This CONVERSATION AMONG FRIENDS explores the work of vastly different composers of chamber music. EPT will begin with three light-hearted, lyrical pieces for two violins and piano arranged from Dmitri Shostakovich’s music for the Soviet film, The Gadfly, pieces which entirely lack the brooding, sardonic darkness that often characterizes the composer’s work. This is followed by Ludwig van Beethoven’s joyful Opus 1, No. 2 Trio which – although sharing many of the characteristics of his contemporaries Haydn and Mozart – gives a “first glance” at the masterful, developing style of the young composer.
After a short “stretch break,” the concert continues with an exploration of color and sound palettes of the 20th century. A short, haunting Adagio by still living Latvian composer Maija Einfelde sets the stage for the lush Op. 35 Trio by Joaquin Turina, a remarkable amalgam of baroque techniques, impressionistic harmonies, and colors and dance rhythms of his native Spain.
The program closes with the gorgeous, bluesy middle movement and the jazzy first movement allegro from American composer Paul Schoenfield’s outrageous Café Music.
Performers in the Essex Piano Trio, all from Essex County communities along Boston’s North Shore, are violinist Ashley Offret of Salem, cellist/violinist David Cabral of Lynn, and pianist Beverly Soll of Rockport.
Admission free/donations welcomed