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Amelia Piano Trio

“I want to bear your children!” (exclaimed Harry Strub)

A dozen years ago, shortly after the Amelia Piano Trio was formed, they were one of the featured ensembles at the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival. I was attending a one-week workshop for Presenters at the festival, sponsored by the American Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Chamber Music America. There were about 10 other presenters from American chamber music organizations. The   leader invited the Amelias to meet with us in our small seminar room overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and to perform for us as well.

They played one of my favorite works, Ravel’s Piano Trio. We were all quite blown away by their exuberance and musicality in this small intimate environment. (We were already in a little hypnotic trance watching the surf roll into shore through the large picture window.) The seminar leader invited us to discuss the performance with the trio and we went around the table, mostly with compliments and curious questions, but also trying to be insightful and intelligent in our critiques, if only to impress our teacher.  By the time it was my turn to say something, all the smart-clever remarks were used up, and the words I heard myself uttering were: “I want to bear your children!” If I couldn’t be smart, I went for funny.

More recently, the Amelia Piano Trio experienced a major personnel change with a new pianist, Andrew Armstrong, last seen in Winnipeg partnering violinist James Ehnes. Before he launched his professional career, Anthony had won over 25 American and international first prizes in piano competitions!

The violinist Anthea Kreston is said to be a soloist of the Heifetz/Shaham/Vengerov caliber “…whose musical instincts can stir the senses to a frenzy” (San Diego Reader), thus explaining why Yo Yo Ma chose her to travel with his Silk Road Project – from Las Vegas to Kazakhstan. She’s married to the cellist Jason Duckles, who stayed in touch with me all this time, working to make this concert happen. They fly in to Winnipeg from Hartford Connecticut with their two small children.

In sum, the Amelias are wonderful, and so is their program which includes one of the Virtuosi audience’s favorite pieces in past years, Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor by Shostakovich. It’s quite beautiful and haunting, and perhaps his most unforgettable piece of music. Every piano trio wants to perform it on our series.

It’s taken a dozen years, but I am so glad to finally be able to bring them to Winnipeg so you can hear them too.

VIRTUOSI CONCERTS presents The Amelia Piano Trio

Virtuosi Concertsat the University of Winnipeg presents the Amelia Piano Trio in concert Saturday, March 31st at 8:00 pm in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. The concert features works by Haydn, Beethoven and Shostakovich. Tickets are $33. Students $15, eyeGO $5 by calling 786-9000 or at the door.

Program:

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN
Piano Trio No. 32 in A major, Hob. XV:18 (Allegro moderato, Andante, Allegro)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Piano Trio No. 2 in G major, Op. 1, No. 2 (Adagio: Allegro vivace, Largo con espressione, Scherzo: Allegro, Finale: Presto)

INTERMISSION

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 (Andante: moderato, Allegro con brio, Largo, Allegretto)

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