Neave Trio to return for double concert

Neave Trio to return for double concertThe Neave Trio is returning to Ridgecrest to play with the Desert Community Orchestra on Saturday, March 3, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 639 N. Norma St. The trio – violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura – will perform Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56, (more commonly known as the Triple Concerto), led by DCO Music Director Robby Martinez.

The concert program, entitled “A Classic Winter,” also includes four operatic arias by Saint-Saëns, Beethoven, Gounod and Wagner sung by soloists Amber Peterson and David Hodgson.

Beethoven’s Triple Concerto provides a special opportunity for the Neave Trio to bring their cohesion as a chamber ensemble to the orchestral stage.

“We love the Beethoven Triple concerto so much – it’s always an honor and a privilege to play this piece. Each time, we are reminded that all music is really chamber music. In the case of the Triple, the interplay between not just the three ‘solo’ voices but also between the Trio and the orchestra provides such a thrilling, rich musical landscape," said Williams. “We are especially excited to bring the Triple to life with the Desert Community Orchestra, in the heart of a community that we have grown to feel such a part of in recent years.”

Following the DCO performance, the trio will perform Sunday, March 4, as part of the Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society’s concert series at the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 W. Las Flores Ave. The 4 p.m. program includes Roussel’s Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 2, Debussy’s Trio in G major, and living American composer Robert Paterson’s Moon Trio.

Since forming in 2010, Neave Trio has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances.

WQXR explains, “’Neave’ is actually a Gaelic name meaning ‘bright’ and ‘radiant’, both of which certainly apply to this trio’s music making.”

The Boston Musical Intelligencer included Neave in its “Best of 2014” and “Best of 2016” roundups, writing, “it is inconceivable that they will not soon be among the busiest chamber ensembles going,” and “their unanimity, communication, variety of touch, and expressive sensibility rate first tier.”

Neave has performed at many esteemed concert series and at festivals worldwide, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center/La Jolla Music Society, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Series (United Kingdom) and the Samoylov and Rimsky Korsakow Museums’ Chamber Music Series in St.

Petersburg (Russia). The trio has also appeared frequently as soloists for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with orchestras across the country. The trio has also held residency positions at Brown University, ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival, San Diego State University as the first ever Fisch/Axelrod Trio-in-Residence, the Banff Centre (Canada), among many other institutions.

Recordings include Neave’s 2016 debut “American Moments” on Chandos Records, featuring works by Korngold, Foote and Bernstein, and an upcoming 2018 release on Azica Records with all-new arrangements of Piazzolla’s works for piano trio and voice by Argentinian arranger, Leonardo Suarez Paz. This album will feature mezzo-soprano and Metropolitan Opera singer, Carla Jablonski.

Neave will also release an all-French album on Chandos Records in 2018, featuring music of Debussy, Faure and Roussel.

Story First Published: 2018-02-09