After 35 years of critically acclaimed success, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences with exhilarating performances that have made them superstars of the chamber music world. Sparks will fly in this one-night concert when they join forces with viola virtuoso Nokuthula Ngwenyama.
“It’s a rare luxury to hear music-making of such integrity and joy, and an equally rare privilege to be party to such an intimate musical conversation.”
–American Record Guide
(Sarasota, Florida) The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) continues its 2014 season with the powerhouse Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, with guest violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, on Monday, January 27, 2014, 8 p.m. The concert, part of SCA’s “Great Performers Series,” is at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. Individual tickets are $40, $50, $60, and $70. Tickets and information for the Great Performers Series are available by calling 941-955-0040 or visiting www.scasarasota.org.
After 35 years of critically acclaimed success, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences with exhilarating performances that have made them superstars of the chamber music world. Sparks will fly in this one-night concert when they join forces with viola virtuoso Nokuthula Ngwenyama. The evening’s program will feature works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Dvorak.
Thirty-six years after their 1977 debut at the White House, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jamie Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson continue to bring technical mastery, expressive depth and magnetism to the concert stage. As one of the only long-lived ensembles with all of its original members, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio balances the careers of three internationally acclaimed soloists while appearing together at the world’s major concert halls, commissioning new works and maintaining an active recording agenda. Memorable concerts over the years include a performance on Carnegie Hall’s Centennial Series; tours of Japan, New Zealand and Australia; a series with the Guarneri Quartet featuring Brahms’ entire literature for piano and strings; and the Beethoven Cycle as part of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series.
The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio has garnered a steady stream of awards and honors throughout its long career. Musical America named the group the 2002 “Ensemble of the Year.” The 2003-04 season was its first as Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the Kennedy Center, and it was awarded the “Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artists Award” by the Foundation for Recorded Music in 2002 and in 2011. The Trio was also honored by the Chamber Music Society of Detroit when it created the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award (KLRITA), an initiative designed to salute the group’s contribution to chamber music worldwide and to encourage and enhance the careers of promising young piano trios.
Born in California of Zimbabwean-Japanese parents, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama came to international attention when she won the coveted Primrose International Viola Competition, which she now presides over as director. Recently featured as a “Face to Watch” by the Los Angeles Times, Ngwenyama continues to garner great attention and critical acclaim as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Gramophone proclaimed Ngwenyama’s playing as providing, “solidly shaped music of bold, mesmerizing character,” and the Washington Post described her as playing, “with dazzling technique in the virtuoso fast movements and deep expressiveness in the slow movements.”
“We’re truly delighted to bring this beloved and storied trio to the Van Wezel this season,” says Joy McIntyre, president of the board of the Sarasota Concert Association. “The combined artistry of Joseph Kalichstein, Jamie Laredo, Sharon Robinson and Nokuthula Ngwenyama will provide for a truly memorable evening of extraordinary music-making.”
The next concert in the Great Performers Series is February 5 with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO). ECCO’s fresh interpretations of new and old works coupled with passionate and joyous playing have earned this conductor-less ensemble critical acclaim and an enthusiastic following worldwide.
The season continues on February 19 with the historic St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra. The Sarasota performance will be conducted by Nicolai Alexeev and feature pianist Denis Kozhukhin.
The 2014 season concludes with the Detroit Symphony, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, with piano soloist Olga Kern, on March 3. The symphony, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists. Slatkin, who was named “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the symphony’s 12th music director during its 2008-09 season.
All Great Performers Series concerts are at 8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Tickets are $40, $50, $60 and $70 and are available online at www.scasarasota.org.
The SCA also presents “Munchtime Musicales,” a series of free concerts featuring performances by high-caliber, area-based artists. The series is designed to offer a wide variety of musical genres, including classical, folk, and jazz, featuring both vocal and instrumental performers. The 2013-2014 concert season continues with the Jerry Eckert Jazz Trio (January 15, 2014); Lee Dougherty Ross and Joseph Holt in “Piano Duets” (February 19, 2014); Sarasota Opera Studio Artists (March 19, 2014); and the Gloria Musicae Singers (April 16, 2014). All performances are at noon at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Seating is open; no reservations taken. For more information about Munchtime Musicales, call 941-351-7467 or visit www.scasarasota.org.
About the Sarasota Concert Association
The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) exists to foster the development of an appreciation for the musical arts by sponsoring professional presentations that are not otherwise available in the community, through a not-for-profit, organized-audience plan. SCA aims to set reasonable fees for all performances. The organization is not designed to make a profit but does intend to be self-supporting. It provides outreach to all members of the regional community by offering a series of free concerts, Munchtime Musicales, held every year. For more information about SCA, visit www.scasarasota.org.