Archduke Trio in Concert September 3 presenting Haydn, Schumann and Shostakovich

Posted on August 31, 2015 by Keith Bohnet
Keith Bohnet

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The Archduke Trio

The Archduke Piano Trio (violinist Enen Yu, cellist Guo-Sheng Huang and pianist Robert Holm) celebrate their 10th season performing together with a program of works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Schumann.  Coming up Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 in the Laidlaw Recital Hall, the program will begin with Haydn's famous "Gypsy" Trio which culminates with the familiar spirited Rondo.  Shostakovich's World-War-II-era Trio in E minor could not be more contrasting:  From the beginning haunting melodies featuring the cello playing harmonics with soprano overtones and the piano doubling melodies at the extreme ranges of the instrument immediately paints a ghostly picture.  The third-movement's tolling death bells connects to the Finale where the violin plucks a sinister theme.  

Schumann's third and final piano trio composed in 1851 (during the time that the composer began to show signs of mental breakdown) begins with a bold, dark, sweeping theme; the second theme is lyrical and yields to a developmental fugato.  The slow movement features a duet between the strings set to a lilting waltz.  The final two movements are fast in tempo, the Finale, in G major,  featuring march-like  rhythms which alternate proud and satirical moods.

Tickets for this Musical Arts Series event will be sold at the door only.  Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty & staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only).  Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call (251) 460-7116 or (251) 460-6136.

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Musical Arts Series Season Pass Holders may now reserve their place at concerts if they contact events coordinator Keith Bohnet by 5:00 p.m. the day previous to the event!  Call (251) 460-7116 or email  Please mention the amount of seats needed AND be sure you are planning on being in place at least 20 minutes in advance of the concert!  (Pass Holders only please!  Held seats not claimed within 20 minutes of the performance may be offered to other concert attendees.)

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