Roanoke College Announces Kandinsky Trio December Concert

 SALEM, Va. —Roanoke College will host “Masterworks of Austria, Spain and France,” the second concert of the Kandinsky Trio’s 2005-2006 season on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Olin Theater.  Tickets are $20 for the general public and $12 for senior citizens and students.  To purchase tickets, call the Olin Box Office Monday through Friday from 1-4 p.m. at (540) 375-2333 or visit www.roanoke.edu/tickets.

This concert will explore music from Austria, Spain and France over a 200-year period.  The program will feature one work from each country.  The Trio will perform Austrian Joseph Haydn’s earthy Trio in A Flat Major, contemporary Spanish composer Luis Gasser’s “Tema,” and French nationalist Ernest Chausson’s Trio in G Minor. 

In its eighteenth season, the Kandisky 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 Kandinsky Trio has performed worldwide in more than 175 cities, including New York, Washington, San Francisco, Banff, Budapest, Vienna and Zagreb.  London’s Music and Vision described the Trio’s newest compact disc, “In Foreign Lands,” released in 2003, as “one of the year’s best chamber music recordings.” 

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. 

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 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.