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BHSU to host Chamber Music Performance Sunday

Black Hills Chamber Trio Elizabeth Benusis, cellist; Coral White, violist; and Dr. Janeen Larsen, pianist- will host a music performance with special guests Clacie Neau (back left), percussionist; and Michelle Feiszli (not pictured), soprano; Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall on the Black Hills State University campus.

Black Hills State University will host a music performance by the Black Hills Chamber Trio with special guests Michelle Feiszli and Clacie Neu, Sunday, Jan.31, at 2:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall.

Soprano Michelle Feiszli and percussionist Clacie Neu will join trio members Elizabeth Benusis, cellist; Coral White, violinist; and Dr. Janeen Larsen, pianist, for a program entitled Winter and Spring. The concert features Vivaldi’s popular Winter and Spring from the Four Seasons.

Feiszli will perform songs by Handel as well as the beloved Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tango-inspired works by the Argentine composer Piazzolla will also be included in the program.

Benusis, principal cellist with the Black Hills Symphony, received a bachelor of music from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Cello Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. She has been a certified teacher in the South Dakota schools and currently teaches in a private studio.

White received her bachelor of arts degree from St. Olaf College. She has taught school orchestra, as well as private violin lessons, for the last 25 years. In addition to 30 years as Concertmaster with the Black Hills Symphony, she has performed in the St. Paul Symphony, Wyoming Symphony, Black Hills Chamber Orchestra, Black Hills Trio and the Black Hills String Quartet.

Larsen received her bachelor of arts from the University of South Florida, master of music from the University of Wisconsin, and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. She has performed throughout the region as both a classical and a jazz pianist. She is a professor of music at BHSU, where she also serves as chair of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts.

Neu, Rapid City, is a member of the Rochford Jazz Quartet. He performs with the Black Hills Symphony as well as community theater orchestras.

Feiszli is a member of the award-winning Dakota Voices, and also performs frequently as a soloist throughout the region.

The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted, for music scholarships.

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