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AYA PIANO TRIO

Hailing from Philadelphia and the Curtis Institute, the AYA Piano Trio has already been together for seven years. Members include Angela Chan (violin), Ying Li (piano) and Andres Sanchez (cello). They have performed in a number of Music Festivals, won recognition in other Competitions and debuted in New York City at the Mannes New School Concert Series. These are notable accomplishments for three talented musicians who have just reached their early 20’s!

We feature them performing the Beethoven Piano Trio in Bflat Major, Op. 97, the Archduke. This being the 250 anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Chesapeake Music had planned to feature his work in this year’s Chamber Music Festival. The AYA Trio and I agreed that we could join in that celebration.

This work, named for Beethoven’s friend and student Archduke Rudolf of Austria, was first performed publicly in 1814 with Beethoven on piano. Due to his advancing deafness, this was the last public appearance of Beethoven as pianist, a great loss to the music world according to contemporary critics.

 

COLORES TRIO

Joining us from Zurich, Switzerland is the Colores Trio, a percussion ensemble formed in 2017 at the Zurich University of the Arts. They present a rich and varied repertoire of both contemporary works and new arrangements of classical works. Members include Fabian Ziegler, Luca Staffelbach and Matthias Kessler. These young musicians have already won wide recognition and awards throughout Europe and Chesapeake Music is looking forward to welcoming them to Easton next spring.

They are featured here in a performance of Camille Saint-Saens’ stirring work, Danse Macabre. The piece celebrates the ghostly ritual in which Death calls on the dead to dance for him until dawn mandates their return to their graves. Saint-Saens originally composed this as an art song for voice and piano in 1872. By 1874, it had expanded to a tone poem for full orchestra with the voice replaced by a solo violin.

This presentation is a special arrangement provided by ensemble member Luca Staffelbach. While musically striking, it is also a visual treat as the nimble hands of the musicians literally dance across the marimba, much as the dead must have danced in the original tale.

 

DIOR QUARTET

Hailing from Israel, Canada, St. Lucia and the USA, members of Dior Quartet founded their ensemble at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2018. The musicians include: Noa Sarid, Violin; Tobias Elser, violin; Caleb Georges, viola; and, Joanne Yesol Choi, cello. They have already distinguished themselves with prizes at several prestigious competitions and fellowships. Most recently, they were named the new Kuttner Quartet, the student string quartet-in-residence at Indiana University.

They are featured here in a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’ Quartet No. 9 in Eflat Major, Opus 117. Shostakovich composed 19 string quartets from 1938 to 1974. Challenged by the creative difficulties of composing under the repressive Soviet government and personal difficulties through three marriages, his quartets were frequently dark and somber. The 9th, however, was created during a quieter time in his life with a thawing of governmental repression and a new marriage. Indeed, the quartet is dedicated to his new bride.

The piece is composed of five continuous movements with several motifs repeated throughout. With his own life in balance, Shostakovich experimented in some new forms and also reminisced about earlier quartets. The piece is rich and vibrant and often described as ecstatic. Our young Dior Quartet’s execution reflects the energy and spirit intended by Shostakovich.

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