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Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio 

Pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson have played as a trio for almost a decade and a half--they first got together for Jimmy Carter's inauguration--and, to their credit, the partnership has remained as fresh as ever. Their longevity as a sought-after chamber team can also be attributed to the kind of decidedly mainstream yet thoughtful programs they offer--such as this one. For contrast, two bookends of the piano trio genre will be displayed back to back. Hadyn's Trio in E minor, his ninth out of a total of 30, was written in 1789, toward the end of his servitude as kapellmeister to the neurotic Esterhazys; limpid and graceful, it represents the trio form in its formative years as new fangled court entertainment. By the time Shostakovich composed his Piano Trio no. 2 in E minor (incidentally, the same key as Haydn's) during the darkest hours of World War II, the genre already had been transformed by Beethoven and others into a vehicle for emotional angst. The Soviet composer's entry is a despairing testament to the destructiveness of war and the specter of death; no notable piano trio has come forth since. For variety, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio has scheduled Dvorak's celebrated Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81, a product of the Czech's vintage years that epitomizes the quintessentials of his music: lyrical folk melodies, vital rhythm, colorful scoring, and a gamut of moods from melancholy to joy. Joining the trio will be Ani and Ida Kavafian, Istanbul-born Armenian sisters who are among the brightest and busiest of the under-40 generation of string virtuosi. Tonight, 8 PM, Blackstone Theatre, 60 E. Balbo; 242-6237 or 663-1628.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Steve Speliotis.

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