Sundance Trio to perform at Southern Utah University

Sundance Trio members, L-R Jed Moss, Christian Smith and Geralyn Giovannetti. Undated. | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — The Sundance Trio, a trio of musicians with a unique sound will give a free public performance at Southern Utah University’s Thorley Recital Hall Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Sundance Trio was formed in 2005 for the purpose of performing trios that were written for the oboe, bassoon and piano.

The trio is based out of northern Utah and members of the trio include oboist Geralyn Giovannetti, bassoonist Christian Smith, and pianist Jed Moss. Music from their repertoire includes pieces composed by Willard Elliot, Richard Faith, Òscar Àlvarez Valero, Francis Poulenc, Simon Sargon, Theodor Burkali, and many more.

Sundance Trio members

Geralyn Giovannetti, oboe, is professor of oboe at Brigham Young University, a founding member of Sundance Trio and a member of the faculty ensemble, Orpheus Wind Quintet.

Giovannetti is a graduate of Western University in her native Canada and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. She has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Brazil. As a member of the award-winning Canadian woodwind quintet, Essex Winds, she has recorded three CDs.

Giovannetti has served as a judge for the International Double Reed Society’s Young Artist Competition and for the Asian Double Reed Society Competition. She currently chairs the Young Artist Oboe Competition for the IDRS.

Christian Smith, bassoon, is professor of bassoon at the BYU School of Music. Beyond his responsibilities with the bassoon studio, he teaches instrumental conducting, directs the woodwind chamber music program and regularly performs with Orpheus Wind Quintet, the resident faculty wind quintet.

An active orchestral musician, Smith has played under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Raymond Leppard, John Williams, Joseph Silverstein, Maxim Shostakovich, Keith Lockhart, Craig Jessop, and Mack Wilberg. Likewise, he has performed with the Utah Symphony, Utah Opera, Ballet West Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Flint (Michigan) Symphony, Michigan Chamber Players, Utah Chamber Artists, Colors of the Baroque, and the Canyon Winds woodwind quintet.

Currently, Smith is principal bassoonist with the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Jed Moss, piano, is a prolific performer who has appeared on the Columbia Artists’ Community concert series, the Utah Arts Council Performing Arts Tour, the Mendelssohn Society of Chicago series, the Nova Concert series, the Canyonlands New Music series, the Abravanel Distinguished Visiting Composers series and the Contemporary Music Consortium of Utah. He has also toured in Austria and Germany as a soloist with Utah’s Repertory Dance Theater.

As a collaborative pianist, Moss has performed with musicians from the nation’s top orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic. Moss performs frequently on faculty recitals at Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University and the University of Utah, and has made guest appearances in partnership with various artists at Colleges and Universities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California, Colorado, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Maryland, New York and Washington, D.C.

Moss was a member of the Paradigm Trio for six years and is now the pianist for the Sundance Trio, performing and recording newly commissioned works for oboe, bassoon and piano.

Event details

  • What: The Sundance Trio, music for oboe, bassoon and piano.
  • When: Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Thorley Recital Hall, Music Building, Southern Utah University, 351 West University Boulevard, Cedar City
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • More information: Click here

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