Jan. 23, 2009
Time For Three returns to perform more of 'The Future Of Music' Feb. 12
Time for Three, the eclectic string trio that conductor Simon Rattle described as "the future of music," will return to Iowa City to perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in Opstad Auditorium of Iowa City High School. The concert is presented by the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium.
During a busy four-day UI residency, the trio will also present a free, casual performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Java House in downtown Iowa City.
Other residency activities will include events with the UI School of Music, UI student groups, public schools students, the Iowa City Press Citizen, United Action for Youth, Access Iowa and ACT.
Violinists Zachary DePue and Nicolas Kendall and double bassist Ranaan Meyer -- who met as students at the Curtis Institute of Music -- happily mingle bluegrass, jazz, classical, gypsy and country/western influences in their far-reaching and invigorating repertoire. Their Hancher-presented 2007 concert in Clapp Recital Hall was a rousing event, leading to their return this season.
The late Paul Newman, who presented them at his Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, commented, "To hear these three young guys is to be thankful that music was invented."
The trio began playing for fun, exploring mutual interests that transcended their regimen of classical training. And their first public performance, in July 2003, was a fluke. Following a lightening-induced power failure at Philadelphia's Mann Center for the Performance Arts, orchestra members invited Meyer and DePue to entertain the audience while technicians attempted to restore onstage lighting.
They obliged with an enthusiastically received impromptu jam session that included works that were a considerable departure from the originally scheduled Beethoven symphony, including "Jerusalem's Ridge," "Ragtime Annie" and "The Orange Blossom Special."
Time for Three continues to have fun blurring genres -- or, as Meyer puts it, "creating different dialects" -- putting their unique stamp on traditional repertoire, as well has performing Meyer's eclectic compositions.
They may jump effortlessly from Bach to bluegrass, and their venues illustrate their category-bursting approach, ranging from famed classical concert halls to casual folk festivals.
Maestro Rattle added to his "future of music" comment, "Time for Three are conveyors of an infectious joy that I find both touching and moving . . . they show how all types of American music can develop, when life and passion are breathed into it. Simply put, they're a knockout."
Check them out on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh_eVsXu7-0&feature=channel_page.
The Feb. 12 Time for Three concert is supported by Drs. Lisa and Amir Arbisser, Eye Surgeons Associates, PC; and Sandy Heistad through the University of Iowa Foundation. Media support comes from the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Tickets are $30 (senior citizen $27; UI students and youth $15). Tickets can be ordered online at http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu/tickets.html.
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