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July 14: Neave Trio performs music by women composers at Smithsonian American Art Museum

On Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 3pm, the Boston-based Neave Trio (Anna Williams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, cello; Eri Nakamura, piano) performs for the first time at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Eighth and F Streets, NW) as part of the free public program Steinway Series. The Neave Trio’s program features music by four distinguished women composers spanning the Romantic era through the modern day, including Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio; Amy Beach’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 150; Cécile Chaminade’s Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 11; and Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio. Click here for more information.

One of her most prominent pieces, Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio showcases her unique harmonic language, influenced by both the French and British styles of the early 20th century, as well as by folk music. Amy Beach’s trio was composed late in her career and incorporates lush romantic melodies over impressionistic tones and colors Primarily a concert pianist, Cécile Chaminade’s trio unifies the strings with the piano in a supportive, balanced setting. Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio is comprised of two movements: “Pale Yellow” and “Fiery Red.” Of the work, Higdon writes, “The colors that I have chosen in both of the movement titles and in the music itself, reflect very different moods and energy levels, which I find fascinating, as it begs the question, can colors actually convey a mood?” The Neave Trio has recorded the works by Amy Beach and Rebecca Clarke for release on Chandos Records in September 2019; those works will be paired with a trio by Louise Farrenc on the new album.

The Neave Trio has recently been featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, WGBH’s Front Row Boston, Radio Belgrade One, and among WQXR’s best-albums-of-the-year lists. 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, claiming, “their unanimity, communication, variety of touch, and expressive sensibility rate first tier.”

Watch Neave Trio perform Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires on WGBH’s Front Row Boston:

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