The most active touring piano-wind chamber music ensemble in the world performs at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Friday, at 8 p.m. when the Jamestown Concert Association presents the Poulenc Trio.
Comprised of Bryan Young, bassoonist; Vladimir Lande, oboist; and Irina Kaplan, pianist, the trio was founded in 2003 and has performed all over the United States and in music festivals around the world. Hailed by the Washington Post for its "intriguing and beautifully played program, convincing elegance, and near-effortless lightness and grace," the Poulenc Trio brings together three uniquely gifted virtuosos.
Young serves as the principal bassoonist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and is a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis; Lande, in addition to playing the oboe, is the principal guest conductor of the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra; and Kaplan trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and is now on the piano faculty at Peabody Conservatory. As the finest of a select few professional wind trios, they are committed to expanding their repertoire through the rediscovery of old masterpieces and the commissioning of new works. Since its founding, the Trio has greatly expanded the repertoire available for the oboe, bassoon and piano, with 20 new works written for and premiered by the group.
The Friday evening concert will include pieces by Handel, Shostakovich, Alfred Schnittke, Laura Kaminsky, and, of course, Francis Poulenc, the French composer from whom the group takes its name. For more information on the trio, go to www.poulenctrio.org. Tickets are available at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts Box Office, Chautauqua Music, Germaine & Pappalardo, Trinity Guitars, Wright's Music Shed, or call 484-7070 or 487-1522.
Group rates and student-bring-a-parent discounts are available. Students 18 years and under are admitted free with paid adult. Corporate sponsors for the event are Chautauqua Music, Germaine & Pappalardo Music Shoppe and Jamestown's Rental Properties, LLC.
The Jamestown Concert Association is funded in part by the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, the United Arts Appeal of Chaut. Co., and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. For additional information about JCA's concerts and schedules, go to www.jamestownconcertassociation.org.