January 23, 2013, 7:30pm
Lowell Liebermann’s third Piano Trio will be premiered by the acclaimed Trio Solisti. This will be AFCM’s 50th commissioned work!
AFCM’s program for commissioning new chamber music is unique in the world.
“A real gem in our American cultural scene. Unusual, inspired, and critical.”
“It’s a model for the country.”
(Denver Chamber Music Society)
We find outstanding composers and ask them to create a new work of chamber music. We arrange for the performing group that will do the world premiere. Our program is distinctive for the number of works that have been created and for their high quality, and unique because every work has been sponsored (paid for) by members of our audience. We invite the composers to come to town for the world premiere performance, and there is an opportunity for the audience to meet them.
Also unique is our commitment to sharing these new works with arts community worldwide. Complete audio recordings and recently videos of the premiere performances of all our commissions are online in the Commissioning section of our website. Google’s search engine ranking of our website for “chamber music commissioning” is a remarkable number 1.
Lowell Liebermann is one of America’s most frequently performed and recorded
living composers. Called by the New York Times “as much of a traditionalist as an
innovator.” Mr. Liebermann’s music is known for its technical command and audience
appeal. Having written over one hundred works in all genres, several of them have gone
on to become standard repertoire for their instruments, including his Sonata for Flute
and Piano, which has been recorded more than twenty times to date, and his Gargoyles
for Piano, which has been recorded fifteen times. Gargoyles was performed here by Joyce Lang during her February 7, 2010 Piano & Friends concert and was so well received that it immediately prompted two audience members to sponsor the commission of this new piano trio.
Hailed “The most exciting piano trio in America” by The New Yorker Magazine,
Trio Solisti celebrated their 10th Anniversary in the 2011-2012 season. The trio is composed of three brilliant instrumentalists – violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff. One of America’s most notable critics, Terry Teachout of The Wall St. Journal proclaimed, “To my mind, Trio Solisti has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber-music ensemble of its kind.”
Trio Solisti’s soulful and passionate performances are marked by soloistic virtuosity, electric energy, seamless ensemble playing, and thrilling abandon. These qualities have drawn high praise from such journals as The New York Times (“consistently brilliant”) and The Washington Post (“unrelenting passion and zealous abandon in a transcendent performance.”)