FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, — The Chamber Music Society of Detroit presents a Beethoven Festival featuring the composer’s complete works for piano trio performed by the venerated Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio February 6-8. The performances take place in three different venues – Friday February 6 in the Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Saturday February 7 at Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, and Sunday February 8 at Varner Recital Hall at Oakland University in Rochester – giving ticket buyers an opportunity to experience all three of the Chamber Music Society’s major venues. Individual concert tickets and discounted Festival Passes ($75 for all three concerts or $55 for two concerts) are available by phone at 248-855-6070 or online at www.ChamberMusicDetroit.org. Details follow below.
BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL PROGRAMS
Program I: Friday, February 6, 8 PM
Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
General admission, cabaret seating, adults: $30, students $15. Refreshments available, cash bar.
Kakadu Variations, for Piano Trio (Variations on “Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu”)
Piano Trio No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 1, No. 1
Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 97, No. 1, “Archduke”
Program II: Saturday, February 7, 8 PM
Seligman Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Detroit Country Day School
22305 West 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills
Tickets: adults $30 – $60, students $15, $10 student rush tickets available one hour prior to concert.
Variations on an Original Theme in E-flat major, Op. 44
Piano Trio No. 2 in G major, Op. 1, No. 2
Piano Trio No. 6 in E-flat major, Op. 70, No. 2
Program III: Sunday, February 8, 3 PM
Varner Recital Hall, on the campus of Oakland University
2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester
General Admission tickets: $30, students $15
Piano Trio No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 11, “Gassenhauer”
Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3
Allegretto in B-flat major for Piano Trio, WoO 39
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70, No. 1, “Ghost”
ABOUT THE KALICHSTEIN-LAREDO-ROBINSON TRIO
Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter’s Inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson have been setting the standard for performance of the piano trio literature. Now, after thirty-eight years of success the world over, including many award-winning recordings, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to make annual appearances at many of the world’s major concert halls, commissions major new works, and maintains an active recording agenda, all while balancing the careers of three internationally acclaimed soloists.
Highlights of the Trio’s 2014-15 season include performances of André Previn’s acclaimed Trio No. 2, commissioned by the Music Accord consortium of presenters for the Trio’s 35th Anniversary, plus recitals in New York City, Cincinnati, Miami and Washington DC, in addition to the February 6-8 Beethoven cycle in Detroit. A favorite of Chamber Music Society of Detroit audiences, the Trio has made ten previous appearances on the CMSD series.
The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio recently released a CD of works written for them by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, including her quintet, septet, and trio on the Azica label. (The Chamber Music Society of Detroit co-commissioned both the quintet and the septet, and both have been performed on the CMSD series.) The Trio also recently released a double CD set of Schubert on the Bridge label to wide acclaim. Previous recording projects on Koch include a 4-disc cycle of the complete Brahms trios (2009), a beloved two-volume set of the complete Beethoven Trios (2007), and the Arensky & Tchaikovsky Trios (2006). In addition, KOCH re-released many of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio’s hallmark recordings, including chamber works of Maurice Ravel, works by contemporary composer Richard Danielpour, the complete sonatas and trios of Shostakovich, and “Legacies,” a CD of trios written especially for the ensemble by Pärt, Zwilich, Kirchner and Silverman. Other highlights of its vast discography include a critically acclaimed all-Haydn CD (Dorian), recordings of the complete Mendelssohn and Brahms Trios (Vox Cum Laude), as well as Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra (Chandos).
Musical America named the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio the Ensemble of the Year for 2002. The 2003-04 season was its first as Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the Kennedy Center; this prestigious partnership continues today.
The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio has maintained a heavy touring schedule that has taken them across the globe. Memorable concerts over the years include the Trio’s performance on Carnegie Hall’s Centennial Series, tours of Japan, New Zealand and Australia, a series with the Guarneri Quartet featuring Brahms’ entire works for piano and strings, a Beethoven cycle on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series (the first time the complete Beethoven piano trios were performed at Lincoln Center), and premieres of works by Richard Danielpour, Joan Tower, Stanley Silverman, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and David Ott.
Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson joined the instrumental and chamber music faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Music in 2012; prior to that they served as professors at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for seven years. Joseph Kalichstein continues as a long-revered teacher at the Juilliard School of Music.
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