All-Beethoven Program at Plymouth

October 4th, 2002 by Adam

The nationally acclaimed piano trio Triple Helix will present an all-Beethoven concert at the Silver Cultural Arts Center, Plymouth State College, at 8 p.m. Friday, October 18. A pre-concert talk for ticket holders by the trio is scheduled at 7 p.m.

The Boston Globe cited Triple Helix for best chamber music heard in Boston during 2000, describing their skill as “Emotionally charged, virtuoso playing.” Triple Helix is ensemble-in-residence at Wellesley College, where last season they performed the complete cycle of Beethoven piano trios to standing-room-only crowds—”the runaway hit of the chamber music season” noted the chief Globe critic.

The Los Angeles Times lauded the trio for their “splendid musical chemistry, virtually perfect dynamic balance, firm collective sense of rhythm, and fervor and authority when needed.”

Selections on the all-Beethoven program will be the Kakadu variations, Opus 121a; Trio in C minor, Opus, 1, No. 3 and the “Ghost” trio in D major, Opus 70, No. 1.

The trio was established in 1995 by three award-winning musicians. Violinist Bayla Keyes was a founder and long-time member of the Evian- and Naumburg-award-winning Muir String Quartet. She teaches at Boston University College of Fine Arts, is artistic director of Interlochen Chamber Music Festival, and is the founding director of the string quartet institute at Tanglewood. She is also an active performer with Musica Viva.

Cellist Rhonda Rider was the founding cellist of the Naumburg-award-winning Lydian String Quartet. She performs with the chamber players at Boston Conservatory, where she heads the chamber music program and is the founding director of the cello seminar. She has premiered works by contemporary composers Elliott Carter, Lee Hyla, Donald Martino and Steve Mackey.

Lois Shapiro, pianist, has performed as soloist and collaborative artist throughout the U.S. and abroad, playing concerts ranging from 18th century period-instrument performances to premieres of pieces written for her. A winner of the New York Concert Artists Guild Award, Shapiro has recorded on Afka, Channel Classics, Centaur, MLAR and Pierrot. She is on faculty at Wellesley College, Longy School of Music, and Brandeis University.

Triple Helix is sponsored in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts. As part of the NEA Regional Touring Program, the New England States Touring Program receives major support for the National Endowment of the Arts with additional support from the state arts agencies of New England. The program is presented by the Silver Series for the Performing Arts, during this 10th anniversary season of the Silver Cultural Arts Center.

Tickets are available at the Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS, Monday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m.