2016-11-19 Zodiac Trio

Audience as Critic


THE AUDIENCE AS CRITIC – NOVEMBER 19, 2016

“FANTAZYE”

ZODIAC TRIO

Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet
Vanessa Mollard, violin;
Riko Higuma, piano

PROGRAMME

Peter Schickele
Serenade for Three

Carl Maria Von Weber
Grande Duo Concertante for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, Op. 48, J. 204

Dmitri Shostakovich
Three Duets, from The Gadfly, Op. 97d

Astor Piazzolla
Milonga del Ángel
La Meurte del Ángel

Johannes Brahms
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

Andrew List
Klezmer Fantazye

YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM
Thomas Ingram, clarinet
Lisa Rumpel, piano

Camille Saint Saëns
Sonata in E flat major, Op. 167, IV. Molto Allegro

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

Dynamic! Right from the first note.  On a scale at 1 – 10, the musicianship was 15!  Thanks for the delightful vignettes from Shostakovich, and of course, Brahms! The tempos, the rhythms, the teamwork, were all incredibly fine – and dynamic! (DL)

First portion energetic and most enjoyable.  Upbeat, joyful evening. Wonderful musicians. (JC)

Zodiac – loved the Piazzolla!!! and the List. Fun programming.  Completely held my interest. Only wish the violinist would smile more.  Agree the Shostakovich better with the clarinet. (MS)

PDQ (Schickele) – Hilarious.  Piazzolla – Weird, but wonderful.  Wonderful performances.  Loved the Klezmer. (DW)

A masterful show!  Having the new musicians (Young Artists) [perform] was a great idea. (DI)

Very enjoyable.  Such a talented Trio.  Thank you. (Anon)

Fun, lively.  Great program.  Great Trio! (CD)

Excellent!! (Anon)

Violinist would be easier to see and sound better if facing sound-hole to audience, instead of corner.  Otherwise great! (Anon)

Superb programming, great venue, truly concerts to look forward to through the season.  Would be nice though, if patrons could refrain from wearing scented products for the sake of those with allergies.  Maybe if people understood scent allergies can cause piercing pain in the head, nausea, and blocked ears, they might comply. (Anon)

Three neophyte concertgoers from Prof. Strub’s course Psychology and the Arts:

  1. The Virtuosi Concert was a very enjoyable experience. My only experience with live classical music in the past had been playing in a school band; hearing professionals was quite different, and honestly much more enjoyable!  The Zodiac Trio really sounded as if they were playing with one musical voice.  Though their instruments were so different they blended so well together.  I particularly enjoyed the slower pieces of music, though I was amazed at the more lively pieces, and how fast they were able to play their instruments.  I also really enjoyed hearing the younger musicians at the beginning; they were so talented and obviously this was a great opportunity for them.  It was nice to see how captivated the people around me were; some were tapping their feet, and some were even singing along to the music!  It was clear that everyone there was having a great time, myself and my classmates included.
  2. The welcoming atmosphere was the first thing I noticed at this concert. I liked the small and imitate venue.  I believe having a smaller venue makes the audience feel connected to each other, and to the performers. Everyone working made the audience members feel at home, and I enjoyed the fact that there was wine tasting (I saw many other people enjoying this wine tasting too).  Also, I think it was a good idea to have two young musicians open the show.  I like seeing young people who are passionate and talented, it’s very refreshing and inspiring.  I didn’t know what to expect because I have never been to a classical music concert, and I didn’t listen to the Zodiac Trio, or any of the pieces they were going to be playing before the show.  Therefore, the opening piece was exciting to me partially because of the sheer speed they could play their instruments.  I liked how Kliment would introduce each piece before they started playing, and I think this made the audience feel more connected to him.  My favourite performance was the first one after the intermission, and the first one of the show.  I enjoyed hearing all three instruments together, more than only hearing two at a time.  One thing I paid close attention to was the way each person was moving their bodies while playing their instruments.  I felt my eyes were on Vanessa the most, and the violin was definitely my favourite instrument to listen to.  I would attend more concerts in the future.  This was a refreshing and eye-opening experience for me.
  3. This was only the second or third concert I have been to, but the first where I was old enough to fully enjoy the music. It was a very unique experience for me, and I discovered that I really enjoyed the way the violin and clarinet harmonized, but in almost every piece, with the exception of the last one, the piano sounded disjointed and mostly unpleasant.  I was able to get around this unpleasant feeling by focusing on the other instruments.  I have never listened to a professional piano player intently before, and so I always assumed that amateur piano players just didn’t have a full grasp of the instrument yet, but this concert made me realize there was something more to it than that.  Overall, however, I thoroughly enjoyed the concert and would enjoy going again.