St. Elmo Trio Plays At Southside Casual Classics March 10

Monday, March 03, 2014

St. Elmo Trio will perform at Southside Casual Classics Monday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Camp House.

Review for St. Elmo Trio:

Heidi Barker is a Chattanooga-based violinist and violin teacher who loves playing chamber music! She grew up in a very musical family and has been playing the violin since before she can remember. In 2011 she completed her BA in Music from Covenant College. Since then she has been teaching, gigging, and trying to branch out into new genres of music. She is currently the violin and viola studio teacher for the Arts Academy at Chattanooga Christian School. 

Suzanne Sims, cellist, is a long-time resident of Chattanooga.  She has been a member of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, private teacher and coach in several area schools for a number of years.

Jim Lees' primary piano training was with Donald Hageman in Dayton, Ohio after early lessons with Geraldine Dickey. He also credits Marta Bracchi-LeRoux as a major influence in his training. From 1976-83 Jim was the rehearsal pianist for San Francisco Ballet and was a chief piano soloist with the SFB orchestra. In that capacity he performed such works as the Tchaikovsky Concerto #3, the two Shostakovich Concertos, and the Stravinsky Capriccio in such venues as Ravinia, Wolf Trap, Blossom Center and the Edinburgh Festival. In 1982 he had the privilege of playing the premiere of the Michael Smuin ballet Stravinsky Piano Pieces on the nationally broadcast PBS program In Performance at the White House. In 1983 Jim moved to Las Vegas to become a poker dealer, and thus began a long hiatus from performing in public. In 1995 he moved to Chattanooga to be near the home of Precept Ministries. Today he is active in leading Precept Bible studies at his church (St. Elmo Presbyterian) and on the Precept campus. For the past 10 years he has also been a waiter at St. John's Restaurant. About a year ago he waited on pianist Gloria Chien, and as the result of a conversation with her, he began to wonder if he might still have the "chops" to play in public. The outgrowth of those musings is the St. Elmo Trio. 

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