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World premiere of work to be presented by trio at Washburn

The Misceo Trio will present the world premiere of “Tropholingua,” by the young contemporary New York-based composer Jack Gulielmetti, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 at White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus. A reception will follow the concert.

In addition to the premiere piece, which is based on a series of watercolor paintings by Gary Joseph Cohen, the concert will include “Café Music,” by Paul Shoenfield and “Swing Shift,” by Kenji Bunch.

The performers will be violinist Kenya Patzer, of Topeka; cellist Joe Teeter, of Topeka; and pianist Shane Spangler, of Hiawatha.

For information, call 785.670.1511.

Misceo Trio Members

Kenya Patzer, violin

Kenya has performed across the United States and Russia as orchestral member, chamber musician and soloist. She began her violin studies at the age of 5 with Carolyn Sandquist and went on to study with Eleanor Allen and Tiberius Klausner. Kenya earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver and her Master of Music in Violin Performance from Rice University, where she studied with Ken Goldsmith and Raphael Fliegel. Kenya has performed with the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra since 2003 and is in her 13th year with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. Kenya is a former member of the National Repertory Orchestra and the American-Russian Young Artist’s Orchestra. She is a member of the In The Plains Chamber Music Festival in Fairview, Kan. Kenya also is a faculty member at Topeka High School and teaches both physics and orchestra. She also is a trained EMT and firefighter. 

Joe Teeter, cello 

Joe, 17, has been playing cello since the age of four. He began his studies with Suzuki instructor Carolyn Sandquist before studying with former Washburn University professor Dr. Steven Elisha and now Kansas City Symphony musician Lawrence Figg. In 2011 Joe was accepted as the youngest ever member into the Topeka Symphony Orchestra cello section; he also plays with the Kansas City Youth symphony, where he is principal cellist. In 2010, he won the Kansas City Youth Academy Orchestra’s concerto competition and performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations in Yardley Hall at JCCC with the orchestra. Last year, Joe was the string division winner and overall winner of the TSO’s Youth Talent Auditions and played the first movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the symphony in January of 2012 in White Concert Hall. He also won the Nebraska Spring Strings Festival’s competition and recorded Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C in March 2012. Recently, Joe competed in the first round of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Montreaux-Vevey, Switzerland. Joe has studied over the summer at the Soundfest Chamber Music Festival, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Kansas City String Quartet Program, Heartland Music Academy, Blanche Bryden Sunflower Music Academy, and most recently the Aspen Summer Music Festival and School, where he studied with renowned pedagogue Alan Harris. Joe will be featured on the NPR program “From the Top” with composer Jack Gulielmetti. Joe is a senior at Topeka High School and in his free time enjoys dancing at Topeka Ballet, teaching cello students and composing.

Shane Spangler, piano 

Shane grew up in Fairview, Kan. and began learning the piano at age 3 with his mother. He began formal lessons at age 7 with Kathleen Haag. Before his freshman year, Shane and his family moved to Branson, Mo., where Shane began to study piano with Luis Rojas, then pianist-in-residence at College of the Ozarks. He majored in piano performance at Washburn University, studying with James Rivers. He made his orchestral debut in 1998, soloing with the St. Joseph Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he moved to Boston to enter seminary and continued piano studies at New England Conservatory, where he studied with Sergey Schepkin. Currently, he studies with Karen Kushner, at the UMKC Conservatory in Kansas City. Shane has won honors and scholarships in competitions and festivals, including the Corpus Christi Young Artists’ Competition, the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition and the Sunflower Music Festival. A published composer, Spangler released his first CD of solo piano music, Home By Another Way, in 2003. He recently collaborated with cellist Samuel Cho on a Holiday-themed CD entitled Incarnation, which was released in 2011. Shane was ordained to the ministry in 2008 and is currently pastor of Fairview United Church of Christ in Fairview and Bethany United Church of Christ in Hiawatha. He is an active soloist and chamber musician.   

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 Dena Anson, university relations, 785.670.1711

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