An afternoon of chamber music brings undergraduates out of the concert hall

Four undergraduate groups in the Chamber Music program in the Duke University Department of Music performed at the home of Michael and Elizabeth Schoenfeld on October 20. The afternoon concert included the Sanren Trio (Sanna Symer violin; Wallace Peaslee, cello; Courtney Danzler, piano), Devil's Chamber (Miryam Rudolph, oboe; Albert Sun, clarinet; Rebecca Eneyni, flute; Yajur Sriraman, French horn; Caroline Tan, bassoon) and Liscio Trio (Jenny Huang, violin; Dylan Cai, cello; Qi Xuan Khoo, piano) performing works by Beethoven, Arensky, and Gordon Jacob.

Viris Poem (Lizzy Kramer, flute; Andrew Waggoner, violin; Qintian Zhang, viola; Maya Suzuki, piano; Arya Krishnan, piano) also performed three improvised pieces for the occasion.  The improvisation section of Chamber Music, taught by composer Andrew Waggoner, is a new offering in Fall 2019, as the Music Department continually strives to expand the opportunities for students to explore a wide variety of musical pathways.

Michael Schoenfeld, Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations at Duke University, and his wife open their home for several concerts each year, giving undergraduate musicians the opportunity to perform off campus in a relaxed setting. "Elizabeth and I are delighted to host these concerts so that students have the experience of performing for each other, through friends and members of the Duke community who share their love for chamber music,” Schoenfeld says.