Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1
Joseph Haydn Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major (“Gypsy”), Hob. XV:25
Johannes Brahms Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 101
On November 4, 2017 at 7:30pm, the Suzuki School of Newton Artist Concert Series will feature the Boston-based Thoreau Piano Trio in a public fundraising concert in Wilson Chapel at Andover Newton Theological School.
No student is turned away from the Suzuki School of Newton due to financial hardship thanks largely to the James Thornblade Memorial Scholarship fund, which provides need-based tuition assistance to low-income families from diverse backgrounds and communities throughout eastern Massachusetts.
The Artist Concert Series was established with the goal of providing high caliber concert opportunities to both the students enrolled in the school and the surrounding community. Not only do these concerts contribute to the cultural and intellectual life of Newton, but the ticket revenue also benefits the scholarship fund, with 100% of all ticket sales directly supporting student scholarships.
This year's featured artists are the Thoreau Piano Trio, an internationally-acclaimed local ensemble formed in 2011. Inspired by a philosophical conversation at a summer music festival, violinist Susan Jensen, cellist Darry Dolezal, and pianist Paul Jacobs founded a chamber ensemble rooted in a shared admiration of New England native Henry David Thoreau.
In the spirit of Thoreau's desire to "live deep and suck out all the marrow of life," the Thoreau Piano Trio's goal is to "express the essence of each masterwork" for violin, cello, and piano.
The ensemble also strives to reveal "unexpected correlations between works from different styles and periods, and this is certainly evident in their repertoire choices for the performance on November 4th, which includes Beethoven's Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1, Haydn's Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major ("Gypsy"), Hob. XV:25, and Brahms' Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 101.
The works by Beethoven and Haydn were both written in 1795--the beginning of Beethoven's compositional career, and the end of Haydn's. (Haydn was also coincidentally Beethoven's teacher for a short period of time.) Though composed in the same year, Beethoven's piano trio represents an homage to the conventions of the 18th century, while Haydn's trio represents a foreshadowing of new developments in the 19th century.
Splitting the difference is the trio by Brahms, whose compositional style represented a perfect synthesis of tradition and innovation in the 19th century. The presentation of these three works on the same program will allow listeners to consider how composers either continued or broke with the conventions of their time.