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Kandinsky Trio celebrates a quarter-century of music making


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BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 10, 2012 – The Kandinsky Trio, comprised of Elizabeth Bachelder, piano; Benedict Goodfriend, violin; and Alan Weinstein, cello, will present a concert on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon at Virginia Tech. It is one of eight concerts that are a part of the 2012-13 University Chamber Music series presented by the School of Performing Arts and Cinema at Virginia Tech.

The concert celebrates the 25th anniversary season of the Kandinsky Trio and includes a unique commissioning project entitled "25 X 25," a project of 25 short pieces written by 25 composers. Also on the program is Beethoven's delightful Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1, and Brahms' remarkable Trio in B-Major, Opus 8. In addition, Virginia Tech composer and faculty member Kent Holliday, and two of his former students, Tim Mauthe and Vladimir Smirnov, debut new works.

The Kandinsky Trio is celebrating one of the longest and most successful artist residencies in the United States with over a thousand concerts of high caliber chamber music in the U.S., Europe, and Canada. They draw new audiences with both their passionate performances of masterworks and innovative ideas in re-defining chamber music. 

The Trio is one of only six piano trios ever to win the prestigious Chamber Music America Residency Award. In 1999, the Kandinsky Trio was chosen by Sen. Charles Robb as the representative of the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Kennedy Center’s State Days series. In 2002, the Trio was in residence at the European/American master classes at the Hindemith Center in Blonay, Switzerland, and continues one of this country’s most enduring chamber music residencies at historic Roanoke College in Salem, Va. In March 2010, the National Education Association recognized the Kandinsky Trio’s  achievement with an American Masterpieces grant to tour and record the jazz influenced chamber music of Gunther Schuller and John D’earth. The CD will be released in 2013.

Tickets are $15 general, $12 senior/faculty/staff, and $5 student and are available at the Student Centers and Activities Ticket Office on the first floor of Squires Student Center. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 540-231-5615. Tickets will also be available at the box office beginning one hour prior to the performance.

Free parking is available in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street, in the Architecture Annex Lot on Otey Street, and the Perry Street/Prices Fork lots. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200. Alternative parking is available in the Kent Squire parking garage or the farmer's market metered parking lot, both located on Draper Road. Additional downtown Blacksburg parking information can be found online.

Other upcoming concerts in the University Chamber Music series are Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble on Oct. 22; New York Polophony on Nov. 14; Ensamble Quito 6 on Feb. 23; Jeremy Denk on March 24; and Colorado Quartet April 13 and 14.