In this program, we explore composers’ first essays in the piano trio genre. This concert opens with Beethoven’s Trio in G major, a work full of humor, athleticism, and genuine sentiment. With all its nods to Haydn in terms of style, the piece is that of a young man fully aware of his gifts, perhaps cognizant of the revolutionary impact of his work to come.

The program centers around William Bolcom’s first substantial piano trio, written for the Delphi Trio in 2014. In the words of the composer, “My new piano trio intends to follow the great line of piano trios from the last centuries in form and mood, although the musical material is very much of our own time.” Boldly romantic, poignant, and sharply etched, this trio will take its place among the great chamber music of the 21st century.

Toru Takemitsu’s Between Tides (1993) speaks a language colored by Debussy and Messiaen, yet unique to the composer’s expressive voice.

The concert concludes with Mendelssohn’s first piano trio in D Minor, Op. 49. In its endless melodic freshness, idiomatic writing for all three instruments, and virtuosity that is both ornate and essential, the D Minor Trio remains evergreen to performers and audiences alike.

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Works to be performed on the “A First for Everything” program include:

Beethoven, Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2
William Bolcom, Piano Trio (commissioned by the Delphi Trio)
Takemitsu, Between Tides
Mendelssohn, Trio in M Minor, Op. 49