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Roanoke College Announces Kandinsky Trio Concert

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SALEM, Va. - The Kandinsky Trio's second concert of its 2006-2007 season at Roanoke College will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Olin Theater. Tickets are $20 for the general public/$12 for senior citizens and can be purchased by calling the Olin Box Office, Monday through Friday, 1 - 4 p.m. at (540) 375-2333 or online at www.roanoke.edu/tickets.

Storyteller and whistler Andy Offutt Irwin will be the featured guest on the first half of the concert. Performing by himself, Irwin will demonstrate his unique artistry as a Southern storyteller. Together with the Trio, he will perform as whistler in several songs arranged especially for the occasion by James Miley of Virginia Tech and Benedict Goodfriend of the Kandinsky Trio. Music to be performed will range from Jazz standards to Rumanian folk music. After intermission, the Trio will perform Dvorak's folk-inspired Trio in G minor, Op. 26.

When performing at the National Storytelling Festival last season, the Kandinskys were exposed to the brilliant art of Irwin. They were so taken with him that they felt compelled to put together this evening of collaboration. Irwin is a storyteller, comic, Southern balladeer, mouth effect artist and champion whistler. He has been called "amazing" by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution and accused of having an "acute folk sensibility" by the Wall Street Journal. He will team up with the Trio for a wonderful evening of storytelling and folk music. Included in the program will be Dvorak's elegiac, folk-influenced Opus 26, Trio in G minor.

With a voice like silly putty, Irwin has been described as "equal parts mischievous school boy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer." He is a native of Covington, Ga., and an artist-in-residence at Oxford College of Emory University. In addition to writing, performing and directing with the improv comedy troupe SAK Theatre at Walt Disney, he has enjoyed stints as an actor, camp counselor, political satirist, janitor, teacher and bullfrog tadpole catcher.

Now in its 19th season, the Kandinsky Trio (Benedict Goodfriend, violin; Alan Weinstein, cello; and Elizabeth Bachelder, piano) has performed worldwide in more than 175 cities. The Kandinsky Trio is described as "spirited and persuasive" by the American Record Guide, and "virtuosity, with spine-tingling precision" by the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Trio draws in new audiences with its passionate performances of masterworks and innovative ideas in redefining chamber music.

The Trio is one of only six piano trios ever to win the prestigious Chamber Music America Residency Award. In 1999, Senator Charles Robb (D-Va.) chose the Trio as Virginia's representative at the Kennedy Center's State Days series. The ensemble has also received awards from the Theodore Presser and Carpenter foundations for extending artistry and visionary residency ideas to under-served communities.

The Kandinsky Trio's newest CD, In Foreign Lands (Brioso), released in 2003, was selected by WNED (Buffalo and Toronto) as one of the best CDs of the year, and London's Music and Vision dubbed it "one of the year's best chamber music recordings." Described as "spirited and persuasive," (American Record Guide) and "virtuosity, with spine-tingling precision" (Cincinnati Enquirer), the Trio draws in new audiences with both its passionate performances of masterworks and innovative ideas in re-defining chamber music.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,970 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.