Trio to bring Puget sound to Highline

By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter

The Puget Sound Piano Trio will be making an appearance on campus to perform a collection of classical chamber music on Feb. 16.

The performance will be led by Dr. Tanya Stambuk, a pianist and the head of the Piano Division of the School of Music at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, who has played at Highline once before. Performing with her will be Maria Sampen, the associate professor of Violin, on the violin and Alistair MacRae, an active chamber musician, on the cello.

"The three of us are passionate about our art. We are excited to share it with others, and have a deep love and respect for what we do. We love performing but most of all, we love having the chance to meet and communicate with audiences from all over the world," said Sampen.

"They're very high-level musicians, so there will be some pretty stunning music to watch," said Dr. Ben Thomas, music professor at Highline.

The students can go up and ask them questions about how they've gotten to where they are after the show, Dr. Thomas said. If somebody wanted to pursue a career in performance, in music education or were just curious about something, the trio can certainly answer their questions.

"Music has the power to change lives. You never know when and how a performance might affect someone in your audience," said Sampen. Even if only one person leaves the room with a renewed sense of hope or beauty then you've done a great service."

"Being face-to-face with really great people making music at that high caliber is inspiring for students, it's inspiring for all of us," said Dr. Thomas.

Students can expect performances of both classical compositions and contemporary music, he said.

The ensemble will be performing in Building 7 on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 12:15 p.m. The performance is free of charge and open to anyone.

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