$20 Cover @ the Door ($15 Students) or Advance: $16 Cover ($12 Students) / Start 8:30pm / Doors 7pm
The Marsyas Trio (flute, cello, piano) celebrate their 10th anniversary with music by British and American women composers. The programme includes pieces by Louise Farrenc, Amy Beach, Hilary Tann and Thea Musgrave.
The Marsyas Trio has forged a place as a dynamic and innovative group, inspiring a generation of new works for their genre through their commissioning work, as well as bringing lost and forgotten repertoire to the public. This North American tour is part of the international promotion of their latest CD ‘In the Theatre of Air’ released on NMC Recordings. The album debuted at No. 7 in the Classical Charts and was critically acclaimed by Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and other major publications.
Marsyas Trio takes its name from Greek mythology – inspired by the bold, spirited passion of Marsyas, the celebrated pipe-playing satyr who dared challenge Apollo in a musical contest. In victory, Marsyas lost his life to the envious wrath of the god, saving his last breaths for the instrument he immortalized.
The London-based Marsyas Trio, formed in 2009 by graduates of the Royal Academy of Music, is dedicated to music for flute, cello & piano from the Classical era to the present day. Aiming to inspire a generation of new works for this genre, they are uncovering lesser-known repertoire and are proactive in commissioning new music. Flautist Helen Vidovich and cellist Val Welbanks were joined in October 2017 by award-winning pianist Olga Stezhko, and also work with pianist Zubin Kanga, internationally recognised as a leading exponent of contemporary music.
The Trio has toured in Europe and China, and performed recently at the Vale of Glamorgan and Three Choirs Festivals, Holywell Music Room (Oxford Chamber Music Society), and in Switzerland at the Société de Musique Contemporaine Lausanne, which was broadcast on the Swiss Radio station RTS Espace 2. The Trio performs in rural Wales as part of the Arts Council of Wales’ Night Out scheme. They have performed live on BBC Radio 3 “In Tune”, Classic FM Bulgaria, and Bulgarian National Television. In 2015 the Marsyas Trio’s debut CD, A Triple Portrait (Meridian Records), featuring a newly commissioned work and other chamber music by Russian émigré composer Elena Firsova. The disc, marking Firsova’s 25-year musical contribution to the UK, received airtime on European radio and reviews internationally including Cambridge Music Journal Tempo, The Strad, and Australia’s Limelight magazine.
Their latest CD, featuring their 2017 commission by Hilary Tann In the Theatre of Air (NMC Recordings October 2018), has already garnered attention. Having debuted at No. 7 on the Classical Charts, the Sunday Times included the disc in The Week’s Essential New Releases, and was given a 4-star rating in the BBC Music Magazine.