Mn’ TrÌ to perform March 24

The piano, flute and cello ensemble from Warren, PA, Mn’ Tr (Women Three) will perform a free concert at the First United Methodist church, Market and Second Avenues in Warren on Sunday, March 24. This program, performed by Joan Eighmey, piano; Ann Mead, flute; and Vicki Hanson, cello, begins at 4 pm in the sanctuary.

At this performance, the audience will hear the American Premier of a piece commissioned by Mn’ Tr. It was written for them by James Sclater, a friend and colleague of Joan Eighmey. The composition, “The Harp of the Dagda” is based on the ancient celtic legend of the singing harp. In keeping with our mission to play music by women composers, we are performing two additional pieces by women composers, Hiliary Tann and Elisenda Fabregas.

Sclater took piano lessons as a young child and started clarinet in the eighth grade. After some early attempts at composition, he enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi as a composition major. In 1970 he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin.

Sclater taught music theory and composition at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS for forty years, retiring in 2010. From 1971 until 2000 he was a member of the clarinet section of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Since 1998 he has played in the chamber duo LYRICAS with pianist Angela Willoughby. He continues to play in contract orchestras throughout the mid-Mississippi area.

His compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe. He has written for band, orchestra, opera, television, voice, chorus, chamber ensemble and solo piano.

Sclater has been awarded the prize for music composition from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters on six different occasions and has numerous other awards, including the Ostwald Award for New Band Music. He has fulfilled commissions for groups such as The City of Mobile (AL), The Eighth Air Force, The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, The University of Southern Mississippi, The Mississippi University for Women, The Polanski Piano Duo, and the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. His music has been published by Southern Music Co., G.I.A. Publications, EC Schirmer, Shawnee Press, Tenuto Publications, Western International Music, Wingert-Jones, and Brightstar Publications.

He is a member of ASCAP and the International Clarinet Association. He is married to Judy Davis of Columbia, Mississippi. They have one daughter, Patricia Ann Sclater.

Join the trio at a reception in Dunham Parlors after the concert.