January 25, 2013


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Verdehr Trio will perform in concert Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

Each work on the evening's program has been composed specifically for the Trio over the last 40 years.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the continuing Gallery Series at the university. The Gallery Series, a public program of experimental and world music, was founded by William Duckworth, professor emeritus of music, as part of his commitment to fostering new audiences for contemporary music.

An acknowledged leader in the field of new music, the Verdehr Trio has molded and defined the personality of the violin-clarinet-piano trio. The Trio has created a large repertoire by commissioning more than 200 new works from some of the world's most prominent and exciting composers — known and unknown, young and old, from the United States and abroad.

The recipient of a Creative Programming Award from Chamber Music America, the Trio has performed throughout the world and in all 50 of the United States at major concert halls including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Library of Congress, Vienna's Brahmssaal, Sydney Opera House, London's Wigmore Hall, Auditorio de Madrid, Dvorak Hall in Prague, IRCAM Centre in Paris and Leningrad's Philharmonic Chamber Hall. The Trio has also played at various international festivals including the Spoleto Festival, Prague Spring Festival, the Vienna Spring Festival, the Warsaw Autumn Festival and the Grand Teton Music Festival.

In addition to trios, the group has also commissioned Trio Concertos from Buhr, David, Ott, Skrowaczewski and Wallace and performed these with Vienna's Tonkunstler Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, Prague Chamber Soloists, Vancouver CBC Orchestra, Grand Rapids and Flint, Michigan Orchestras as well as with the National Orchestra of Spain and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra. Recently the Verdehr has released a CD of Double Concertos for violin and clarinet by James Niblock, William Wallace and Dinos Constantinides.

The Verdehr Trio is in residence at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.

Other events in Bucknell's Gallery Series this semester include the Balkan a cappella trio Black Sea Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Samek Art Gallery, and an evening of new works by Bucknell composer Paul Botelho on Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall.

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