The Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio

Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 4pm


Trio in E-flat, K.498 “Kegelstadt Trio”, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata No. 1 for Clarinet and Piano in F minor, Op. 120, Johannes Brahms
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 100, Johannes Brahms
Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano (1938), Bla Bartk

In the musical world of temperamental artists, it is rare that three distinguished soloists can come to together to form a successful and happy touring ensemble. And it is even rarer that such an ensemble can take advantage of the extensive and brilliant chamber repertoire written for clarinet. But occasionally it does happen – as in the case of clarinet, violin and piano virtuosos David Shifrin, Ani Kavafian and Andre Michel Schub, all of whom have performed as soloists with the major orchestras of the world. The three have been friends and colleagues for a long time, often pooling their talents for performances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the major summer music festivals. For the past few seasons, however, they have struck a more serious and permanent chamber music alliance, and one that has yielded happy results for them and for the music audience.

On Sunday, October 15, 2006, the trio will open the 59th season of the Wilton Candlelight Concerts season with a program of Mozart (the “Kegelstadt Trio,” Brahms (Sonata No. 1 for Clarinet in F minor, Op. 120, and Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 100) and Bart?k (The Contrasts for Violin,Clarinet, and Piano (1938). The Boston Globe recently wrote of the “KKS” (as they have dubbed themselves) “No praise can be too high for the three hypervirtuosos.” Incidentally all three of them live relatively locally: Kavafian in North Westchester County, Schub in New York City, and Shifrin in the Silvermine area of Norwalk.

The trio’s concert will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the Wilton Congregational Church, just north of Wilton town center on Route 33. Tickets will be available at the door ? hour prior to the performance for $25 (seniors pay $20, and students $10). Season subscriptions for the entire four concert series are also still available, and start at $90 ($75 for seniors).