Roanoke College

Kandinsky Trio Concert


SALEM, Va.- The Kandinsky Trio concert originally scheduled for January 29 has been rescheduled for Friday, February 25 at 8 p.m. in the Olin Theater on the Roanoke College campus. All the tickets from the January 29 concert will be honored and additional tickets are available. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $12 for senior citizens and students and can be purchased by calling the Olin Box Office, Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m., at (540) 375-2333 or online at Tickets are free for Roanoke College community.

Guest artist Amadi Hummings, viola, will join the Kandinsky Trio for the third concert of its 2004-2005 series. The program will open with the E Flat Major trio of Haydn, Hob. XV, No. 29. Presumably composed between 1794 and 1795 during the composer's second visit to England, it is one of three trios written at this time and dedicated to Therese Jensen-Bartolozzi, an important pianist and a pupil of Clementi in London.

Hummings will join the Kandinsky Trio in the second work on the program, "Run" by Virginia composer Judith Shatin. According to the composer, the one-movement piece, completed in 2002, was inspired by the perceptual grouping experiments of cognitive psychologist Michael Kubovy and the pointillist paintings of Andrew Forge.

After intermission, Hummings and the Kandinsky Trio will perform the Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 15 of Gabriel Faure. Although it was Faure's first venture into chamber music composition, this quartet has become his most popular chamber work.

Hummings has been heard in concert in major cities across the globe, such as New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Toronto, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, New Delhi, and throughout the Caribbean, South America and Central America. In recent seasons, he has performed with the St. Lawrence, Arianna, Corigliano, Anderson, Chester and Harrington string quartets. He has taught chamber music at the Brevard Music Center, the North Carolina School of the Arts summer session, the Mammoth Lakes (Calif.) Chamber Music Festival and the Aria International Summer Academy in London, Ontario. Hummings also has given masterclasses at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, West Texas State University, the Boston Symphony's Project STEP and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Born in New York City in 1969, Hummings earned his bachelor's degree at the New England Conservatory and his master's degree at Indiana University. His major teachers were Sally Peck, Marcus Thompson and Atar Arad.

Now in its 17th season, the Kandinsky Trio (Benedict Goodfriend, violin; Alan Weinstein, cello; and Elizabeth Bachelder, piano) has performed world-wide in more than 175 cities nationally and internationally. The Kandinsky Trio also has been heard at such venues as the Interlochen Festival, the Concert Society at Maryland, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, Cincinnati's Aronoff Center and the Center for the Arts at Penn State. Its recordings are aired regularly on Boston's WGBH,

Chicago's WFMT and the Maine, Georgia, Nevada, Wisconsin and Minnesota Public Radio Networks. Live performances have been broadcast on the "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour," numerous times on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and WNYC's "Around New York."

The trio's newest CD, In Foreign Lands (Brioso), released in 2003, was selected by WNED (Buffalo and Toronto) as one of the 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.

In 2002, the trio was in residence at the European/American Masterclasses at the Hindemith Center in Blonay, Switzerland and continues its annual residency at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach,

The trio is one of only six piano trios ever to win the prestigious Chamber Music America Residency Award. In 1999, the Kandinsky Trio was honored to be chosen by Senator Charles Robb as the representative of the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Kennedy Center's "State Days" series. In addition, the ensemble has received awards from the Theodore Presser and Carpenter foundations to extend its artistry and visionary residency ideas to under-served communities.

The Kandinsky Trio regularly collaborates, both at home and on tour, with such artists as bassist James VanDemark, violinist/violist Ida Kavafian, cellist Steven Doane, soprano Dawn Upshaw, composer Gunther Schuller, storyteller Connie Regan-Blake and jazz legend Larry Coryell. The trio's innovative projects have included Mike Reid's Tales of Appalachia for Trio and storyteller, commissioned for the trio by nine presenting organizations and performed on over 100 concert series, and John D'earth's "Natural Bridge," for trio, jazz bass and guitar with jazz great Kurt Rosenwinkel.