Westport Arts Center's chamber music series presents Trio Solisti
Crowned "the most exciting piano trio in America" by The New Yorker magazine, Trio Solisti is comprised of violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff. Trio Solisti has earned a reputation for soulful and passionate performances marked by soloistic virtuosity, electric energy, seamless ensemble playing and thrilling abandon. These qualities have drawn high praise from such journals as The New York Times ("consistently brilliant") and The Washington Post ("unrelenting passion and zealous abandon in a transcendent performance.")
Performing a broad spectrum of styles, their versatility extends to new music, most notably to the work of Paul Moravec who composed his 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Tempest Fantasy, for Trio Solisti. One of America's most notable critics, Terry Teachout of The Wall St. Journal has proclaimed, "To my mind, Trio Solisti has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber-music ensemble of its kind."
Trio Solisti will perform Dvorak's F Minor Trio; Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (inspired by Vivaldi's Four Seasons); a work by Pulitzer Prize winner and former curator of the WAC chamber music series Paul Moravec; and the trio's own unique arrangement of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.
Presented under the artistic leadership of Westport native Russell Platt, a composer and a classical music editor at The New Yorker, the chamber music series will offer audiences in-depth and engaging programs at three season concerts. Following Trio Solisti, there will be two more programs at the Pequot Library, Southport: Rebel, a much-heralded group of baroque instrumentalists, on Sunday, Feb. 6, 3 p.m.; and British pianist, Simon Mulligan, celebrating the anniversary years of Chopin and Samuel Barber, on Sunday, April 10, 4 p.m.
Tickets to the WAC concert series are available online or by phone. Tickets are $25. In an effort to attract younger audiences to its concerts, the Arts Center recently added a $10 ticket for college students in addition to its $5 tickets for children ages 18 and under.
A limited number of $15 tickets are available for seniors at the Westport Senior Center. The Senior Center is located at 21 Imperial Ave. in Westport.
Patrons are invited to attend a post-concert dinner at The Brasserie Restaurant, 52 Sanford St. in Fairfield. The restaurant is offering 10 percent off any bill over $25 for people that attend the Trio Solisti concert. For reservations, call the restaurant directly at 203-254-8094.
The Westport Arts Center's 2010/2011 Chamber Music Series is generously supported by Howard J. Aibel, Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc., the Estate of Ruth Steinkraus Cohen and Herbert L. Cohen (Friends of Music), the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the National Endowment for the Arts, and members of the WAC Board of Directors and Chamber Music Committee.