Third Annual Meeting

Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

April 1-2, 2005

Kandinsky Trio to Perform at Wilkes University

The Wilkes University Concert and Lecture Series is pleased to announce that the reknowned Kandinsky Trio will perform on campus in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts on April 1, 2005.   Described as "spirited and persuasive" (American Record Guide's "Music in Concert"), 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.

Founded in 1987, the Kandinsky Trio, Elizabeth Bachelder, piano, Benedict Goodfriend, violin, and Alan Weinstein, cello, has quickly established itself as one of America's foremost chamber ensembles.  This award-winning trio took its name from the famous abstractionist artist Wassily Kandinsky, who believed that color could become like music in its interrelationships of tones and intensities. 

The ensemble currently is in residence at Roanoke College in Virginia.  In addition to concerts in the Roanoke area, the Kandinsky Trio has appeared in recital, on radio and television broadcasts, and has received an array of honors and awards.  One of the Kandinsky's missions is "to keep alive the performance of some of the greatest music ever written in a time when shrinking audiences and invasive popular culture threaten its existence."  

The April 1 program includes Entre nous, a work composed for the Kandinsky Trio by Ellsworth Milburn, former Professor of Music and Chair of the Composition and Theory Department at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and currently a resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  This work was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, an affiliate of Music Teachers National Association, in 2002 and was premiered by the Kandinsky Trio at the 2002 PMTA Annual Conference at Susquehanna University.

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