Claremont Trio to Perform in Carl Broman Concert Series at Mary Baldwin

October 11, 2001

The Claremont Trio will perform in Mary Baldwin University’s 2001-2002 Carl Broman Concert series, Wednesday, October 24, at 8 p.m. in the Francis Auditorium, located in the Pearce Science Center at the corner of Coalter and Frederick streets in Staunton. The program will include works by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Ellen Taaffee Zwilich, and Felix Mendelssohn. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets can be purchased at the Bookstack or at the door the night of the concert.

Twin sisters Emily and Julia Bruskin first played together with Donna Kwong as a trio in New Mexico in 1999 at the Taos School of Music. The Trio has since performed in New York at Steinway Hall, Columbia University, and The Juilliard School, and played the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Lake George Chamber Orchestra. During the summer of 2001, the Claremont Trio participated in the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshops at Carnegie Hall and gave a recital for the Princeton Summer Chamber Concerts.

Emily Bruskin, violinist, began studying violin at the age of four. She is currently a student in the double degree program at The Juilliard School and Columbia University, majoring in violin and neuroscience.

Julia Bruskin, cellist, at the age of seventeen made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra after winning their Young Arts Competition. Currently, she is enrolled in the double degree program at Juilliard and Columbia, majoring in cello and Eastern European History.

A native of Vancouver, Donna Kwong began her piano studies at the age of seven. She began to win national recognition at the age of nine, winning top prizes and honors. She received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School.

The chamber music series is named for Dr. Carl W. Broman, who served on the Mary Baldwin University faculty from 1935 to 1976. During that time, Dr. Broman built one of the strongest undergraduate music programs in the Mid-Atlantic States.

For more information about this year’s Broman Concert Series, please contact Dr. Robert Allen at (540) 887-7294.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women – the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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