Prometheus Trio


Critically acclaimed year after year, the Prometheus Trio embarks on its eighteenth season in residence at the Conservatory, its third with violinist Margot Schwartz joining founding members Scott Tisdel and Stefanie Jacob. Prometheus continues its tradition of combining much loved chamber music classics with works that both challenge and excite the performers and their audience.

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February 12 at 7:30pm & February 13 at 11:00am
Faure: Trio, Op. 121 | Daron Hagen: Piano Trio No. 5 (2017) (world premiere) | Dvorák: Trio in B-flat, Op. 21

World Premiere – Hagen Piano Trio No. 5

Daron Hagen, internationally acclaimed composer, Conservatory alumn, & Milwaukee native, dedicates his newest piece to the Prometheus Trio.

The February concerts include the world premiere of the Hagen Piano Trio No. 5, a four movement work that uses the traditional Irish love ballad Red is the Rose as a musical touchstone to explore the process of recovery and renewal:

1. Rupture: Intensive Care
2. Recollection: Red is…
3. Recovery: Just Once
4. Renewal: …the Rose


Meet Daron Hagen

Daron Hagen is an award-winning composer, librettist, stage director, conductor, collaborative pianist, and essayist. He is the recipient of the 2015 American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Academy Award for “the artist who has achieved his singular voice.”

His music is performed worldwide—from the Ullens Center in Beijing to the Louvre in Paris, the South Bank in London to Lincoln Center in New York City, from Suntory Hall in Tokyo to McCaw Hall in Seattle. Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Opera, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others, his catalogue includes nine operas, five symphonies, twelve concerti, dozens of instrumental works, and over 300 art songs and cycles.

A member of the Artist Faculty at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts and Chair of the Composition Faculty of the Wintergreen Music Festival and Academy, he has taught at Bard College, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Princeton Atelier. He has served as president of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and artistic director of the Seasons Music Festival Academy in Washington, conducted the cast recordings of several of his operas, and stage directed the premieres of others.

Twice a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at Bellagio, he has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize, the ASCAP-Nissim, Barlow Endowment, and Columbia University Bearns Prize. A Lifetime Member of the Corporation of Yaddo, he is a graduate of Curtis and Juilliard, and now lives in Rhinebeck, New York with his wife and two sons.



“To say that Daron Hagen is an extraordinary musician is to underrate him. Daron is music.”
— Opera News

“Daron Hagen is a mid-career composer who has found his voice, a multi-faceted composer who does a first-rate job on anything concerning music—its creation, its performance, and its communicability.”
— American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Music, 2014

Single Tickets

General Admission: $27.50 | Premium Seats: $37.50
Student Tickets: $17.50 at Door (ID required; please call 414-276-5760 reserve in advance)
WCM Student Tickets: Limited free tickets available (call 414-276-5760 reserve in advance)

* All fees included in single ticket prices

Complimentary Parking available at Milwaukee Eye Care, 1684 N. Prospect Avenue, located one block north of the Conservatory, for evening concerts.

The 2017-18 Season Continues

April 16 – 17 at 7:30pm
Klengel: Trio in D Major, Op. 39, No. 2 | Turina: Trio No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 76
| Shulamit Ran: Soliloquy (1997) | Schumann: Trio in D Minor, Op. 63

Single Tickets

General Admission: $27.50 | Premium Seats: $37.50
Student Tickets: $17.50 at Door (ID required; please call 414-276-5760 reserve in advance)
WCM Student Tickets: Limited free tickets available (call 414-276-5760 reserve in advance)

* All fees included in single ticket prices

Complimentary Parking available at Milwaukee Eye Care, 1684 N. Prospect Avenue, located one block north of the Conservatory, for evening concerts.

Margot Schwartz

Prometheus Trio Member

Prometheus Trio Member

Violinist Margot Schwartz is a member of the First Violin section in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.  She has appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee, Berkeley, and Oakland East Bay Symphonies.  As a chamber musician, Ms. Schwartz has performed extensively on both violin and viola, including at New York’s Bargemusic, and for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, and can be heard on numerous series in the Milwaukee area, including Frankly Music and Present Music.  She also performs as a member of the Arcas String Quartet and the violin/viola duo Bowing Rogue, ensembles which have both recently been formed with her MSO colleagues. Ms. Schwartz enjoys teaching privately as well as coaching sectionals and chamber music at many local high schools.  In the summers, she performs in the First Violin sections of both the Bellingham (WA) and Peninsula (WI) Music Festivals. She holds degrees from the Yale School of Music, where she was a student of Ani Kavafian; and the Northwestern University School of Music, studying with Roland and Almita Vamos.


Stefanie Jacob

Piano, Chamber Music

Piano, Chamber Music

WCM faculty member since 1987. M.M. with highest distinction in Piano Performance, Indiana University; A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University. Stefanie Jacob made her solo debut with the Boston Pops at age 17 and her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1984. She was twice awarded Second Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and received Indiana University's Leo Weiner Prize for Chamber Music. Ms. Jacob has soloed with both the Milwaukee Symphony and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and recorded for the Arundax, CRI, Fleur de Son, Equilibrium, and the Wisconsin Conservatory labels. A recipient of the Milwaukee Civic Music Association's award for Excellence in Studio Teaching, she is a founding member of the Conservatory's Prometheus Trio; she also performs with her cellist
husband Scott Tisdel as the Duo Coriolan.

Scott Tisdel

WCM faculty member since 2000. M.M., Cello Performance, Indiana University; B.M., Cello Performance, San Francisco State University. Scott Tisdel has served as Associate Principal Cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony and Principal Cellist of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra since 1987, and has appeared as soloist with both ensembles. Prior to his arrival in Milwaukee, Mr. Tisdel was Principal Cellist of the Florida Orchestra (Tampa), and a member of both the Oakland and San Jose Symphonies. Mr. Tisdel is a founding member of the Conservatory's resident Prometheus Trio. He performs annually at the Washington Island Music Festival.

A 20th-century masterpiece at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Milwaukee Magazine  |  12/5/17
The Prometheus Trio is joined by clarinetist Benjamin Adler for a powerful reading of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time…”

Music for the End of Time

Urban Milwaukee  |  11/30/17
The Prometheus Trio offers two major works in a Wisconsin Conservatory of Music concert this Monday and Tuesday evening. The concert will include a Beethoven trio that represents the best of his work in that form and a dramatic 20th century quartet by Olivier Messiaen…

Compelling Works Elicit Compelling Performances by Prometheus Trio

Shepherd Express  |  9/26/17
Three seasoned musicians—violinist Margot Schwartz, cellist Scott Tisdel and pianist Stefanie Jacob—showed a large and enthusiastic audience Tuesday evening (Sept. 19) why the Prometheus Trio has been so successful for nearly two decades and counting. Their performance of three very different trios not only displayed their fine individual talents, but also their seamless perfection as an ensemble….

Brahms, Haydn and… Lajtha?

Urban Milwaukee  |  9/15/17
The Prometheus Trio, resident piano trio of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, opens their season next Monday and Tuesday with a familiar formula for their series…

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