Schubert’s Piano Trio in B-flat is one of two monumental trios he wrote at the height of his creativity. It’s a mountain to climb, but the view is worth it!
Sister Bay, Wis. (July 17, 2023) – Midsummer’s Music, Wisconsin’s oldest summer chamber music series, continues its 2023 concert season with a program celebrating one of Franz Schubert’s most monumental trios alongside a rarely heard trio by Ukrainian composer Dmytro Klebanov.
Schubert wrote two complete trio masterpieces for violin, cello, and piano in 1827/28, at the height of his creativity and only weeks before his death. His Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat, D.898, for piano, violin, and cello is a massive composition that demonstrates his structural acumen in holding such a work together. He heard the piece only once at one of his private house concerts. Midsummer’s Music Artistic Director Jim Berkenstock describes it as “a mountain to climb, but the view is worth it!”
Klebanov was born in the city that is now called Kharkiv and studied at the Kharkov Music and Drama Institute, eventually becoming a professor at the Kharkov Conservatory. He suffered under the musical restraints imposed by the Soviet authorities, but perhaps even more so because he was also Jewish and Ukrainian. His Piano Trio No. 2 for piano, violin, and cello is suggestive of Ravel and employs elements of folk music in a personal and unique way. Klebanov’s music is only now becoming more widely known in the West, having been seriously censored during the Soviet era.
The program’s musicians are David Perry, violin, Mara McClain, cello, and Jeannie Yu, piano.
Performances are 7:00pm, July 27, at the Donald & Carol Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor, sponsored by David & Nancy Borghesi; 7:00pm, July 28, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim; 7:00pm, July 29, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay, sponsored by Ross & Loralee Holton; and 5:00pm, July 30, at Hope United Church of Christ in Sturgeon Bay, sponsored by Sandy Zingler.
A complete 2023 summer brochure can be downloaded at www.midsummersmusic.com.
Tickets are $38 for adults, $17 for students, and children 12 and under are free with an adult. Premium prices apply for special events. Flex-packs of six tickets for the price of five tickets are also available. Tickets can be ordered at www.midsummersmusic.com or by phone at 920-854-7088.
Midsummer’s Music was co-founded in 1990 by Jim and Jean Berkenstock, long-time Door County summer residents and principal orchestral players with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. What began as two concerts among friends has become one of the Midwest’s most anticipated chamber music series, bringing thousands of chamber music enthusiasts from around the globe to the magical Door County Peninsula.