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Release: March 24, 2000

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio premieres work by Grammy Award-winner Danielpour

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 in 1996.

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 in Rome.

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 former students.

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 David Ott.

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" trio.

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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