqueleles were featured at the SoCal Ukulele festival.

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