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Neave Trio performs in person in Nashua at The First Church, presented by First Music Concert Series

Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 3pm

Music by Clara Schumann, Lili Boulanger, and Astor Piazzolla

On Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 3pm, the Boston-based Neave Trio is presented by the First Music ConcertSeries in Nashua. The concert will be held at The First Church (1 Concord St.) for an in person, reduced capacity audience. Entry to the church building is through the sole entrance currently used, in the courtyard between the old and new buildings at the rear. Wearing masks is a requirement inside the church building for all attendees. First Music operates with full social-distancing principles and air exchange in the Sanctuary, for the safety and comfort of its patrons. Free admission. More information available at

Neave Trio’s program includes Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17, Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps, and Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The Schumann and Boulanger are part of a collection of works by women composers, spanning the Romantic era through the modern day, that Neave Trio has been performing around the U.S and worldwide.

Anna Williams, Neave Trio violinist, says, “There is so much great repertoire that is under-performed, especially from women composers, and we feel it is essential to program and record these masterworks alongside the more well-known catalogue of piano trio repertoire. These women really broke down barriers and paved the way for future generations and we are excited to honor their unique contributions and voices.”

Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17 is widely regarded as one of her best-known compositions. It was written after she endured a great personal loss and is full of heartfelt melodies and beautiful harmonies. You can hear her brilliant pianism, and arguably, musical inspiration that she provided to some of her famous male composer contemporaries. Lili Boulanger, noted by Gabriel Fauré as an incredible prodigy, was the first woman to win the Prix de Rome (1913). D’un matin de printemps is full of character and joy, though it was the last work she wrote before her death at the very young age of 24.

Neave Trio recorded Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires on its November 2018 album, Celebrating Piazzolla (Azica Records), which captures Piazzolla’s rich legacy through arrangements by one of the composer’s long time colleagues, José Bragato and by a younger protégé, Leonardo Suárez Paz. Gramophone describes their recording as “thrilling,” having “wild energy,” and “electrifying,” while Classics Today writes, “the energetic edginess, the snap, the rhythm sound convincing, totally invigorating, and authentic.”

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