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During the spring of 2006, a trio of musicians formed at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City and named themselves ETA-3.

Named for a radiant and star-producing nebula within the Milky Way Galaxy as well as the initials of the musicians' first names, the trio consists of American flutist Emily Thomas, Japanese pianist Tomoko Nakayama and Russian clarinetist Alexey Gorokholinsky.

Joan Baillie, event and conference director for Oxford College of Emory University, said the group will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at Oxford's Willams Hall.

"These are just wonderful young musicians - if they come out of Julliard you know they are - from all over the world and, of course, the United States," Baillie said.

Baillie said New York-based classical music manager Reggie Bahl, who represents ETA-3, also brought the Manhattan Piano Trio to Oxford two seasons ago. She added the concert was well received and Bahl represents extraordinarily talented musicians who are typically fresh graduates of Julliard.

"The trio strives to communicate the intellectual and emotional elements of life by broadening the audience's perspective through a varied range of repertoire," Bahl said on the group's Web site

Their performance at Oxford includes works by Romantic, French Impressionist and contemporary composers of the 19th and 20th centuries including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Jacques Ibert and Ian Clarke.

"I'm very excited to hear them because they are very different instrumentally than Manhattan as well as other string quartets that we have had perform here," Baillie said.

Tickets are available at no cost, but seating in Williams Hall is limited so reservations are needed.

To reserve free tickets, call Joan Baillie at (770) 784-8389.