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Release: March 24, 2000
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio premieres work by Grammy Award-winner
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, old friends of
Hancher Auditorium chamber-music audiences, will perform the world premiere
of "A Child's Reliquary" by Grammy Award-winning composer Richard
Danielpour as part of a Hancher Millennium Festival concert at 8 p.m. Thursday,
April 13 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.
The concert program also features the Trio in G. Major, opus 1, number 2
by Beethoven, and Brahms' Trio in B Major, opus 8.
The musicians -- pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and
cellist Sharon Robinson -- will focus on the Brahms trio in a free "What
Makes It Great?" event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in Meeting Room
A of the Iowa City Public Library. The event will be broadcast live on the
library's cable channel 10 and to sites on the Iowa Communication Network.
Danielpour has established himself as one of the most popular contemporary-classical
composers of his generation. He writes music that is eclectic but essentially
American, synthesized from influences as diverse as Aaron Copland and musical
theatre. Danielpour's music is big and brilliant, filled with propulsive energy
and rich with reminiscences of Bernstein, Copland, Stravinsky, Shostakovich
and other 20th-century masters.
"A Child's Reliquary" was written as a memorial to the 18-month-old
son of Susan and Carl St. Clair. Carl St. Clair is the musical director of
the Pacific Symphony Orchestra where Danielpour is resident composer.
"I know nothing more tragic or heartbreaking than the death of a child,"
Danielpour writes. "The work was intended as a kind of 'kindertotenlieder'
(songs for the death of a child -- the title of a work by Gustav Mahler) without
words -- and everything in the piece, including references to the Brahms 'Cradle
Song' -- relates to its initial inspiration. The work . . . is dedicated to
the memory of Cole Carson St. Clair."
Busy with commissions, awards and grants, Danielpour has also enjoyed the
success of hundreds of performances of his work. Sony Classical, in recognition
of his unique place in contemporary music, signed him to an exclusive contract
Danielpour has received commissions from many of the most prestigious ensembles
and artists in the United States, including Frederica von Stade, Jessye Norman,
the New York Philharmonic, Yo-Yo Ma, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Dawn Upshaw,
the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Emanuel Ax, the Baltimore Symphony,
and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. "A Child's Reliquary" was
co-commissioned by Hancher Auditorium and the Tisch Center of the 92nd St.
Y in New York.
Among Danielpour's many awards and grants are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a
Rockefeller Foundation Grant, the Bearns Prize from Columbia University, the
Charles Ives Fellowship, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy
and Institute of Arts and Letters and two Barlow Foundation grants. He has
held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the American Academy
Hailed by the New York Times as "one of the best blended, most sensitive
and intelligent piano trios in the world today," the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson
Trio has demonstrated unusual stability during a career of more than 20 years.
Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter's inauguration
in January 1977, the trio has shared classic works and new repertoire with
loyal audiences around the world with no change in personnel. One of the very
few chamber music ensembles to retain all its original members, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson
Trio balances the careers of three internationally acclaimed soloists and
maintains its musical mission through both close personal friendship and a
strong dedication to music.
The 1999-2000 season of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio has seen the
February release of their two-disc set on Arabesque Records of the complete
chamber works of Ravel. That month, the Trio took part in a Carnegie Hall
concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of Jaime Laredo's Carnegie debut
recital, joining many of his long-time musical collaborators, friends and
The season has also included performances in Washington, D.C., the Concertgebouw
in Amsterdam, and a tour of Australia and New Zealand. In the summer 2000,
they will be featured at the music festivals of Aspen and Santa Fe.
Highlights over the years include the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio's
performances on Carnegie Hall's "Centennial Series," which helped
celebrate the 100th birthday of one of this country's most illustrious music
centers; a Brahms cycle with the Guarneri Quartet featuring his entire literature
for piano and strings; a Beethoven cycle on Lincoln Center's "Great Performers"
Series -- the first time the complete Beethoven piano trios were performed
at Lincoln Center; and performances with orchestras across America of new
triple concertos written especially for the Trio by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and
Recently signed to Arabesque recordings, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson
Trio has recorded the complete string sonatas and trios of Shostakovich and
a disc of new works written for the Trio by Arvo Paert, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich,
Leon Kirchner and Stanley Silverman.
Other highlights of the Trio's extensive discography include a critically
acclaimed all-Haydn CD for Dorian, recordings of the complete Mendelssohn
and Brahms Trios and Beethoven "Kakadu" Variations and the "Archduke"
Hancher's season-spanning Millennium Festival -- the nation's most ambitious
and extensive performing-arts millennium celebration -- features more than
20 major commissions in music, theater and dance, with 15 of the commissioned
works and productions receiving their world or American premieres in Hancher.
In addition to the "A Child's Reliquary," new works have been
created by artists including theater visionary Robert Lepage; choreographers
Twyla Tharp, Ushio Amagatsu, Bill T. Jones, UI alumnus Lar Lubovitch, Susan
Marshall, Paul Taylor, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; and composers Richard Danielpour,
Michael Daugherty, Paul Schoenfield and UI alumnus David Lang.
Performances of the commissioned works have involved prominent ensembles
including American Ballet Theatre, Twyla Tharp Dance, the Australian Chamber
Orchestra, Bang on a Can, the Kronos Quartet, Dawn Upshaw, the Alvin Ailey
American Dance Theatre, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Sankai Juku, the Bill
T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Ahn Trio and the Ethos Percussion Group.
The Millennium Festival Danielpour commission was supported by funds from
the National Endowment for the Arts. The Iowa City Public Library event is
supported by the Wendell F. Miller Fund.
Tickets to the April 13 concert are $26 (20 percent less for UI students
and senior citizens, and half price for youth) from the Hancher box office.
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impairment who use that technology.
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