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Jan 5: Neave Trio performs Bernstein, Steinberg, Paterson in all-American program at DiMenna Center

On Friday, January 5, 2018 at 8pm the Neave Trio (Anna Williams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, cello; Eri Nakamura, piano) will present a program entitled Three Piano Trios from America to the Moon at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music’s Cary Hall (450 West 37th Street).

Tickets are $20 and available through Eventbrite (complimentary glass of wine included with ticket purchase)

This program of all-American music features music by two living American composers – Robert Paterson’s Moon Trio and the world premiere of Russell Steinberg’s Paleface, based on the acclaimed paintings of New York “psychological pop” artist Jerry Kearns. The concert also includes Leonard Bernstein’s Piano Trio, Op. 2 (1937), contributing to the worldwide tribute to the beloved composer, conductor, educator, and humanitarian’s 100th birthday.

Russell Steinberg’s Paleface (2017) explores the persistence of the American hero myth in three movements – “Wild West,” “Action Hero,” and “Into Night” – each paired with video projections created by Amanda Tiller of Kearns’ artwork. Robert Paterson’s Moon Trio (2015) ranges from the dreamlike to the explosive, exploring different lunar moods in four movements: “Moonbeams,” “Lunatic Asylum,” “Blue Moon,” and “Moon Trip.” Bernstein’s youthful Piano Trip, Op. 2 is included on the Neave Trio’s 2016 album, American Moments (Chandos), and was written while Bernstein was a student at Harvard studying with Walter Piston.

Since forming in 2010, the Neave Trio has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances. WQXR explains, “'Neave' is actually a Gaelic name meaning 'bright' and 'radiant', both of which certainly apply to this trio's music making.” The Boston Musical Intelligencer included Neave in its Best of 2014 and Best of 2016 roundups, writing, “it is inconceivable that they will not soon be among the busiest chamber ensembles going,” and “their unanimity, communication, variety of touch, and expressive sensibility rate first tier.”

Watch the Neave Trio perform Bernstein’s Piano Trio, Op. 2: Tempo di Marcia


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