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Feb. 6, 2004

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Plays Beethoven and Shostakovich Feb. 24

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, a long-time favorite of Iowa chamber music audiences, will return to perform music by Beethoven and Shostakovich at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

The concert, presented by Hancher Auditorium, will feature Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio and Variations on "Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu," and the Shostakovich Trio No. 2 in E minor in a Feb. 24 Clapp Recital Hall concert.

Pianist Joseph Kalichstein will also present a master class, open for public observation free of charge, at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building. And violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson will offer a free master class at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Harper Hall.

Performing as a team for more than a quarter century, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio has combined personal charm, musical passion and the highest standard of performance to build a dedicated following worldwide.

A New York Times story summarized, "At rare intervals, some fortunate grouping turns out to have all the ingredients in the proper proportions and we see the birth of a Budapest, a Juilliard, a Guarneri, a Beaux Arts. Another of these chancy experiments has resulted in the formation of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio."

And a Chicago Tribune story declared, "The ensemble consisting of pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson stands apart. There can be few chamber groups whose members are so evenly and expertly matched, who can convey the shear pleasure of making music so spontaneously. Individually and collectively, these musicians are special."

Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio is widely regarded as the profound pinnacle of music for the piano-violin-cello combination -- a "mighty masterpiece," in the words of one critic. By contrast, the "Kakadu" variations, written in 1803, had their source in a popular tune from a theatrical comedy.

Shostakovich's Trio No. 2, written in 1944 in the depths of war, has been described as "a grim masterpiece." The composer used Jewish folkdance tunes in this covert tribute to the victims of the Holocaust who were forced by the SS to dance beside their own graves -- an intention he had to disguise because of the Soviet state's rampant anti-Semitism. The overt dedication accounted for the atmosphere of horror and grief by memorializing a non-Jewish friend who died of heart failure

The Iowa House Hotel and the Wendell F. Miller Fund are sponsors of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for the Feb. 24 concert are $30; UI student $12; senior citizen $24; youth $15

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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