THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF UTICA presents NEAVE TRIO Anna Marie Williams, violin Mikhail Veselov, cello Toni James, piano 11 January 2015 2:30 P.M. Museum of Art Auditorium Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Chamber Music --- From Three to a Stageful Program Piano Trio in D Major, No. 28, Hob.XV:16 Franz Joseph Haydn Allegro(1732-1809) Andantino più tosto allegretto Vivace assai Piano Trio in e minor, Op. 90, "Dumky" Antonin Dvořák Lento Maestoso - - Allegro Vivace(1841-1904) Poco Adagio - Vivace non troppo Andante Andante moderato - Allegretto scherzando Allegro Lento Maestoso Intermission Piano Trio in e minor, Op.67 Andante Allegro con brio Largo Allegretto Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) This concert is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the generous contributions of supporters listed on the back page. Neave Trio can be found on neavetrio.com. THE ARTISTS Hailed by critics for their "bright and radiant music making", the Neave Trio is fast distinguishing itself as an ambassador of music to a wide audience through innovative concert presentations. As one of the best emerging young chamber ensembles, the Neave Trio has worked with distinguished artists including Menahem Pressler, Pinchas Zukerman, the Brentano and Emerson Quartets. The Trio is one of only a few ensembles who will be showcased at Chamber Music America's 37th Annual Conference in NYC in January 2015. The Boston Musical Intelligencer has ranked the Neave Trio among the finest chamber ensembles of their generation. Neave Trio biography notes edited by Vincent Costanza PROGRAM NOTES Piano Trio in D Major, No. 28 Hob. XV:16 Franz Joseph Haydn Originally written for flute, cello and piano, this vibrant and humorous trio falls in the middle to late period of the many trios written by the composer. In later trios Haydn, like Mozart and later Beethoven, explored more emancipated roles for all instruments. For this reason, some consider Haydn and Mozart the "grandfathers" of the modern piano trio; they are responsible for setting off the developments that saw the genre progress from piano concerto with string accompaniment, to more full-fledged soloistic, individual roles for each instrument. The elegance, wit and charm of the first movement, which features lively, often virtuosic exchanges between piano and violin, gives way to the almost disturbed, eerie fragility of the second movement siciliano. The last movement rondo exploits minor key episodes and a rambunctious character that confirms the good-natured humour at the heart of the movement. Piano Trio in e minor, Op. 90 "Dumky" Antonin Dvořák Folk music stylizations permeate everything from the musical character to the structure of Dvořák's so called Dumky trio, which forms a creative variant of the typical three or four movement structure. Dumka is a Ukrainian word that describes a folk song characterized by abrupt changes of mood: melancholy introspection to outward exuberance. There seems to be unity of the first three movements of the work linked with "attacca subitos", from their close key relationships to an overall narrative connection; anguished outburst, mourning and eventually, warm remembrance. It has therefore been commented that the rendering of the last three movements in unrelated keys, cements the idea of the work as a sonata-type structure with movements one through three forming a pseudo "first movement" of a four movement structure. The work was so popular after its Prague premiere (Dvořák himself played piano with violinist Ferdinand Lachner on violin and Hanuš Wihan on cello) that Dvořák performed it on a farewell tour he completed before leaving his homeland for the United States. Piano Trio in e minor, Op.67 Dmitri Shostakovich This work stands alone as one of the most compelling, personal responses to the ravages of war. Written from the composer's perspective, in Leningrad at the height of the 900-day siege and the peak of the Second World War, the second trio represents a musical epitaph for his close friend, musicologist Ivan Sollertinsky as well as a eulogy for all victims of war. Conveying the kind of jarring, emotional impact normally reserved for large orchestral works, this pinnacle of the chamber music repertoire shows the composer at the height of his powers. The music can be manic at times; at other times, deeply grave and sorrowful but always vivid. The first movement begins with eerie cello harmonics and progresses through the slow build-up of a highly dissonant and profound fugue before moving on to the repeated rhythmic motifs of the lively, chilling scherzo second movement. Arthur Cohn posited that the last movement depicts the "forced dance" captors would elicit from their captives before murdering them. Dark and graphic as this music is, the final invocation of E Major at the close of the work after the lamenting third movement largo is recalled, has the effect of the dawn of a new day: a sense of resolve and the wonder of the human spirit. Program notes by Toni James, pianist Neave Trio We are so pleased to be able to offer this concert free to our subscribers as a replacement for the cancelled performance by the Minguet Quartet. THE B# MUSICAL CLUB will present a program of performances by Club members on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:30 PM in this Hall. Performers include Peter Costianes, Mike DiMeo, Arthur Durando, Judy Marchione, Irina Popov, Charles Schneider, Rayna Schneider and Tina Toglia. www.bsharpny.org Ph: 737-9109. HAMILTON COLLEGE is presenting MANY music events which are of interest to this audience, too numerous to list here. Please check their website www.hamilton.edu/college/performingarts Ph: 859-4331. PLAYERS OF UTICA are staging Blithe Spirit on February 12-15 and February 19-21, 2015. All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except February 15 and 21, which are at 2:00 p.m. All performances are at Players Theatre at 1108 State St., Utica. www.playersofutica.org Ph: 724-7624. CMSU will bring to this stage, on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm, REBEL, Ensemble for Baroque Music, performing works by Telemann, Marini, Corelli, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Boyce and others. www.uticachambermusic.org Ph: 507-3597 or 896-6102.
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