Trillium to present spring concert March 2

Trillium to present spring concert March 2

Jan. 31, 2019 

The Maryville College Division of Fine Arts will present the Trillium Piano Trio on Sat., March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The program will feature two trios by living American composers.

William Buelow wrote Columbine (2016) to celebrate the lives of the children lost at the Columbine High School and to bring comfort to those who have suffered the loss of loved ones. It ends with the hymn “It is well with my soul.” Buelow, Professor Emeritus of Marietta College, Ohio, served as chair of the Music Department. He is renowned as a distinguished educator, composer and concert pianist.

“Oriental and Galop,” the Second Piano Trio (1980) by Rick Sowash, a native of the Cincinnati region of Ohio, is a rollicking composition that combines touches of Gershwin-like blues, quasi-Arabian modes, Jerome Kern’s ballad style, polkas and fight songs, and Sousa marches and hints of Romanian rhapsodies.

Beethoven’s magnificent Kreutzer Sonata for violin and piano will also be featured during the concert.

Founded in January of 2014, Trillium, an ensemble of strings and piano, has engaged numerous audiences with its expressive interpretations at the heart of the piano trio literature, in addition to performances of quartets and quintets. The ensemble enjoys collaborating with other artists such as a recent performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ song cycle On Wenlock Edge with John Wesley Wright and Village Voices by Jon Grier (who attended the performance) with April Martin. Trillium was featured on the Performing Arts Series of the University of Jamestown, North Dakota. Trillium’s concerts for civic groups such as Sunday Soiree Series, Knoxville’s AARP Chapter, Maryville College, and artist-in-residence workshops and concert performances in Virginia at Community Cello Works “Cello-Fest” and Salisbury University, Maryland, have garnered high praise for their passionate commitment to the music, and resulted in return invitations. A recent concert in Knoxville received this review: “Trillium is a very accomplished chamber music ensemble of a high order. … Any Trillium concert is worth far more than the price of admission.”

The members of the trio are Alison Maerker Garner, violin; Alicia Randisi-Hooker, cello, adjunct faculty at Maryville College; and Robert Bonham, piano, Professor Emeritus at Maryville College.

Alison Maerker Garner, violinist, has performed with orchestras in California, Indiana, and Tennessee, and has toured throughout the US and South America playing both violin and piano as part of the University of Tennessee Suzuki Talent Education Association. She studied at Indiana University with Josef Gingold and Paul Biss. She performed with the Irish band Red-Haired Mary for eight years and has released two CDs. 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, holds degrees from the University of Tennessee (BM) and the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University (MM). She has performed extensively in orchestras and chamber music settings throughout the United States and Europe. Alicia is engaged in a rich variety of musical activities, teaching each summer at Suzuki Institutes and workshops around the country. 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 at Maryville College. A recipient of the Maryville College Outstanding Teacher Award, he taught piano and courses that ranged from world music and art history to experiential courses focused on enhancing creativity and wellness. He first studied music at the international Woodstock School in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains of India and earned degrees in piano from Phillips University and Kansas University. His Ph.D. in Comparative Arts is from Ohio University. He is a founding member of the faculty of the Keyboard Wellness Seminar (now in the 18th year devoted to sustaining and promoting the insights of Dorothy Taubman). 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.

For more information about the concert, please contact the Maryville College Division of Fine Arts at 865.981.8150.           


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 2018 semester is 1,154.