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Christ Church Newton will present a Chamber Music Concert by Trio Giocoso, featuring violinist Nicholas Currie, cellist Adam Gonzalez and pianist Diana Greene, with special guests Alicia De Paolo, soprano, and Katie Hoyer, mezzo soprano, on Saturday, April 28th, at 7:00 p.m. 

Works by Beethoven, Goldmark and Kreisler will be performed.  A reception will follow the performance in the parish hall adjacent to the church.  Christ Church is located at 62 Main Street, just off the square in downtown Newton.

Formed in 2007, Trio Giocoso aims to convey the playful musical conversation that is the true nature of chamber music.  The group has performed at a variety of venues throughout the Northeast.  Appearances by the ensemble have included performances on the Music for a New Space series in Towson, Maryland, the Springfield Presbyterian Church Music Series, Sound on Sound II and Sound Connections for the Baltimore Composers Forum, and the recital series at Scott Center for Performing Arts in Westminster, Maryland.  The Trio also presented the world premiere of Garth Baxter’s “From the Headwaters” in 2010. 

Nicholas Currie, violin, is Associate Concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony, Associate Concertmaster of Concert Artists of Baltimore, and former Principal Second of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, and is on the faculty at McDaniel College.  Adam Gonzalez, cellist, currently performs with the Azimuth String Quartet and Trio Giocoso, and is on the faculty of Carroll Community College.  He is a veteran of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, and the Mexico City Philharmonic.  His commercial recording work has included music for the History Channel and National Geographic.  Diana Greene, pianist, is an active performer, collaborative pianist, and music instructor.  In addition, Greene is an early childhood music and movement specialist.  Trio Giocoso members also appear regularly as violin/piano duo and cello/piano duo.  In 2014, Currie and Greene produced the recording “String Break” at Acacia Studios.  Playing both classical and newly-composed repertoire, it is Trio Giocoso’s vision to continue sharing with audiences of all ages, in concert and educational venues, the delightful spirit and experience of chamber music.

Mezzo-soprano Katie Hoyer has a long history of performances in Sussex County, including the Christ Church Newton Junior and Senior Choirs and as a member of the Children’s Chorus of Sussex County. While attending Smith College, Hoyer performed frequently in the Boston area.  In 2013 she won the Smith College Concerto Competition and at graduation earned the Judith Raskin Memorial Prize for the outstanding senior voice student.  Hoyer currently serves as the alto section leader and soloist at St. Michael's Church in Marblehead, MA, under the direction of Dr. Douglas Major.

Soprano Alicia DePaolo holds a Master’s degree in Early Music Vocal Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College.  De Paoloa has worked with such distinguished directors as Nigel North, William Jon Gray, Ivars Taurins, Stanley Ritchie, Drew Minter, and Jeffrey Thomas, appearing as a soloist in the United States, Canada, and Italy in a variety of works.  She also directs MIRYAM, a vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of Baroque and Renaissance settings of Jewish texts.

Tickets for the concert are $20 per person; $10 for seniors and students.  For more information, contact Joe Mello at jmello435@gmail.com or at 862-268-4720.

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Trio Giocoso, (left to right) Cellist Adam Gonzalez, pianist Diana Greene, and violinist Nicholas Currie will perform at Christ Church Newton.

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