Trio Céleste will perform another encore for Village Concerts in Riverside this weekend

By in Press Enterprise on February 14, 2018

By Sherli Leonard

Once, and even twice, is not enough to bring Trio Céleste to Village Concerts in Riverside.

The renowned classical piano trio will be in concert again, after two previous programs, at the Memorial Chapel at Altavita at 3 p.m. Sunday.

“Trio Céleste is one of the country’s most important young piano trios,” said Marilyn Sanguinet, concert manager for Village Concerts, a chamber music series of classical and semi-classical music featuring the talents of international, local and student artists. “The trio is much sought-after for performances in Southern California, and they also have performed extensively throughout North America, Canada and Asia.”

With Kevin Kwan Loucks on piano, Iryna Krechkovsky on violin, and Ross Gasworth on cello, the trio will perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 4 in Bb Major, Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Rachmaninoff’s Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor, and “Primavera Portena” from “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” by Piazzolla/Bragato.

“The Piazzolla/Bragato piece is just fun,” Loucks said. “It’s fun, jazzy, modern, and after the very serious pieces by Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff, it will be a light way to end the concert. As a trio, we want to present music that is fun to listen to.”

Trio Céleste performed Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 3 when they appeared for Village Concerts in 2015. As Ensemble-in-Residence at Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, the trio has presented the complete Beethoven piano trio works as well as the Triple Concerto with the UC Irvine Symphony Orchestra and the Capistrano Conductor’s Institute Orchestra.

“Beethoven, compositionally, has merit to everything he wrote,” said Loucks. “With his piano trios, which were among his early compositions and his final compositions, you can witness his development as a composer. And audiences just love to listen to Beethoven, perhaps because he taps into the human side of […]    

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