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Smetana Trio

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center

7:30 p.m.


Bedrich Smetana  ·  Trio in G minor, Op. 15
Roman Haas  ·  Multicultural Suite
Antonin Dvorak  ·  Trio in F minor, Op. 65


The Smetana Trio — founded in 1934 by legendary Czech pianist Josef Palenicek, violinist Alexandr Plocek and cellist Frantisek Smetana — is today recognized as the premier piano trio in its native Czech Republic. Current members Jitka Cechova (piano), Jiri Vodicka (violin) and Jan Palenícek (cello) have perpetuated the interpretational ideals of their predecessors as well as other superlative 20th-century soloists active in chamber music. 

“There is nothing routine about the Smetana Trio’s approach to this engaging repertoire," wrote BBC Music Magazine, which praised the trio's "gripping emotional range and flawless technique" in performing the Antonin Dvorak work that is on the Artists Series program. "Crisp, determined passages contrast with moments of sublime legato where bowing is so flawless that the cello's and violin's interlocking melodies melt into one inseparable world. The three performers listen to each other so acutely that, if you were at a live performance, you'd be afraid to breathe for fear of interrupting. … They live the music and you can't help but to live it with them." 

The Smetana Trio has toured extensively as both chamber music ensemble and orchestral soloists. The trio has worked with conductors such as Jiri Belohlavek, Libor Pesek, John Axelrod and Stanislav Vavrinek, and orchestras including the Bamberg Symphony, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic and Moravian Philharmonic. They have appeared as guests in festivals and concert series in Cambrai, Aix-en-Provence and Nice in France and Munich, Würzburg and Tübingen in Germany. In 2011 the Smetana Trio was invited to tour in the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Italy and Egypt. In 2013 they returned to North America for dates in New York, Vancouver and San Diego, and performed throughout Europe.

The Smetana Trio has an extensive discography and has recorded exclusively for Supraphon since 2000. The trio's disc with works by Smetana, Suk and Novak received awards from the French magazines Diapason and Le Monde de la Musique, and was selected by BBC Music Magazine as its chamber music recording of the month. Their all-Dvorak disc received BBC Music Magazine's Chamber Award for 2007, and it was one of the ten albums awarded the prestigious Diapason d’Or that year.

MUSIC CLIPS including Dvorak's Trio in F minor, Op. 65

$17  General Public
$15  UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$  7  UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $3.50 until the day of the show
All seats are general admission

The Artists Series is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Wisconsin Public Radio and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support.