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Music for a Great Space (MGS) will feature Trio Valtorna on a program benefitting Shepherd's Center of Greensboro. Bringing together the gifts of three internationally recognized artists, Trio Valtorna formed in 2011. After performing together at "Music from Angel Fire" Chamber Music Festival, renowned violinist Ida Kavafian and French horn player extraordinaire David Jolley decided to continue in collaboration, adding the young pianist Gilles Vonsattel to complete the ensemble. Fred Kirshnit, writing in the New York Sun, called Ms. Kavafian's artistry "meaningful and affecting", while the New Yorker has praised Mr. Jolley's "richly melancholy horn solos", and David Weininger in the Boston Globe observed the "clarity and light touch" of Mr. Vonsattel.
The Trio will perform the Brahms Horn Trio. Although this work was written to commemorate the death of Brahms's mother, Christiane, it draws on a theme which Brahms had composed twelve years previously while he was walking through the woods. This masterwork of the chamber music genre features some of Brahms most impassioned and heartfelt writing. The Trio will also feature a work for the same instrumentation by John Harrison as well as Ravel's 2nd Violin Sonata. For their NC composer, the ensemble will feature Stillness and Velocity by UNCSA professor Lawrence Dillon.
The Music for a Great Cause Concert is an effort by MGS to give back to the community by partnering with another local non-profit organization. MGS chose Shepherd's Center this year because of the important work they do supporting the senior community in Greensboro. Shepherd's Center has been providing services of independent living, education and life enrichment, as well as advocating for older adults since 1987. 50% of all concert proceeds will be donated to Shepherd's Center.
This concert will take place February 1, 7:30 pm at Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC. Tickets are available at the door and in advance: www.musicforagreatspace.org or (336) 638-7624.
Music for a Great Space (MGS) is an independent non-profit musical arts organization bringing the finest musicians to the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. The mission of Music for a Great Space is to present a series of inspiring musical performances and educational offerings, opening doors to the diverse cultural interests of the Piedmont Triad community. For its 28th season, MGS is featuring NC artists and at least one NC composer on each of the concerts for the Season of NC in Music.