Three current Eastman students were invited to perform at a gala dinner preceding the performance by soprano Renee Fleming (MM ’83) opening the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s season on September 12. The Lilac Piano Trio was formed in 2011 by violinist Gabrielle Monachino, an Eastman Community Music School graduate and now a student of Charles Castleman, with cellist Mark Yee, a master’s student of Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott, and pianist Tarin Supprakorn, a doctoral student of Nelita True. The trio, dedicated to musical education and community outreach, performs frequently in Rochester. The photograph taken at the dinner shows, from left to right, Tarin, Gabrielle, Renee, and Mark. Photograph by Sandra Monachino.