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La Cafamore presents a concert for string trio

La Cafamore moves into its 11th season with a concert featuring works for string trio. Violinist and co-founder of the group, Carolyn Cameron explains,  “our initial group was a string quartet which we would sometimes expand to include piano or clarinet. Our current situation is a pool of five musicians.  What arrangement we do depends on musicians’ availability.”

Cameron adds that their last concert was a collaboration with violin, piano and a dancer. “We would do another dance collaboration in a heartbeat, but this dancer is so talented and in demand that I don’t expect it will happen too often."

Cellist Maria Wang will once again join the group along with co-founder and violist Alexis More. “This is the first concert we have done with only these three musicians” says Cameron, “and I am really looking forward to it.  Maria and Alexis are true collaborators who elevate the quality of performance with their team-work. It is such a pleasure to collaborate with them."

To those who may think that the string trio format is a poor cousin to the more popular string quartet format,  Cameron has a word of advice:  “check it out. You will be surprised at how rich the harmonies are with this configuration.”

Cameron herself was among the sceptics until she picked out the repertoire for the upcoming concert. “The Beethoven trio was written very early in his career and is hugely influenced by his teacher and mentor, Franz Joseph Haydn. One could very easily mistake it for a Haydn work, but even at this early stage in his career, Beethoven showed signs of what was to come,” says Cameron.

The Dohnanyi Serenade is rich in Hungarian tunes and rhythms, and is steeped in the influence of the late Romantic era.  Cameron feels that the crowd pleaser will be the opening number, Piazzolla’s Oblivion.

Piazzolla was a 20th century composer whose specialty was the tango. “This is one of the sexiest pieces I have ever played,”  says Cameron. “What more can I say?”

The group’s six-town tour of the Kootenays ends with this concert in Trail, just down the hill from Cameron’s home town of Rossland. “It is always nice to finish close to home so that you can relax” says Cameron “and although playing in front of the home crowd is a bit scary, the combination of a engaged audience and the amazing acoustics of the Trail United Church is an unbeatable combination. I can’t think of a better way to end a tour.”

When: Sunday March 24, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Trail United Church

Admission: Adults $20

Advance tickets: The Bailey box office

Children under 12 -- free