Trillium and Friends to perform March 3, composer to attend concert and hold presentation

Trillium and Friends to perform March 3, composer to attend concert and hold presentation

Jan. 24, 2018

The Division of Fine Arts of Maryville College will present Trillium and Friends at 7 p.m. on Sat., March 3, 2018 in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall of the Clayton Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

The first half of the program will be a collaboration with soprano and MC alumna April Martin ’08. She will sing Leonard Bernstein’s “Simple Song” from his Mass; “Yes” from In Sleep the World is Yours by Lori Laitman; and selections from Voices from the Village by Jon Jeffrey Grier. “Yes” will be accompanied by oboe (Marina Jeffe) and piano.

After an intermission, Martin will sing Franz Schubert’s song “Die Forelle” (The Trout), which will introduce a performance of Schubert’s “Trout Quintet” for piano, violin, viola, cello and bass. Also performing with Trillium are Shelley Armer and Dan Thompson.

Composer Grier will attend the performance of his songs, which will be accompanied by piano trio. Grier also will hold a presentation for students and community members at 2 p.m. on Fri., March 2 in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. During the presentation, which is free and open to the public, Grier will discuss his music, and Martin and Trillium member Robert Bonham will discuss other selections that are on the March 3 recital program. 

Soprano April Martin is guest soloist

Praised for her "infinitely pleasing soprano" by KC Metropolis, April Martin is at home on both the operatic and concert stage. She returned to the Bar Harbor Music Festival in July 2017 to debut Norina in Donizetti's comic opera, Don Pasquale. For that role, Nan Lincoln of the Mount Desert Islander wrote, Ms. Martin’s “thrilling soprano cut through the heavy air in the theater, carving out her lilting trills and glissandos with the precision of a ruby laser.” 

She is an Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera and stars in the Bar Harbor Music Festival Annual Opera Gala. In May 2017, she completed her time as a resident artist with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, where she made role debuts as the "flirtatious Barbarina" in Le nozze di Figaro, and "maximized a brief moment as a rather insouciant Dew Fairy to excellent effect" (Kansas City Star) in Hänsel und Gretel. Other recent highlights include Kitty Hart in Dead Man Walking, Governess in The Turn of the Screw and an American Art Song Recital.

A 2008 graduate of Maryville College, Martin has been a featured soloist with the Mendelssohn Glee Club of NYC for its December concert in 2014 and again for its 150th Anniversary Gala, which was performed in Merkin Hall in May 2016. As an apprentice with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, she performed Frasquita (Carmen) and 2nd Wood Sprite (Rusalka). With the Aspen Music Festival, she performed Niece 1 (Peter Grimes) and as an apprentice with Central City Opera (2015) she performed Antonia (Man of La Mancha). She won at the district level in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition in 2014. For more information, visit her website: https://www.aprilmartinsoprano.com/

Composer Jon Jeffrey Grier to attend performance, hold public presentation

Composer Jon Jeffrey Grier will attend the Trillium and Friends concert on March 3, which will include selections from Grier’s Voices from the Village. Grier also will hold a presentation for students and community members at 2 p.m. on Fri., March 2 in the Clayton Center’s Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. During the presentation, which is free and open to the public, Grier will discuss his music, and Martin and Trillium member Robert Bonham will discuss other selections that are on the March 3 recital program.

Grier holds a D.M.A. in composition from the University of South Carolina and since 1988 has been instructor of music theory, music history, and Composer in Residence at the Greenville Fine Arts Center, where he was voted Teacher of the Year for 1994-95, 2004-05 and 2012-2013. He composes frequently for student and faculty performers at the FAC.

Grier was the 2009 winner of the Rapido! Composition Contest sponsored by the Atlanta Chamber Players and in 2004-05 he received a fellowship from the Surdna Foundation. He has received grants and commissions from the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Greenville County Youth Orchestra, the Michigan Music Teachers Association, the American Composers Forum, and the Alliance for Quality Education; his works have been performed by the Kandinsky Trio, the Ceruti Quartet, the Aurelia Trio, the Ritz Chamber Players, Sounds New, Conversant, and the Greenville Symphony, to name a few. He has also been a writer/keyboardist with various jazz ensembles in Greenville since 1984. For more information, visit his website: http://www.newertunes.com/index.php  

Guest performers include Armer, Jaffe and Thompson

Shelley Armer, violist, is an avid chamber, orchestral, new music performer and teacher based in Knoxville, Tenn. She received a bachelor of music in viola performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and a master of music in viola performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she was the teaching assistant for Hillary Herndon.

Marina Jaffe, oboist, is a circulation manager with the Maryville College Library. She studied oboe at the Oberlin Conservatory and has performed locally with the Knoxville, Oak Ridge and Kingsport Symphony Orchestras.

A native of Knoxville, Dan Thompson, bassist, is a graduate of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. He is a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and maintains a full-time teaching schedule, including director of orchestras for West Valley Middle School in Knoxville.

Trillium trio now in its fourth year

Trillium, a piano trio, was founded in 2014 and has enjoyed enthusiastic audiences from Maryland to North Dakota. The members of the trio are:

Alison Maerker Garner, violinist, has performed throughout the U.S. and South America. She teaches using a variety of modalities (Suzuki, Kodaly and Dalcroze) and has been published in a variety of journals. Her book series, Musical Minds, introduces students to music in the context of all the arts.

Alicia Randisi-Hooker, cellist, has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Her students have won prizes, scholarships and competitions both nationally and internationally. Believing that music can educate the whole child, enriching whole lifetimes, she also spends countless hours in community outreach to advocate for music education and chamber music performance. 

Robert Bonham, pianist, is professor emeritus from Maryville College and a recipient of the Maryville College Outstanding Teacher Award. He presents a variety of workshops nationally to enhance wellness and performance, and also enjoys leading groups to explore India or sail on a catamaran on the Greek seas.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2017 semester is 1,181.