Department of Music

Kandinsky Trio to Perform in Blacksburg on Friday, March 31

The Kandinsky Trio, the ensemble-in-residence at Roanoke College, will perform an evening of chamber music on Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon on the Virginia Tech campus.

Assisted by faculty artists Nancy McDuffie, soprano, and David Jacobsen, flute, the Rio (Benedict Goodfriend, violin; Alan Weinstein, cello; and Elizabeth Bachelder, piano) will perform works by Maurice Ravel and Andre Previn. In addition, the Kandinsky Trio will perform two masterpieces of the piano trio repertoire, Beethoven?s landmark Op. 1, No. 3 in C minor, and the Shostakovich Trio in E minor, Op. 67. Professor Esti Sheinberg of the Virginia Tech Music Department, an expert on the music of Shostakovich, will present a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. in the Recital Salon A reception catered by Blacksburg?s Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea will follow the concert, providing an opportunity for audience and artists to mingle.

Now in its eighteenth season, the Kandinsky Trio has performed worldwide in more than 175 cities, including New York, Washington, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Tampa, Portland, Charleston, San Francisco, Banff, Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna and Zagreb. The Kandinsky Trio has also been heard at such venues at the Interlochen Festival, the Concert Society of Maryland, 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 radio stations throughout the United States. Live performances have been broadcast on the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, National Public Radio?s ?Performance Today,? and WNYC?s ?Around New York.?

Their newest 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.? Described as ?spirited and persuasive? by the American Record Guide, and ?virtuosity, with spine-tingling precision,? by the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Trio draws in new audiences with both its passionate performances of masterworks and innovative ideas in redefining chamber music.

In 2002, the Trio was in residence at the European/American master classes at the Hindemith Center in Blonay, Switzerland, and continues its annual residency at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Fla, as well as its ongoing residency 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 Senator Charles Robb as the representative of the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Kennedy Center?s State Days series. In addition, the ensemble has received awards from the Theodore Presser and Carpenter foundations to extend its artistry and visionary residency ideas to underserved communities.

Tickets for the Kandinsky Trio concert go on sale Monday, March 15 at the UUSA Ticket Office in Squires Student Center on the Virginia Tech campus. For tickets, call 540-231-5615 or order online at Ticket prices are $8 for students and senior citizens, $15 for the general public. Tickets are also available at the door.

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