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Amelia Piano Trio and Hyunah Yu Will Wrap Up Ithaca College Concerts Season

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College Concerts season for 2010–11 will present the last of its three performances on Wednesday, Feb. 23, when the Amelia Piano Trio appears with soprano Hyunah Yu. Beginning at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music, the concert will be in keeping with the season’s theme of “Collaborations.” The artists will perform Beethoven’s Trio in B-flat Major (“Archduke”) and two works by Shostakovich: Trio no. 1 in C major and “Seven Romances of the Verses of Alexander Blok.”

Tickets are on sale at the Ticket Center Ithaca at (607) 273-4497, (800) 284-8422 or at ithacaevents.com, and at the door if available. Individual ticket prices are as follows:

  • Children, senior citizens and Ithaca College students — $11
  • Ithaca College alumni, faculty, staff and administrators; Friends of Ithaca College; other students — $19
  • General public — $22

The Amelia Quartet features violinist Anthea Kreston, cellist Jason Duckles and pianist Andrew Armstrong. A year after the ensemble was formed in 1999, it performed in Isaac Stern’s Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall and so impressed Stern that he became a mentor to the trio and presented its Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall. Of that performance, the “Strad Magazine” said, “[The ensemble’s] careful attention to balance, tonal beauty and teamwork were exemplary.” Joining the roster of Concert Artists Guild in 2001, the trio went on to win the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and to record CDs with Cedille Records and Naxos. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison wrote his first full-length piano trio for the Amelia, a recording of which was released on the Naxos label in the spring of 2007.

Performing with the Trio will be South Korean-born American soprano Hyunah Yu, who first gained recognition in 1999 as a soloist in “St. Matthew Passion” with the New England Bach Festival. A prize-winner in the 1999 Walter W. Naumburg International Competition, she was also a finalist in the Dutch International Vocal Competition and the Concert Artist Guild International Competition in New York. At the 2000 Marlboro Music Festival, Yu was discovered by the eminent pianist Mitsuko Uchida, who has supported and encouraged her since.

The 2010–11 Ithaca College Concerts season also featured performances by the Beijing Guitar Duo and the New Zealand String Quartet with clarinetist James Campbell.

For more information, contact Molly O’Shea, marketing communications manager in the music school, at moshea@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3370.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should also contact O’Shea. Requests for accommodations should be made as soon as possible before the event.
 



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