UND’s Red River Trio to perform in Fargo, Bemidji May 4 and 5


Marti Elshaug

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The Red River Trio, a group comprising three select students from the University of North Dakota Music Department, will perform at 5:15 p.m., at Schmitt Music, 4101 13th Ave. S.W., in Fargo, on May 4.

This performance is free. RSVPSchmitt Music at 701.281.1828, or at FGKB@schmittmusic.com

May 5, the trio will visit Bemidji to appear at a Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Concert at 2:30 p.m., at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

This will be the trios final concert trips before they head to China and Japan for an international concert tour.

They began performing together in August 2012 under the direction of Nariaki Sugiura, UND assistant professor of music. The trio has toured Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota and North Dakota in 2013.

Red River Trio members:

Vinicius Sant'Anna, a native of Brazil, began his studies at Grupo Pao de Acucar Music institute, where he quickly became concertmaster of the Pao de Acucar Orchestra. In 2008, he began his college studies at the Pensacola Christian College in Florida. Sant'Anna is currently pursuing a bachelor of music degree in violin performance with UND Assistant Professor Alejandro Drago.

Fernando Vargas, a native of Venezuela, started studying music at the age of five. He studied cello at the Geneva Conservatoire in Switzerland and finished his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. Vargas is currently pursuing a master's degree in cello performance, studying with UND's Burgum Endowed Chair of Cello Assistant Professor Simona Barbu.

Keith Teepen, Cincinnati, earned his bachelor of music degree in piano performance from DePauw University. He received a scholarship to study in Vienna, Austria, and has held collaborative piano positions at DePauw University School of Music and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Teepen is currently working as a graduate teaching assistant and pursuing a master's degree in piano performance under Sugiura.