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Helios Piano Trio to perform in Casper on Sunday

Helios Piano Trio (Courtesy)

The Helios Piano Trio will perform in Casper this Sunday.

According to a release from the Casper Chamber Music Society, the group comprised of faculty from the University of Wyoming’s music department and includes John Fadial on violin, Beth Vanderbourgh on cello and Chi-Chen Wu on piano.

They’ll perform works by French impressionistic composer Debussy.

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The performance is Sunday, April 7th at 4 p.m. at the Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church on 4600 South Poplar. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

The full program with bios on the artists is posted below:

Helios Piano Trio

John Fadial, violin

Beth Vanderborgh, cello 

Chi-Chen Wu, piano

Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor Claude Debussy 

Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto                      (1862-1918)

Sérénade: Modérément animé

Final: Animé, léger et nerveux

Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor Debussy

Allegro vivo

Intermède: Fantasque et léger

Finale: Très animé


Piano Trio in G major Debussy 

Andante con molto allegro

Scherzo. Moderato con allegro

Intermezzo. Andante espressivo

Finale. Appassionato

The dynamic Helios Piano Trio is comprised of artist faculty from the University of Wyoming. Their rich and diverse backgrounds as international performers and recording artists combine to produce probing, and passionate interpretations of the great repertoire for violin, cello and piano. From their first collaboration, they recognized that indescribable “spark”, and have never looked back.

John Fadial has appeared around the globe as chamber musician, concertmaster, and pedagogue. His performances have garnered critical acclaim “Sparkling Technique,” L’Est Republicain “Wow! Great Stuff,” The Washington Post. He has toured internationally as a US State Department Artistic Ambassador, and has served as Concertmaster of the North Carolina Opera, the Colorado Festival, ProMusica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (18 seasons), the Heidelberg Schloss-Spiele, and the Menuhin Festival Orchestra of Saumur, France. He is currently the Professor of Violin at the University of Wyoming and teaches at the Eastern Music Festival, where he has performed as Assistant Concertmaster of the Eastern Festival Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwarz since 1999. He has held violin professorships at Valdosta State University, West Virginia University and the University of North Carolina, and has served as Visiting Guest Artist at the Conservatoire National de Nancy; the Beifan University of Yinchuan, China; and the Conservatory of Oviedo, Spain.

A founding member of the Stanislas Sextet and the Helios Piano Trio, he also has performed in chamber music collaborations with: Laszlo Varga, Bela Davidovich, Garrick Ohlsson, Jon Nakamatsu, and Bernard Greenhouse, among others. His teachers have included Charles Castleman, Zoltan Szekely and Arnold Steinhardt.

Cellist BETH VANDERBORGH enjoys a rich and varied career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and pedagogue. She serves as Associate Professor of Cello at the University of Wyoming and as principal cellist of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the acclaimed Stanislas Sextet, based in Nancy, France, and tours regularly with Musica Harmonia and the Helios Trio. In the region, Dr. Vanderborgh performs with Pro Musica Colorado, the Colorado Chamber Players, Colorado Bach Ensemble and the Colorado Symphony. She has recorded for Naxos, BMI, Centaur and two CDs for Albany Records.  Strad Magazine described her Nölck recording as “lyrical and technically accomplished… eloquent and persuasive.”  Her most recent CD, featuring string sextets of Brahms  with the Stanislas Sextet was released on the European label Forgotten Records this year.  Dr. Vanderborgh holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Maryland where her teachers included David Soyer of the Guarneri Quartet, Evelyn Elsing, Steven Doane and David Geber.

Praised by World Journal, Chicago for her “amazing playing”, “symphonic, expansive texture of breathless virtuosity” (Historical Keyboard Society), and her Schumann performance, in which “the music comes to life in a new way” (Early Music America), pianist Chi-Chen Wu has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, the Aspen Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, and the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series, among others. Her concerts have been broadcast on NPR’s Simply Grand Concert Series and NPR-From The Top in Boston. Musicians and conductors with whom she has concertized include Karl-Heinz Steffens, Jonathan McPhee, Zuill Bailey, members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Takács String Quartet, musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as New York Philharmonic. American Record Guide chooses her recording of Schumann duo sonatas as one of the top recordings, and recommends its reader to “Stick with Kremer and Argerich (Nov/Dec 1987) or DiEugenio and Wu (Sept/Oct 2015) for more enthusiastic performances.”

Chi-Chen’s newest album of Schumann Fantasie and Carnaval has won a silver medal in the Global Music Awards. Her recording of the complete Schumann sonatas for piano and violin received two gold medals from the same competition. It was also named in the Top 10 “Best Classical Recordings of 2015” by The Big City, New York. She has recorded Haydn Lieder on a replica of Walter fortepiano with soprano Andrea Folan for Musica Omnia. Her recital and discussion on piano collaboration are featured on the DVD “Performing the Score” released in 2011. This year’s engagements include performances as soloists in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Wölfl’s Concerto No. 1, and chamber music concerts in Luxembourg, Spain, Taiwan, Michigan, and Boston. Chi-Chen is represented by Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates.