Eliot Trio to perform Jan. 24 at Steinberg

The University’s Eliot Trio, a piano trio made up of three prominent St. Louis musicians, will perform an evening of works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles Ives and Felix Mendelssohn.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Jan. 24 in Steinberg Auditorium.

The Eliot Trio consists of Seth Carlin, professor of music and director of the piano program in Arts & Sciences; David Halen, concertmaster for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; and John Sant’Ambrogio, the orchestra’s principal cellist.

Carlin has performed at festivals and with orchestras around the world, most recently with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco. He has performed with conductors such as Nicholas McGegan, Leonard Slatkin and Roger Norrington, and in recital with Pinchas Zukerman, Anner Bylsma and Malcolm Bilson.

In 1991-92, Carlin’s performance of the complete Schubert fortepiano sonatas in New York City were broadcast nationally on National Public Radio.

Halen joined the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1991 and was appointed its concertmaster in 1995. He frequently performs concertos with the orchestra, and his violin solo in the orchestra’s performances of Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben received acclaim in London and Frankfurt.

Before coming to St. Louis, Halen served as assistant concertmaster of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He performs on a 1753 Johannes Baptiste Guadagnini violin made in Milan, Italy.

Sant’Ambrogio has been the principal cellist of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra since 1968, prior to which he was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for nine years. Sant’Ambrogio has also served as a cellist with the Boston Trio and the Zimbler Sinfonietta; as principal cellist for the Boston Ballet Orchestra; and as a faculty member at Boston University.

He has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra and was principal cellist at the Grand Teton Festival in Wyoming. In 1988, he founded the “Strings in the Mountains” festival in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Tickets are $15 — $10 for seniors and students — and are available at the Edison Theatre Box Office, 935-6543; through all MetroTix outlets; and at the door. The performance is sponsored by the Department of Music.

For more information, call 935-4841.

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