Spring Music - Reflecting a Season of Optimism

trio.jpegThe SSU music department faculty concert series continues with Spring Music by Trio Navarro on Sunday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in Room 1028 of the Green Music Center.

An ensemble-in-residence at SSU for 16 years, Trio Navarro is comprised of violinist Roy Malan and founding members Jill Rachuy Brindel, cello, and Marilyn Thompson, piano. The trio, one of the North Bay's most active chamber music ensembles, has performed virtually the entire standard piano trio repertoire and they are advocates of out-of-print and rarely performed works.

Their program includes:

• American composer Ned Rorem's Spring Music, a reflection on the season of optimism. He wrote it in 1989-90 for the Beaux Arts Trio in honor of Carnegie Hall's Centennial season. "After a slow beginning," says Marilyn Thompson, "there are fragments of melody that we decided sounded like ice breaking up." The five-movement work rounds off a seasonal cycle that includes Rorem's The End of Summer and Winter Pages.

• The Trio in A Minor by Austrian composer Carl Frühling (1868-1937) dates from around 1900. Written in the Romantic tradition for clarinet, cello and piano, Frühling's publisher asked for a violin part so that the work could be played by a standard piano trio, thus increasing the work's salability. Although the piece recalls the style of Brahms, Frühling's own originality is front and center and the work cannot in any sense be styled as imitative.

• Ludwig van Beethoven's E-Flat Trio, op. 70 no. 2 completes the program. Beethoven was an inveterate composer of works for three instruments: He penned six trios for violin, cello and piano; five for violin, viola and cello; and three more for other combinations. Paired with op. 70 no. 1, the so-called Ghost Trio, Beethoven wrote the two opus 70 piano trios while spending the summer of 1808 in Heiligenstadt, Vienna, immediately after finishing his Symphony No. 6, the Pastorale.

Ticket prices are $12 for general admission, $10 for SSU faculty, alumni and staff, $8 for seniors and non-SSU students, and free for SSU students. To purchase tickets contact the School of Performing Arts Box Office at (707) 664-2353. Ask about group sales and family ticket packages.

Green Music Center Room 1028 is a temporary concert space, until the completion of Schroeder's Recital Hall. It is located in the Music Education Building on the southern end of the GMC complex. The nearest parking is in Lot L. Parking is free on weekends. For directions to campus, visit www.sonoma.edu/university/maps.

For more information, or to buy tickets online, visit www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/perf/.

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