Known for sweeping, exuberant performances and an effortless ability to share the rich history and repertoire of the piano trio with audiences of all stripes, the Amelia Piano Trio is widely acknowledged as one of the great young chamber ensembles.
This weekend, the Amelia is presented in residence at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. This residency, jointly presented by Chamber Music Omaha and the Omaha Youth Orchestra, includes the Petite Musique Chamber Clinic for Student Ensembles, a lecture-demonstration for area grade-school students, and an evening concert program, including Rachmaninoff’s Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor, Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro, for violin & piano, and Dvořák’s Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90 “Dumky.”
Looking forward, the Amelia heads into the recording studio for a special project, “The Patroness.” In this album, the Amelia Piano Trio explores the unique influence of the 19th-century Russian philanthropist Nadezhda von Meck.
Von Meck, renowned for her eccentric behavior, fierce independence, and deep musical passions, supported Tchaikovsky for 14 years, enabling him to stop teaching in order focus full-time on composition. Throughout their relationship, they corresponded extensively, debating musical philosophy, confiding heartfelt truths about their personal relationships – and yet, by mutual agreement, they never met in person.
Among other acts of musical philanthropy, Von Meck supported a young Claude Debussy (she called him “Bussy”), hiring him as a musical teacher for her children, and provided a home and care for the violinist/composer Henryk Wieniawski in the last days of his life.
The Amelia’s new disc showcases these relationships with impassioned performances of Debussy’s early Piano Trio in G Major, Wieniaski’s Légende for violin and piano, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor. (Watch a video preview of the album here.)
“The Patroness” is slated for a late 2015 release from Centaur Records; look for more information about this disc from us soon!
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Amelia offers The Patroness as a concert program; learn more about this and their other 15/16 program offerings:
with works by Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Henryk Wieniawski
with works by Rachmaninoff, Cowell, Copland, and Shostakovich
with works by Joan Tower, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Lera Auerbach