The concert will feature E. Michael Richards, clarinet; Steven Heyman, piano; and Richard Eckert, cello. They will perform Drake Mabry's Street Cries for solo clarinet, George Crumb's Sonata for Violoncello, "The Alcotts" from Charles Ives' Piano Sonata No. 2 and trios of Beethoven (opus 11) and Brahms (opus 114).
E. Michael Richards is an an associate professor of music. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Syracuse Symphony, and has performed at recitals at the International Clarinet Festival in Paris. Richards has been recognized for his work with a U.S./Japan Creative Artist Fellowship jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Japan Friendship. He has performed at the International Asian Composers Forum and the International Modern Music Festival in Japan. He has recorded on the Opus One, NEUMA and Ninewinds labels.
Heyman is a lecturer in piano. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School, and has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. In 1994, he was the top American and fourth laureate in the prestigious Palm Beach International Piano Competition. He has won numerous awards in other national and international competitions and is scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall in February 1997.
Eckert is Hamilton's director of string chamber music and teaches cello at Colgate University. He has performed extensively in the Northeast and is member of the Rochester-based Orchard Hill Ensemble. He has appeared with the Syracuse Society for New Music and has performed as a soloist on radio broadcasts.