St. Michael Trio To Jazz Up The Classics In Concert At UVU
October 11, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson
Written by: Janessa McNeill
On Thursday, Oct. 24, Utah Valley University will host renowned musical group St. Michael Trio, who will mix it up in a fun, interesting, accessible concert that will fuse Beethoven and blues, Rachmaninoff and rock.
Violinist Daniel Cher, cellist Michel Flexer and pianist Russell Hancock will take the stage of the Science Building auditorium at 7:30 p.m. to give Utah Valley residents a taste of their innovative, eclectic musical styling.
“We are delighted to welcome St. Michael Trio to UVU,” said Newell Dayley, dean of the School of the Arts. “They are unique in that all the members are accomplished professional musicians who perform regularly and at the same time maintain businesses in Silicon Valley.”
Cher is a medical doctor who designs and implements clinical trials for Bay Area medical device companies, while Flexer is a software engineer and serial entrepreneur. Hancock is president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley.
All have impressive musical experience. Cher won the undergraduate music prize at Stanford University and his concerto appearances include the Orchestra New England and the New Haven Symphony. Flexer performed throughout his youth with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and while a student at Harvard he studied with Bernard Greenhouse at the New England Conservatory. Hancock has appeared as concerto soloist with symphonies throughout the United States. He also teaches public policy at Stanford University.
“They demonstrate a close relationship between the arts, business and the STEM disciplines, and they also demonstrate that high accomplishment in the arts prepares people to accomplish other things at a high level,” Dayley said.
Established in 2007 in Palo Alto, Calif., the trio has come to be known as a Silicon Valley sensation. In 2008, the group was named artists-in-residence at Menlo College, and two years later named affiliated artists at Notre Dame de Namur University and anchors in the Villa Chamber Series at the Montalvo Arts Center. In 2012 the group partnered with Stanford University and sold out their “informances,” performances exploring classical composers and music.
The trio will hold an informance at UVU at 2 p.m. on Oct. 25 in GT 507.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit uvu.edu/arts.