Contrasting themes inspire Kandinsky Trio's 'Contentment and Tragedy' program
October 9, 2015
"It’s music of pure inspiration," said the Kandinsky Trio’s Alan Weinstein, in reference to the group's upcoming chamber music performance at Virginia Tech.
The Kandinsky Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, in the Squires Recital Salon as a part of the Music on Mondays series presented by the School of Performing Arts.
The Kandinsky Trio is made up of Elizabeth Bachelder, piano; Benedict Goodfriend, violin; and Weinstein, a Virginia Tech music faculty member, cello. One the most successful chamber music groups in the U.S., the trio has performed for over 27 seasons, and over a thousand concerts, including notable appearances in New York at the Miller Theater and Merkin Hall as well as in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center. They have performed extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Canada. Closer to home, they are artists-in-residence at Roanoke College.
The program, entitled "Contentment and Tragedy," contrasts themes between two compositions. Mozart’s G Major Trio, K. 496, showcases a light and airy atmosphere, and embodies the positivity and idealism of the Age of Enlightenment. In contrast, Smetana's Trio in G Minor, Op. 15 is a haunting and dark piece which deals with ideas of death and devastation. Two recently commissioned works, "Burst" by Dan Cavanagh and "Searching for Razbliuto" by Robert Pannell, round out the program.
"We haven’t played the Smetana piece in about 10 years; it’s coming out of retirement," Weinstein said about the featured performance.
Tickets are $15 general, $12 senior, and $7 student, and may be purchased through the Squires ticket office, or by calling 540-231-5615. Tickets will also be available at the box office beginning one hour prior to the performance.
The "Music on Mondays" series showcases national and international guest artists and our talented faculty artists. There are 16 performances scheduled for the 2015-2016 season, with many free of charge. Main Street Inn is the hotel sponsor of the Music on Mondays series.
Squires Theatre is located in the Squires Student Center at 290 College Ave. on the campus of Virginia Tech. Free parking is available on weekends and after 5 p.m. weekdays in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Streets, in the Architecture Annex Lot on Otey Street, and the Perry Street/Prices Fork lots. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200. Alternative parking is available in the Kent Squire parking garage and the Farmers Market metered parking lot, both located on Draper Road. Additional downtown Blacksburg parking information can be found online.
If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Susan Sanders at 540-231-5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.
Written by Ryan McHugh of Blacksburg, Virginia, an arts leadership graduate candidate in the School of Performing Arts.