Faculty collaborate to deliver ‘thought provoking music’

Stephanie Bachman

Staff Writer


A trio of IUP professors is putting on its first faculty recital from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Monday in Gorell Recital Hall.

Dr. Sun Min Kim, Dr. Linda Jennings and Dr. Stanley Chepaitis make up the trio. Kim plays piano, Jennings plays cello and Chepaitis plays violin. The recital is free and open to the public.

They will be performing a piano trio composed by Dmitri Shostakovich, as well as other pieces for piano and string instruments.

Additionally, the recital will include an original work by Chepaitis titled “De Profundis.”

Chepaitis elaborated on his original piece. “De Profundis is based on the Gregorian chant melody of that name,” he said. “The piece takes the ancient melody and recasts it in updated musical language, including sections based on the blues.”

Shostakovich wrote the music during World War II. The piece is a broad range of musical commentary related to issues and events of that era.

The trio will be performing the same pieces when the professors do recruitment tours later in the semester.

Chepaitis explained why the specific pieces were selected for the performance, and why IUP students should attend the recital.

“We chose these pieces
because we thought they would be interesting and enjoyable for an IUP audience,” he said, “and also because they lend themselves well to presentation in recruitment tours that we will undertake later in the semester.

“Students should attend in order to hear some great and thought-provoking music and also to see and hear their faculty collaborating in performance mode,” Chepaitis said.