(NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass.) – The Apollo Trio will perform works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Dvorák on Saturday, September 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Music & More series at the Meeting House in New Marlborough. Comprised of violinist Curtis Macomber, cellist Michael Kannen, and pianist Marija Stroke, the trio has been performing a wide range of standard and new repertoire for nearly 15 years.
The Apollo Trio has performed at numerous music festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including Mostly Mozart in New York, Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, and the Soirées des Junies Music Festival in Southern France, where they first played together in 1997. They have also performed at many prominent New York venues, such as Caramoor, Bargemusic, Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
They debuted at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2009, and are currently recording the complete piano trios by Antonin Dvorák.
Violinist Curtis Macomber is considered one of the most versatile soloists and chamber musicians performing today. His discography includes over 20 recordings, ranging from the complete String Quartets of Brahms to the Roger Sessions Solo Sonata. Of the latter, the American Record Guide said, “This is one of the best recordings of 20th Century solo violin music ever made.” A member of the 20th Century Music ensemble Speculum Musicae, Macomber spent 11 years as first violinist of the Naumburg Award-Winning New World String Quartet. He is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School in New York City.
Cellist Michael Kannen is the Director of Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Kannen, formerly of the Naumburg Award-Winning Brentano String quartet, has performed in major concert halls throughout the world, including London’s Wigmore Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and frequently in New York at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
The New York Times called pianist Marija Stroke “delightfully extroverted…[and] splendid.” She has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the City of London Festival, and Chamber Music Northwest. Stroke has appeared in New York recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie, Merkin Concert Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The trio will perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E flat Major, Opus 44, Shostakovich’s Piano Trip in E Minor, Opus 67, and Dvorák’s Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor (“Dumky”).
The concert will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 at the historic Meeting House on the Village Green in New Marlborough. A wine reception will follow in the Meeting House Gallery. Tickets cost $25/$20. Students with ID and children with parents are admitted for free. Visit www.newmarlborough.org or call 413.229.2785 for tickets, discounts and information.
Enjoy a 10% discount for a post-concert dinner at the historic Old Inn on the Green (rated “Best in the Berkshires” by Zagat) just next door. Call 413. 229.7924 for advanced reservations, which are required.