The West Virginia University Faculty Chamber Ensemble will perform a new work by WVU composer-in-residence John Beall on Feb. 24 in the Creative Arts Center .

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Recital Hall .

The program will feature theTroutQuintet for violin, viola, cello, bass and piano by Franz Schubert and the premiere of Quintet for piano and strings by Beall.

Performers will include the WVU Piano Quartet: Mikylah Myers McTeer , violin; Maggie Snyder , viola; William Skidmore , cello; and James Miltenberger , piano. Andrew Kohn , bass, completes the ensemble.

TheTroutQuintet represents one of Schuberts major chamber music efforts and includes a theme and variations movement based on one of his songs for voice and pianoDie Forellen,said Skidmore, a professor in the WVU Division of Music .

It is written for the unusual combination of instruments with the piano quartet (violin, viola, cello and piano) and an additional double bass,Skidmore said.There are very few other pieces written for this combination.

Bealls piece is for the same instruments as Schuberts.

John Beall has for years thought about writing a work to be used as a combination piece in concert with the Schubert work, and at the urging of the WVU Piano Quartet, he has now finished his effort,Skidmore said.The WVU Faculty Chamber Ensemble is pleased to present the premiere performance of the Quintet, and they invite the University community and the general public to come and share in the excitement.

Beall is celebrating his 30th anniversary at the University, and a concert in his honor is scheduled for March 8 at WVU .

For more information, contact the WVU College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4841 ext. 3108.