Monday, March 31, 2008

Visiting Trio "Czechs Out" Spivey Hall, April 2

The Czech Trio, the acclaimed ensemble from Prague with a history going back over a century, performs an all-Czech program in Clayton State University’s world-famous Spivey Hall on Wednesday, Apr. 2. The concert is presented by the Clayton State Department of Music and admission is free to the public.

The Atlanta program is an all-Czech one, featuring the Second Trio in D minor by Bohuslav Martinu, Bedrich Smetana’s Trio in G minor, and Dvorak’s “Dumky” Trio in E minor. The Martinu work was written in 1950 when the composer was living in New York and it was premiered at the opening of the Haydn Library at MIT in Cambridge that year. The Smetana and Dvorak are two of the most beloved chamber masterworks from the Romantic period.

Members of the Czech Trio are Milan Langer, piano, Dana Vlachová, violin, and Miroslav Petráš, violoncello. All three members of the Trio are sought-after teachers at the Prague Conservatoire or Academy of Performing Arts. The Czech Trio continues the work of previous famous trios of that name, whose members have been spreading the fame of the art of Czech music interpretation in almost uninterrupted sequence since 1899. The Trio’s most recent recording on the Arco Diva label, entitled “Elegiaco” includes works by Rachmaninoff, Suk and Dvorák.

This will be the Czech Trio’s third tour of the United States, with 17 performances in Florida, South Carolina and Georgia (including Macon on Apr. 1 and Hawkinsville on Apr. 5.)

For further information on the Spivey Hall performance, call (678) 466-4756. The Czech Trio’s website is:

The Czech Trio is represented by Raymond Weiss Artist Management, Inc.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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