Music from Vienna

Chamber Music Concerts will present the Altenberg Trio from Vienna in two separate programs from its chamber music repertoire. The concerts are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday March 13, and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Both performances will take place in the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Friday's performance will feature Haydn's Trio E Major, Hob. XV: 28; Pirchner's "Wem gehört der Mensch?" PWV 31; and Rubenstein's Trio in C Minor.

Saturday's concert includes Takemitsu's "Between Tides;" Haydn's Trio C Major, Hob. XV: 21; and Dvorak's Trio in F Minor, Op. 65.

"We always do a program of completely different music on the matinees," said CMC Executive Director Jody Schmidt. "That way people can go to all the season's performances and hear something different. This year we have four matinees and we will do that next season as well."

The Altenberg Trio also will present educational outreach programs during its visit. These programs are free and open to the public. The trio will present a program at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at St. Mary's School, 816 Black Oak Dr., Medford. The threesome also will present a performance and lecture program at 1 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Music Recital Hall.

Since its debut during the Salzburg Mozart Week in January, 1994, the Altenberg Trio Wien — one of the few full-time piano trios in the world of chamber music — has given more than 900 performances. The trio features Amiram Ganz on violin, Alexander Gebert on cello and Claus-Christian Schuster on piano.

The Altenberg Trio repertory comprises no less than 250 piano trios, among them numerous pieces that the Altenberg Trio suggested and first performed itself. It also includes a large number of works from directly related fields such as piano quartets and quintets, duos, triple concertos and vocal chamber music.

The trio won the Robert Schumann Award of the City of Zwickau in 1999, continuing the "Austrian" tradition of this award. The immediate reason for its success was the recording of all Schumann piano trios that had just been released. The Altenberg Trio's subsequent recording of Ives, Copland and Bernstein in April 2000, has already won the Edison Award in Amsterdam.

Founded in 1984, Chamber Music Concerts is a concert presenter dedicated to bringing world-class chamber music to the Rogue Valley for the enjoyment, enrichment, and education of the Southern Oregon, Northern California and SOU communities. CMC is a self-supporting affiliate of the nonprofit SOU Foundation. The 13-concert season runs September through April, including four matinees. All performances take place in the Music Recital Hall at SOU.

In addition to presenting chamber music, CMC has an active education program that includes such diverse groups as Southern Oregon University students, area high schools and middle schools, the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members.

Tickets to each of the Ashland concerts are $26 and $30, $5 for youths 22 and under.

See or call 552-6154.

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