Friends of Music

Trio 180 returns to Brookings for concert

Trio 180, the piano trio-in-residence at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, will return to Brookings for the next Friends of Music concert.

The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Brookings Seventh-day Adventist Church, 102 Park Ave. Music featured includes compositions by Haydn, Dvorák and Piazzolla.

Trio 180 — pianist Sonia Leong, violinist Ann Miller and cellist Nina Flyer — performs a variety of music from the classical era to the present, and is an active advocate of new music. It has premiered a number of new compositions, many of them commissioned by and written for the trio.

The Trio mentors young musicians and chamber music groups at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, where all three members are on faculty. In addition, they frequently perform at elementary and high schools. The trio will conduct an outreach program at Azalea Middle School during its Brookings visit.

Trio 180’s concert seasons have included performances throughout California and a concert tour to Vancouver, British Columbia.The members have conducted a master class at the Baltimore School for the Arts. They recently released their first album of works by Dvorák, Suk and Schumann.

Leong has performed in Canada, the United States, England, Romania, Switzerland and Hong Kong. She was a prizewinner at the Concours Piano 80, in Switzerland, and a finalist at the Concorso Pianistico Nazionale “Città de Cesenatico” in Italy.

Leong studied at the University of British Columbia, the Peabody Conservatory and the Université de Montréal, as well as at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) on a Commonwealth Scholarship.

Miller has appeared in concert halls throughout North America, Europe and Asia. She made her New York debut as a soloist with the New Juilliard Ensemble in Alice Tully Hall. She has performed in Mongolia and Ukraine, as well as New York City. In addition, Miller participated in an exchange program between the Juilliard School and the Lucerne Festival Academy that culminated in performances in Switzerland and New York under the direction of Pierre Boulez.

Ms. Miller is an associate professor of violin at the University of the Pacific. She holds her Master’s of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Juilliard School, and she received her Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from Rice University.

Flyer has toured, recorded and taught throughout Europe, Scandinavia and America. She has been principal cellist with the symphonies of Jerusalem, Bergen, Norway, and Iceland, the Women’s Philharmonic and the Bear Valley Orchestra. She has also held the post of acting principal cellist with the San Diego Symphony.

She is presently principal cellist of the Pacific Chamber Symphony, as well as cello and chamber music professor at the University of the Pacific.

Single tickets cost $15, and discounted season tickets will also be available. Students younger than 18 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies. For further information, call 541-412-2957 or visit

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