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Release: March 4, 1999
Trio Parnassus plays Beethoven, Copland, Brahms in Hancher debut
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Trio Parnassus, one of Europe's most acclaimed piano
trios, will make its University of Iowa debut in a concert of music by
Beethoven, Copland and Brahms at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 in Clapp Recital
Hall. The concert, presented by Hancher Auditorium, will feature Beethoven's
Trio No. 2 in G Major, Copland's "Vitebsk: Study on a Jewish Theme"
and Brahms' Trio No. 1 in B Major.
Trio Parnassus -- pianist Chia Chou, violinist Wolfgang Schroeder and
cellist Michael Gross -- had won a significant place in European concert
life long before the ensemble's 1996-97 U.S. debut that included a performance
on Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series.
The ensemble was formed in 1983 and almost immediately won the International
Chamber Music Competition and a dedicated European following. The Linzer
Tageblatt called the trio's playing "chamber music of the highest
caliber," and the Berliner Tageblatt exclaimed, "This ensemble
has everything you could expect from a piano trio, virtuosity from each
player, homogeneous playing, and a radiating joy of making music."
Trio Parnassus has released more than a dozen CDs on the distinguished
German label Dabringhaus and Grimm, including the complete piano trios
of Brahms, and trios by Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy and Ravel.
A review of their Brahms collection in Classic CD magazine praised the
Trio Parnassus playing for its "refinement and sonorous splendor."
An American Record Guide review proclaimed, "There is no question
that this is, in more ways than one, a world-class trio. They play with
superb unanimity of ensemble and consummate polish. There is an abundance
of youthful verve, too, well tempered by painstaking attention to dynamics
and tempo markings, and keen sensitivity to the changing moods of the music.
. . . The music is utterly captivating."
Cantebury Inn and Suites and Eye Surgeons Associates, P.C. are the corporate
sponsors of the Trio Parnassus concert through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets for Trio Parnassus are $18 ($14.40 for UI students and senior
citizens, and $9 for audience members 17 and younger), from the Hancher
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa,
dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is
toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction. People with special needs for access, seating and
auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. The line is equipped with
TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
For information on UI arts, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr/
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