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Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

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Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

"The KLR Trio's performances stand with the finest chamber groups of our time," writes a Miami Herald critic. Pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson made their debut as a trio at President Carter's inauguration. Since then six presidents have come and five have gone, but the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences and critics. The trio members celebrated thirty-five years together by debuting three commissioned works, releasing the complete Franz Schubert trios on CD (Bridge Records), and touring extensively.

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Ready to try a threesome? Well, in music it’s called a trio.

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, which features three world-renowned soloists, has been making beautiful music for thirty-five years. Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson is a piano trio, a type of ensemble that includes a piano and two other instruments (usually a violin and a cello). Piano trio can also refer to a piece of music written for such a group. It’s one of the most common forms found in classical chamber music. During the Classical period (about 1750 to 1830), most music was played at home, which made the piano trio a popular genre.

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Master Class

4 p.m. Tuesday, October 2
Esber Recital Hall

The public is invited to observe a Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson master class for Penn State School of Music small ensemble students at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, in Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall.

Main Performance

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 3
Schwab Auditorium

The Penn State program features André Previn's Piano Trio No. 2, a new work written for the ensemble and co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts. The program also includes Ludwig van Beethoven's youthful Piano Trio in B-flat, Johannes Brahms' mature Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major (Revised), and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's 1987 composition Trio (also written for KLR).

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Adult $42  |  University Park Student $15  |  18 and Younger $32

Buy tickets to individual presentations or create your own Choice series — and receive a 10-percent discount— by purchasing together tickets to four or more Classical Music Project presentations. Purchase tickets online; by phone at 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX; or in person at Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab Auditorium.


Norma and Ralph Condee Chamber Music Endowment

Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring pianist Joseph Kalichstein, is offered in Schwab Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

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Listen to our interview with cellist Sharon Robinson.

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