The Kandinsky Trio is excited to announce their 25th anniversary season! While it seems like only yesterday that Alan Weinstein, Benedict Goodfriend, and Elizabeth Bachelder joined forces to present four concerts annually on their series at Olin Theater in Salem, it has actually been a quarter century of chamber music-making at its best. The acclaimed group established their residency at Roanoke College with help from a prestigious Chamber Music America grant back in the early ‘90s. They have toured the United States, Canada and Europe, played New York City and Washington, D.C., many times and issued two high-quality CDs with the third one to be released this coming year!
The 2012-2013 season at Roanoke College features, as always, four concerts at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Hall: Sept. 15, 2012, Dec. 1, 2012, Jan. 26, 2013 and March 16, 2013. Each concert will feature new works from the Trio’s “25 x 25” project: 25 short compositions from 25 composers commissioned by the trio to be performed over the next two seasons. Look for exciting new pieces by Hilary Tann, Mike Reid, Richard Danielpour, John D’earth, Kent Holliday, Gunther Schuller, Judith Shatin, and more! In addition to these premieres the Kandinsky Trio will revisit old favorites from their repertoire of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Haydn, and Dvorak Trios and expand forces to include guest violist Hillary Herndon in the Faure C minor Piano Quartet, Op. 15.
The opening concert of the season, on Sept. 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., kicks off the festivities with the delightful Beethoven Trio in E flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1 followed by the inaugural performance of the Kandinsky’s “25 X 25” commissioning project. Three short works by Kent Holiday, Tim Mauthe and Vladimir Smirnov will be debuted. Brahms’s remarkable Trio in B Major, Opus 8 will round out the program.
Now in its 25th season, the Kandinsky Trio is celebrating one of the longest and most successful artist residencies in the United States: more than 1000 concerts of high-caliber chamber music in the U. S., Europe, and Canada, including New York (Miller Theater and Merkin Hall), Washington (The Kennedy Center), Atlanta (Spivey Hall), Oklahoma City, Tampa (Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center), Portland, Charleston, San Francisco, Banff, Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna, and Zagreb. The Kandinsky Trio has also been heard at such venues as the Interlochen Festival, the Concert Society at Maryland, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center, and the Center for the Arts at Penn State. Its recordings are aired regularly on Boston’s WGBH, Chicago’s WFMT, and the Maine, Georgia, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Minnesota Public Radio Networks. Live performances have been broadcast on the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, numerous times on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and WNYC’s Around New York. Their CD, In Foreign Lands (Brioso), released in 2003, was selected by WNED (Buffalo and Toronto) as one of the best CDs of the year, and London’s Music and Vision dubbed it “one of the year’s best chamber music recordings.” The Charleston Post and Courier named the Kandinskys “a trio of stunning talent” after their appearance on the 2008 Spotlight Series at Piccolo Spoleto. Described as “spirited and persuasive,” American Record Guide, and “virtuosity, with spine-tingling precision,” Cincinnati Enquirer, the Trio draws in new audiences with both its passionate performances of masterworks and innovative ideas in re-defining chamber music. In 2002, the Trio was in residence at the European/American Masterclasses at the Hindemith Center in Blonay, Switzerland and continues one of this country’s most enduring chamber music residencies at historic Roanoke College.
The trio is one of only six piano trios ever to win the prestigious Chamber Music America Residency Award. In 1999, the Kandinsky Trio was chosen by Sen. Charles Robb as the representative of the commonwealth of Virginia at Kennedy Center’s State Days series. In addition, the ensemble has received multiple awards from the Theodore Presser and Carpenter foundations to extend its artistry and visionary residency ideas to under-served communities.
The Kandinsky Trio regularly collaborates with such diverse artists as bassist James VanDemark, violinist/violist Ida Kavafian, cellist Steven Doane, soprano Dawn Upshaw, composer Gunther Schuller, storyteller Connie Regan-Blake and jazz legend Larry Coryell.
Their innovative projects have included Mike Reid’s Tales of Appalachia for Trio and storyteller, John D’earth’s Natural Bridge, for Trio, jazz bass and guitar with jazz great Kurt Rosenwinkel, and a unique collaboration with storyteller/whistler Andy Offutt Irwin, which features creative arrangements of jazz standards and folk music to produce a totally original musical experience.
In March 2010, the NEA recognized the Kandinsky Trio’s achievement with an “American Masterpieces” grant to tour and record the jazz-influenced chamber music of Gunther Schuller and John D’earth. The CD will be released in 2013.
Season tickets are available by calling the Olin Hall Box Office at (540) 375-2333. Ticket prices for individual concerts are $20 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling the Olin Hall Box Office at (540) 375-2333 or online at www.roanoke.edu/tickets. See more at the Kandinsky Trio’s website at www.roanoke.edu/kandinsky.
– Submitted by Roanoke College