What do cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma and nineteenth-century Russian composer Anton Arensky have in common? Answer: the Davidov Stradivarius, named for cellist Karl Davidov (1838-1889).
Described by Tchaikovsky as the "czar of cellists," Davidov was head of the St. Petersburg Conservatory when Arensky was a student there.
Davidov's priceless 1712 cello lives on through the artistry of Yo-Yo Ma, to whom it is currently on loan.
Hear Arensky's lush and lyrical Piano Trio in D Minor, dedicated to Davidov's memory, in a concert by Sonoma State University resident chamber artists, Trio Navarro, on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Green Music Center's Joan and Sanford I Weill Hall.
The program also includes Schubert's first Piano Trio in B-flat. Trio Navarro is comprised of pianist Marilyn Thompson, violinist Victor Romasevich and cellist Jill Rachuy Brindel.
Tickets are $15, parking included, with discounts for students and seniors. Admission is free for SSU students with ID. Visit www.sonoma.edu/music/performances to buy tickets online, or call the university box office at (707) 664-4246. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center is located at the north campus entrance at Rohnert Park Expressway near Petaluma Hill Road. Parking is available in lots O and L.
Above, Trio Navarro members Victor Romasevich, Marilyn Thompson and Jill Brindel.