MAILED: Sept. 11, 2000
The internationally renowned Eroica Trio will open this season's Artists Series on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
A musically intense chamber ensemble with a cutting-edge style, the trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
"They play chamber music for the concert hall," wrote The New York Times. "There is an edge-of-the-seat intensity to every note they produce."
The Artists Series program will include Bach's Chaconne, from Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, arranged for piano trio by Oscar-winning film composer Anne Dudley; Paul Schoenfield's "Café Music for Trio," a 1986 work with echoes of jazz, spiritual and theater music; and a piano trio arrangement of Johannes Brahms' Sextet in B flat major, Op. 18.
The Eroica Trio has earned a reputation for technical mastery and dramatic performances. In 1986, while training at the Juilliard School of Music, pianist Erika Nickrenz, violinist Adela Peña and cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio discovered the musical synergy that has made them one of the first all-female ensembles to reach the top echelon of the chamber music field.
"The trio plays with technical flair, raw driven energy and high spirits," wrote The Wall Street Journal. "These women demonstrate that on musical merits they have earned their foothold on the very highest rung of the profession."
The Eroica Trio won the prestigious 1991 Naumburg Award, resulting in an acclaimed Lincoln Center debut, and has since toured the United States, Europe and Asia. While maintaining its demanding concert schedule, the ensemble has released three celebrated recordings for Angel/EMI Classics Records, garnering multiple Grammy Award nominations. The trio's next album, "Pasión," is scheduled for release in October and features works by Argentinean, Brazilian and Spanish composers.
Admission is $15 for the general public; $13 for those ages 62 and older and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff; or $5 for those ages 17 and younger and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.
Patrons also may charge tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they 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 telephone charge orders.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 13, 2000