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The 2017 Ann Schaffner Concert at Olin College Features Babson, Olin and Wellesley Faculty and Works, Two World Premieres

The 2017 Ann Schaffner Concert at Olin College of Engineering will take place Monday, April 17, at 4 pm in the Milas Hall Mezzanine at Olin. It will feature performances, compositions, and poetry from faculty at Babson, Olin and Wellesley Colleges.

Performers Gabriela Diaz (violin), David Russell (cello), and Lois Shapiro (piano) will perform four trios. These include Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor (1914), Martin Brody’s Book of Hours (2003), Jenny Olivia Johnson’s Asleep All Day (2017) and D. S. Dabby’s Who was Wissam Eid? (2017). The pieces by Dabby, who teaches at Olin College, and Johnson, who teaches at Wellesley, will be heard for the first time at the concert.

Johnson’s work is based on a poem by Mary Pinard ("Grief, for a long time sound"), professor of English at Babson College.  Brody’s work refers to the medieval Book of Hours. Ravel’s trio took inspiration from a Malayan poetic form (the pantoum). A New York Times Magazine article, “The Hezbollah Connection” by Ronen Bergman, motivated Dabby’s piece.

Shapiro is a member of the music performance faculty in piano at Wellesley; Russell is a lecturer in music at Wellesley, co-director of the Wellesley Chamber Music Society and a member of the music performance faculty in cello; Diaz is an instructor of violin at Wellesley and frequent performer of contemporary music.

This is the first of two concerts supported by a Babson-Olin-Wellesley (BOW) Presidential Innovation Grant, as well as a generous contribution from the Ann Schaffner Concert Series Fund. This concert takes place annually in memory of Ann Schaffner, a former employee of Olin College. The concert is free and open to the public. Olin College is located at 1000 Olin Way, Needham, MA 02492. For more information, call 781-292-2255.