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JUNE 21 HUDSON VALLEY CHAMBER MUSIC CIRCLE SERIES CONCERT FEATURES THE KALICHSTEIN-LAREDO-ROBINSON TRIO WITH VIOLINIST JENNIFER KOH "One of the best-blended, most sensitive, and intelligent piano trios in the world today." - New York Times
Emily M. Darrow
"One of the best-blended, most sensitive, and intelligent piano trios in the world today."
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The last concert of the 2003 Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle series at Bard College, on Saturday, June 21, will feature the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio with violinist Jennifer Koh. The program, presented by The Bard Center, begins at 8:00 p.m. in Olin Hall.
The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio will perform Mozart's Trio in B-flat Major, K. 102; Ravel's Pièce en forme de habañera, for cello and piano; and Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-Flat. Jennifer Koh will join the trio for Moszkowski's Suite for Two Violins and Piano.
According to the Chicago Tribune, "The ensemble consisting of pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson stands apart. There can be few chamber groups whose members are so evenly and expertly matched, who can convey the sheer pleasure of making music so spontaneous. Individually and collectively, these musicians are special."
Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter's inauguration in January 1977, the trio has set the standard for performance of piano trio literature for 26 consecutive seasons. The members of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio balance their careers as internationally acclaimed soloists, appear as a group at many of the world's major concert halls, commission spectacular new works, and maintain an active recording agenda. Musical America named the trio Ensemble of the Year for 2002.
Memorable concerts over the years have included the trio's performance in Carnegie Hall's Centennial Series; several tours of Japan, New Zealand, and Australia; a series with the Guarneri Quartet featuring Brahms's entire literature for piano and strings; the Beethoven cycle in Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series (the first time the complete Beethoven piano trios were performed at Lincoln Center); and performances with orchestras across the United States and Europe of new works written for the trio by David Ott and Pulitzer Prize-winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
The trio's recent recordings include an all-Zwilich concerto CD (Koch International, 2002); two volumes of an all-Beethoven CD collection (Arabesque, 2002 and 2003); and the premiere recording of Richard Danielpour's In the Arms of the Beloved (a concerto for violin and cello written for Laredo and Robinson) paired with Danielpour's piece A Child's Reliquary, written for the trio (Arabesque 2002).
Violinist Jennifer Koh is an exhilarating performer who captures audiences with artistry and virtuosity. Her repertoire ranges from Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Paganini, and Bartók to Elliott Carter, Steve Reich, Charles Wuorinen, Ornette Coleman, and John Zorn. Koh has won numerous awards, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Concert Artists Guild Competition, under whose auspices she made her New York recital debut at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in 1995.
She has performed with leading American orchestras, including the National, Chicago, Detroit, Saint Louis, and Minnesota Symphonies. Koh appears frequently at major music centers, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, Wolf Trap, Ravinia, and Schleswig-Holstein. She appears annually at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, where she recorded Menotti's Violin Concerto in concert with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hickox (Chandros). Koh's discography also includes a solo recital of chaconnes (Cedille); Carl Neilsen's Violin Concerto (Kontrapunkt); and the Violin Concerto by Uuno Klami (BIS). Koh wishes to thank a private patron for the generous loan of a 1727 Stradivarius, which she now uses in performance.
The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle, an association of chamber music lovers celebrating its 53rd season, was founded by Helen Huntington Hull and two friends from Staatsburg, New York. They enlisted the help of violinist Emil Hauser, then a member of the Bard College faculty and original first violinist of the Budapest Quartet, to invite musicians to perform at the Mills and Vanderbilt Mansions. In 1979, the concert series began its association with Bard College. The HVCMC remains a venue that attracts many of the world's preeminent chamber music artists. In 2001, Robinson and Laredo assumed artistic directorship of the chamber music series.
These performances are made possible, in part, through the generosity of the Homeland Foundation and the Leon Levy Foundation at Bard College. Individual tickets are $25; senior citizens, $15; and students, $5. For further information, call 518-537-6665.
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