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Roanoke College Announces Kandinsky Trio Concert

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SALEM, Va. - The Kandinsky Trio's second concert of its 2007- 08 season at Roanoke College will take place on Saturday, December 8, 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.

Guest soprano Elizabeth Weigle, called "beautifully accurate and exciting" by the New York Times, will perform two works by Mike Reid, one of America's most recorded and respected composers. To celebrate the Trio's 20th anniversary together, Reid, who will be in attendance, has composed "The Night House," poetry by Billy Collins, which will receive its premiere performance at this concert.

Reid, who penned the very popular and successful "Tales of Appalachia" for the Kandinsky Trio, is a former NFL all-pro with the Cincinnati Bengals and a multi-Grammy-award winner. For the last two decades, Reid's songs have been recorded by such acclaimed popular performers as Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Ronnie Milsap, Collin Raye, Anita Baker, Alabama and The Judds. Reid also has been named ASCAP's Writer of the Year.

Weigle's performances range from the baroque to world premieres across the United States and in Europe. She has performed with Opera Boston, Chautauqua Opera and American Bach Soloists and in such venues as the American Academy in Rome, Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood. Weigle has recorded for the Nonesuch, Erato, Albany and Koch labels. She was born in Harrisburg, Pa., and now lives in Philadelphia with her husband. Weigle teaches voice at St. Joseph's University and at her Philadelphia studio.

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 also 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.

A Kandinsky Trio performance from last season can be viewed online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9tfCidiUfw .

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 276 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 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

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