Klemperer Trio to perform on campus
With Wheaton President Ronald A. Crutcher on cello
Wheaton President Ronald A. Crutcher, a noted cellist, will join forces with his musical partners, Erika Klemperer, violin, and Gordon Back, piano, when their ensemble, the Klemperer Trio, makes a rare appearance on campus April 4.
Formed in 1980, the trio has performed widely in the U.S. and Europe, with a repertoire spanning musical styles from classical to contemporary. With Klemperer and Back based in Europe and Crutcher living and working in Massachusetts, the three musicians juggle a challenging transatlantic schedule of rehearsals and performances.
For their Wheaton performance, to take place at 8 p.m. in Cole Memorial Chapel, the trio will play Trio No. 1 in c minor, op. 8, by Dimitri Shostakovich, Beethoven’s Trio in D Major, op. 70, No. 1 (“Ghost”), and Trio in d minor, op. 32, by the 19th century composer Anton Arensky. The concert is free and open to the public.
Erika Klemperer received her master’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College where, as a teaching fellow, she studied with Dorothy Delay. She was awarded a full scholarship to Aspen Music Festival and was also invited to participate in the Teton Music Festival. At the invitation of Yehudi Menuhin, Klemperer continued her post-graduate studies in London, also studying with Yfrah Neaman. She became a faculty member at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a principal member of the City of London Sinfonia and the London Mozart Players. She later developed an interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy and now leads a busy schedule that combines teaching, performing and counseling.
A national leader in higher education, Ronald Crutcher has been president of Wheaton College since 2004. Under his leadership, the college has undertaken the most ambitious capital campaign in its 178-year history, scheduled to conclude in 2014. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Miami University in Ohio and pursued graduate studies at Yale University as a Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation Fellow. In 1979, he was the first cellist to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale. The recipient of a Fulbright Award, he is fluent in German and studied at the University of Bonn and the Frankfurt State Academy of Music.
Gordon Back’s distinguished career as a pianist has taken him all over the world, performing and recording with artists such as Menuhin, Milstein, Vengerov, Rosand, Suk, Kavakos and the Cleveland Quartet. He was one of the youngest professors ever to join the faculty of the Guildhall School of Music, in 1974. He gives regular master classes as a guest professor and in the summer teaches in France and Norway. Back also serves as artistic director of the Menuhin International Violin Competition, held in Cardiff (2008), Oslo (2010) and Beijing (2012) and scheduled for Austin, Texas, in 2014.