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Guild Trio to Give Chamber Music Concert on Sept. 24

Sept. 18, 2000 -- On Sunday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in Cabell Hall, U.Va.'s resident ensemble The Guild Trio opens the McIntire Chamber Music Series with adramatic alternative to Foxfield. The program centers around Bedrich Smetana's tragic and sorrowful G minor trio, and includes the C minor trio of Brahms, and a trio by Rebecca Clarke. Tickets are available through the Old Cabell Hall Box office at 924-3984.

Smetana wrote this trio in 1855, a period of great unhappiness for him. His private music school in Prague had failed financially, and the eldest of his four daughters, Fritzi, became his third child to die on Sept. 6, 1855. The trio was conceived as a work to pay homage to the music all talented Fritzi, and also as an outlet for his extreme grief. From the tragic chromaticism of the first movement to the work's triumphant conclusion, Smetana describes a journey from personal tragedy to are affirmation of life. "This is a deeply personal work," says Guild violinist Janet Orenstein. "Whether you are a listener or a performer, it takes hold of you with both its grandeur and its intimacy. "While not biographical in the same way, the Brahms is no less tragic in nature. Set in the terse and compact style of his late writing, this trio wears many hats. It moves from the epic first movement through an eeriescherzo and a warm hearted lullaby to a grand finale, and is a work worthy of many listenings. "The challenge of this piece is to capture the eloquent transitions between its many moods," says cellist Brooks Whitehouse. "It is drama distilled to its essence."

This particular program features the passionate and evocative trio of Rebecca Clarke. Clarke, a Brit who spent the second half of her life in the states, stunned the early twentieth century music world by placing second to renowned composer Ernst Bloch in a major composer's competition. In the sexist world of turn-of-the-century composers, it was a major achievement for a woman to place so highly. Join the Guild Trio for this exiting season opener.

CONTACT: Marcy Day, (804) 924-6492.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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