About the composer:
Mary Lee Taylor
Daughter of National Symphony cellist Alan Taylor and former SCPO Assistant Principal violist Mary Taylor, Mary Lee started playing the violin at the age of 5. At 15 she performed with the SCPO. Later the San Jose Symphony with George Cleve and the Nashville Symphony.
In addition to her work with the SCPO, her violin playing has been featured in Always Patsy Cline, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Cabaret, Oliver and many other productions. She plays with The Upton Trio, Greenville Symphony and the Sterling Chamber players.
She performed a program consisting entirely of her own compositions at the Weill Recital Hall upstairs at Carnegie Hall June 1, 2006.
THE UPTON TRIO is a non-profit, multicultural piano, cello, violin chamber musical ensemble playing traditional repertory, operatic transcriptions, new jazz, various arrangements, and new works by SC composers. The Trio has taken the lead in offering collaborative multicultural concerts featuring: The Trio, Celebration Gospel Ensemble, Hootie and The Blowfish, B.B. Winans and Edwin McCain and Jewish music concerts in collaboration with Meira Warshauer, nationally renowned composer of Jewish music. The Trio has appeared at the Kennedy Center, universities, churches and temples, museums and art centers. Compact discs are available. The Trio enjoys a powerful educational outreach. The Upton Trio's mission is to present the highest quality traditional and new chamber music to under served audiences. Our focus has been to educate and encourage intercultural dialogue, understanding, and respect and to form partnerships with other community organizations, individuals, foundations, and industry to bring music's transforming power where it is most needed.