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Lunchtime Concert Series: Piano Trios by Beethoven & Dvorak

  • The Baroque Room 275 4th Street East, Suite 280 Saint Paul, MN, 55101 United States (map)

Lunchtime Concert Series
Piano Trios by Beethoven & Dvorak

Lowertown Piano Trio
Marc Levine, violin
Hanno Strydom, cello
Jason Alfred, piano

Admission is FREE

FEATURING: BEETHOVEN Piano Trio No. 5 in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, "Ghost", DVORÁK Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90, "Dumky"

In the wake of a series of successful collaborations in recent seasons, Jason Alfred, Marc Levine and Hanno Strydom now come together in a more permanent partnership as the Lowertown Piano Trio.

Tonight’s program features two of the best loved piano trios by Ludwig van Beethoven and the Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák.

The concert will open with Beethoven’s energetic “Middle” period trio popularly referred to as the Ghost. Written in the joyful key of D major, the Ghost is the first in a pair of trios that Beethoven wrote in the summer of 1808, shortly after completing his sixth symphony. Challenged in popularity only by his famous Archduke trio, the Ghost takes its name from the eerie character of the second movement that stands in dramatic contrast to the decidedly upbeat outer movements.

The program will conclude with Dvořák’s Dumky trio, deservedly one of the composer’s most popular and frequently performed works. Structurally unique and quite striking, Dvořák completely abandons traditional sonata form for a series of six dumky episodes, woven together into a compelling, folk music inspired lament. Dvořák completed the work in mid-February 1891 and was the pianist for the premiere performance in Prague two months later. The work was so well received that Dvořák performed it on a forty-concert tour before leaving his homeland for America in 1892 to head the National Conservatory of Music in New York.