Acclaimed Young Musicians Kick Off New Residency in the School of Music

By Kyle Hornyak, March 4, 2020
Anthony Trionfo and Dominic Cheli to give free performance on Friday, March 20.

The Ithaca College School of Music will commence the newly established Angela and William Haines Young Concert Artists Residency with a performance by celebrated musicians Anthony Trionfo on flute and Dominic Cheli on piano. Free and open to the public, the concert is scheduled for Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the Hockett Family Recital Hall of the James J. Whalen Center for Music.

Praised as “a musician of prodigious talent and scintillating personality” at his New York recital debut, flutist Anthony Trionfo recently also made his solo debut with an orchestra in New York, performing the Ibert Flute Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in the Young Concert Artists Series at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. In addition to these concerts, Trionfo has performed with the Edmonton Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Stockton Symphony.

Trionfo will hold a master class and Q&A on Saturday, March 21. The master class will take place at 10  a.m. in the Nabenhauer Recital Room  in the James J. Whalen Center for Music, and the Q&A is scheduled for 1 p.m., in the same room. Both the master class and Q&A are free and open to the public.

Dominic Cheli’s playing has been described by Symphony Magazine as “spontaneous yet perfect, the best of how a young person can play.” Cheli’s rapidly advancing career included his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with conductor Valery Gergiev where Dominic was described by the Los Angeles Times as “mesmerizing, (he) transfixed the audience…his fingers were one with each key.” Cheli gave his Carnegie Hall recital debut this past season, and he recently recorded his second CD on the Naxos label of the music of Liszt/Schubert.

The Angela and William Haines Young Concert Artists Residency was established through the generosity of Angela and William “Bill” Haines, lifelong music lovers who are committed to creating transformative experiences for students and all members of the Ithaca College community. The residency will support in-residence learning opportunities for students in the School of Music, including recital performances, master classes, lectures, coaching, mentoring and feedback sessions.

Bill Haines, a nationally recognized real estate investor and developer who is chairman of The Bromley Companies, served on the IC Board of Trustees for 11 years, including five years as chair. He was named chair emeritus in 2006. Angela Haines, a widely published journalist, author and career coach, shares Bill’s incredible dedication to enhancing the IC experience.

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