Shepherd Three Benefit Concert

Shepherdstown, WV-The Shepherd Three, faculty wind trio of Shepherd University, will perform a benefit concert for Mason Ellsworth on Sunday, October 4th at the Shepherdstown Train Station. The concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. All proceeds from the concert will go the Ellsworth family to help with Mason's recovery from his July 2008 automobile accident that had left him in a coma for several months.

Anne Munro (flute), Gregory Shook (oboe) and Richard Polonchak (bassoon) together form The Shepherd Three, are Shepherd University Department of Music faculty and members of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra. They have performed together since 2005 and will be joined by Dr. Laura Renninger (harpsichord, piano) Shepherd University's Coordinator of Music History and Appreciation and Dean of Teaching and Learning. They will perform trios by Mozart, Haydn and Quantz. Also on the program is the Lalliett Terzetto for oboe, bassoon and piano, and the Trio for Oboe, Flute and Piano by Madeline Dring.

Mason Ellsworth studied the bassoon with Shepherd University's Richard Polonchak, and played bassoon in Shepherd University's Preparatory Orchestra, where he worked with Anne Munro and conductor Dr. Mark McCoy. He graduated from Jefferson High School in May and was planning to pursue a music degree at Shepherd University this fall. The talented young man had been first chair in West Virginia All State Orchestra and was offered a Shepherd University music scholarship.