Millet added, "…Rebecca Clarke's life story of overcoming great odds can offer a spark of inspiration, of belief, to those that connect with her story; it tells much about facing adversity, sustaining focus, and perseverance."
"As for our project, we cannot know which inmates will respond in what way to the sounds of the music or to the story of Rebecca Clarke's troubled life," said Lansdale, but they look forward to the potential positive impact their music and sharing may have.
The Lions Gate Trio, an internationally acclaimed ensemble in both the United States and Europe, enjoys a combination of performing, recording, and working with young musicians in educational settings. In addition to their diverse and acclaimed solo performances and other collaborations, each member of the Lions Gate Trio is a highly respected teacher, collectively holding faculty positions at the Cologne Hochschule in Wuppertal, Germany; The Juilliard School; Oberlin Conservatory of Music; and The Hartt School. Having served residencies at Tanglewood, Yale University, and the University of Pittsburgh, the Lions Gate Trio currently is the trio-in-residence both at The Hartt School and at the Fairfield Library in Connecticut.
The Hartt School is the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford that offers innovative degree programs in music, dance, and theatre. Founded in 1920, Hartt has been an integral part of the University of Hartford since its charter merged the then Hartt School of Music, the Hartford Art School, and Hillyer College to create the University in 1957. 2010 markEd Hartt's 90th year of providing world class performing arts education to students in Greater-Hartford and around the world. With more than 400 concerts, recitals, plays, master classes, dance performances, and musical theatre productions a year, performance is central to Hartt's curriculum. For more information about The Hartt School, visit www.hartford.edu/hartt.
Pictured (L to R): Florence Millet, piano; Katie Lansdale, violin; and Darrett Adkins, cello