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Pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson have been performing together for 40 years, making the trio one of the longest-lived ensembles with all of its original members. Very early in the group’s existence, they performed at the White House for President Carter’s Inauguration in the late ‘70s. “The KLR players are superstars of the chamber music world” (The Washington Post), artfully balancing the careers of three internationally-acclaimed soloists while making annual appearances at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. A favorite ensemble of the Music in the Park Series audience, come hear why the Washington Post has emphatically stated, “Can we just be done with it, and declare the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio the greatest piano trio on the face of the Earth?”

About Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

KLR Trio

Joseph Kalichstein, piano
Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello

After thirty-eight years of success the world over, including many award-winning recordings and newly commissioned works, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences and critics alike with its performances. Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter’s Inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature. 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 making annual appearances at many of the world’s major concert halls, commissioning spectacular new works, and maintaining an active recording agenda.

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In addition to performances of André Previn’s acclaimed Trio No. 2, commissioned by the Music Accord consortium of presenters for the Trio’s 35th Anniversary, highlights of the 2014-15 season include recitals in New York City, Cincinnati, Miami, Washington DC, and the complete three-concert cycle of all the Beethoven trios for the Detroit Chamber Music Society.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio has just released a CD of works written for them by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich including her quintet, septet, and trio on the AZICA label. On the recording front, the Trio also recently released a 2-CD set of Schubert on the BRIDGE label. The Trio’s previous recording project, a 4-disc Brahms Cycle of the complete trios, was released in the Fall of 2009. Their Arensky & Tchaikovsky disc was released in October 2006 to great acclaim. KOCH also re-released many of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio’s hallmark recordings, including chamber works of Maurice Ravel; A Child’s Reliquary (piano trio) and In the Arms of the Beloved (double concerto) by Richard Danielpour; the complete sonatas and trios of Shostakovich; “Legacies,” filled with trios written especially for the group by Pärt, Zwilich, Kirchner and Silverman; and their beloved collection of the complete Beethoven Trios. Other highlights of their vast discography include a critically acclaimed all-Haydn CD (Dorian), recordings of the complete Mendelssohn and Brahms Trios (Vox Cum Laude), as well as Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra (Chandos).

In December 2001, Musical America named the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio the Ensemble of the Year for 2002. The 2003-04 season was their first as Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the Kennedy Center, an honor which has continued to thrill the Trio throughout subsequent seasons. They were also awarded the first annual Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artists Award (2002) by the Foundation for Recorded Music as well as in 2011. The steady stream of honors marks the high esteem that the classical music field holds for the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.

During their past seasons, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio has maintained a heavy touring schedule that has taken them across the globe. Memorable concerts over the years include the Trio’s 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; the Beethoven cycle on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series (the first time the complete Beethoven piano trios were performed at Lincoln Center), premieres of works by Richard Danielpour, Joan Tower, Stanley Silverman and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich as well as performances across America and Europe of new concertos written exclusively for the Trio by Zwilich and David Ott.

In Europe, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio has performed in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Lisbon, London, Vienna, and Paris, as well as at major international music festivals in Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Granada, Helsinki, Highlands, South Bank, Stresa and Tivoli. They have toured the British Isles with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in performances of solo, double and triple concertos.

Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson both serve on the esteemed instrumental and chamber music faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Music, where they began teaching in 2012. Both Mr. Laredo and Ms. Robinson were professors at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for seven years prior. Joseph Kalichstein continues as a long-revered teacher at the Juilliard School of Music.

In the words of American Record Guide, “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.”

 

Date & Venue

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ

Join us at 3pm in the church for a pre-concert talk with the artists.

Concert length is estimated to be 2 hours with one intermission.

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Program

ELLEN TAAFFE ZWILICH (b. 1939)
Pas de Trois (2016)  (8 min)

Pas de Trois was commissioned by a consortium of presenters through the International Arts Foundation: Anne and Harry Santen for Linton Chamber Music, Cincinnati, OH; the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC; Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Carmel, CA, Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; and La Jolla Music Society, La Jolla, CA. 
Additional Program Notes

Pas de Trois was commissioned for the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio in celebration of their 40th anniversary.  I had the honor and pleasure of writing a Piano Trio to mark their 10th anniversary, and that was the beginning of a long and inspiring relationship. Since that time I’ve written a Double Concerto for Violin and Cello; a Triple Concerto for the Trio; a Septet for Piano Trio and String Quartet; and a Quintet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass and Piano–all for my “musical family:” Joseph Kalichstein, Jaime Laredo, and Sharon Robinson.

My new piece, Pas de Trois, was designed to open a concert repeating the lengthy and intense program that brought the Trio together at the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter in 1977.

I decided to model this shorter work on the ballet tradition of Pas de Trois. In the 1st movement (Entrée), the trio bounds onto the stage and engages in various interactions. The 2nd movement (Variata e Coda) gives each of the three a solo turn, followed by an ensemble conclusion.

Pas de Trois was commissioned by a consortium of presenters through the International Arts Foundation: Anne and Harry Santen for Linton Chamber Music, Cincinnati, OH; the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC; Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Carmel, CA, Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; and La Jolla Music Society, La Jolla, CA.

Pas de Trois was written with great admiration and affection for the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, to whom it is dedicated. © Ellen Taaffe Zwilich 2016 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Piano Trio No.2, Op.66 (1845)  (34 min)

~ intermission ~

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Piano Trio in E-flat major, D.929, Op.100 (1827)  (60 min)

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