Peabody Trio to perform at Glenelg Country School


The Peabody Trio's appearance tomorrow for the Glenelg Country School Concert Series can be viewed as a second chance to commemorate the Peabody Institute's centennial.

The works scheduled are the same as those performed Wednesday at the Peabody Institute's 100th anniversary celebration: Haydn's Trio in A Major, Stephen Coxe's Piano Trio, and Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio in B-flat, opus 97.

Mr. Coxe's work was commissioned to celebrate the centennial.

The Peabody Trio, winner of the 1989 Naumberg Chamber Music Award, consists of pianist Seth Knopp; his wife, violinist Violaine Melancon; and cellist Tanya Tomkins, who joined the group last month.

The trio grew out of the Knopp-Melancon Duo, which the couple formed in 1983. Three years later, the Peabody Trio was created in San Francisco.

In 1987, the trio began full-time residence at the Peabody Institute, where the three members are on the faculty. The trio is also one of two resident ensembles at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass.

Performances at Glenelg County School, a Howard County tradition for 19 years, take place in the 224-year-old Manor


"It's a candlelight concert in which the audience sits around tables of six and eight with finger foods, linen, wine and soda," said Rayna Woodford, coordinator of the series and music teacher at the middle school. "It's really more atmosphere than food."

This year's series has featured the Stellium Wind Quintet and has scheduled saxophonist James Cunningham for March 12.

He was the first saxophonist at the Peabody Conservatory to be awarded the artist diploma.

Ms. Woodford's decision to invite the Peabody Trio came from patrons.

"They were recommended to us by our following. We have people that have patronized these concerts from the beginning," she said.

The concerts blur the line between stage and audience, offering performers the opportunity to play casually.

"It is more intimate. Many performers would talk between works to the audience," Ms. Woodford said.

The Peabody Trio will perform at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Manor House at Glenelg Country School, 12793 Folly Quarter Road near Glenelg.

Tickets are $12. Information: Rayna Woodford, 531-2229.

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