Peninsula Trio – Concert Video

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This concert selection was composed by Mary L. Bianco and performed on October 14, 2018, at Cass Vineyards in Paso Robles. Mary Bianco is a San Francisco, Paso Robles, Los Angeles and New York based composer of primarily classical chamber music. She received her M.A. degree in music composition from Mills College in 2015; her primary teachers being David Berstein, Fred Firth, Chris Brown and Roscoe Mitchell.  Her thesis is titled, “Understanding and Dealing with Loss of Absolute Pitch as One Ages.” Mary received her B.A. with a concentration in composing  from Sarah Lawrence College.

Mary composed for the Carpenter Trio from 2011 to 2016, and currently she composes for  Symphony of the Vines, Music for Healing,  The Solera Quartet, The Manhattan Chamber Players,  and various summer festivals in New Orleans and Columbus, Ohio.

Mary is a longtime board member of the Music Conservatory of Westchester, in addition to serving on various music and educational boards both in the U.S. and internationally. She accepts selected commissions particularly for the not-for-profit sector where music assists in raising the sights of funders and providing special thanks for generous ongoing supporters. You can read Mary’s thesis regarding Absolute Pitch on her website:

”You are hearing this composition of mine performed for the second time, the first having been commissioned by the Peninsula Symphony conductor, Gary Berkson.  Gary requested a lighthearted, easy on the audience, not too long nor too complex a composition. Reminding me that his piano skills are not equal to his conducting skills….. and GARY would be playing the piano part, he suggested that I give the heavy lifting to the violin and cello. My intent is to provide an easy on the ears, fun and rhythmically – even somewhat jazzy contrast to classical trio writing. Nothing complicated about the melodic themes, and likely it is evident that my background is that of a percussionist.” Mary Bianco

Dmitriy Cogan, piano
Grace Seng, violin
Hilary Clark, cello

Symphony of the Vines is a professional orchestra based in north San Luis Obispo County. The symphony specializes in small orchestra and chamber ensembles playing in various venues including North County wineries.

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