SALEM, Va. - The Kandinsky Trio's fourth and final concert of its 2007-2008 gala 20th-anniversary season at Roanoke College will take place on Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m. in the Olin Theater. Tickets are $15 for the general public/$10 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased by calling the Olin Box Office, Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. at (540) 375-2333.
Continuing this season's celebration of the piano trios of Beethoven, the program will open with his Trio in E-flat major, Op. 1, No. 1. Guest artist James VanDemark, double bass, will join the Kandinskys in a performance of Libby Larsen's witty "Four on the Floor" and, following intermission, guest violist Lenny Schranze will join VanDemark and the Trio in the "Trout Quintet" of Franz Schubert.
Professor of double bass at the Eastman School of Music since 1976, VanDemark is one of the most sought-after bassists performing today. His chamber music collaborations include Yehudi Menuhin, the Cleveland and Guarneri Quartets, Andre Watts and Alfred Brendel. He has performed as a soloist with numerous companies, including the New York Philharmonic, Grant Park Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony and the Netherlands Radio Symphony.
A founding member of the Ceruti String Quartet and recipient of the Gruber award, Schranze is currently associate professor of viola at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of music at the University of Memphis. He is a former faculty member at Furman University, The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, South Carolina. As a chamber musician, he has performed in concert halls around the country and has performed internationally in Switzerland, South Korea, and Brazil. 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.
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.