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Artists Series to conclude season with Amelia Piano Trio May 10

April 26, 2012
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Amelia Piano Trio
EAU CLAIRE — A May 10 performance by the Amelia Piano Trio will conclude this season's Artists Series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.

The program will include Haydn's Trio No. 32 in A Major, Hob. XV:18; Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2, by Beethoven; and Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67, by Shostakovich.

Known for charismatic performances in which they combine their accessibility with the rich history and repertoire of the piano trio, the Amelia Piano Trio has become known as one of the great young chamber ensembles.

Formed in 1999, the trio participated in Isaac Stern's Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in 2000. Stern became a mentor to the Amelia Piano Trio and presented the ensemble's Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall. Joining the roster of the Concert Artists Guild in 2001, the trio went on to win the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and to record CDs with Cedille Records and Naxos.

The Amelia Piano Trio has performed in many major halls, including the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, Seattle's Meany Hall and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Other performances include appearances at the Caramoor Music Festival in New York, the La Jolla Chamber Music Society, NPR's "St. Paul Sunday" and "Performance Today," Calgary Pro Musica, Merkin Hall and Bargemusic.

Amelia Piano Trio members are Anthea Kreston, violin; Jason Duckles, cello; and Andrew Armstrong, piano. Invited by National Public Radio to be the Young Ensemble-in-Residence, the trio presented a week of live concerts and interviews that put the Amelia Piano Trio firmly in the foreground of classical music in America, reaching an estimated 1.5 million listeners.

The ensemble has commissioned new music, including the first full-length piano trio by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison and a new triple concerto, "Orpheus and Eurydice," composed by Daron Hagen.

The Amelia Piano Trio is actively involved in arts education and dedicates a substantial amount of time to educational projects, master classes and coaching children and adults. The trio is in residence at the Green Lake Chamber Music Camp, where they teach gifted high school and college-age students the art of chamber music.

Tickets are $17 for the public, $15 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, or $7 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets for students are half-price, $3.50, until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students must pay the full student-ticket price.

Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center and also will be sold at the door.

Patrons also may charge their tickets to Discover, MasterCard or Visa when they purchase online or order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all online and telephone charge orders.

Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin. The Artists Series also is funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio, WHYS Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support.

The Artists Series is administered by the Activities, Involvement, and Leadership office of the University Centers.

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