Trio performs Vignettes from Russia and France
The sounds of the violin, clarinet and piano filled the air on Feb. 2 as Jeanine York-Garesche, Alison Rolf and Nancy Mayo performed a brief concert for a small audience in the Thompson concert hall.
“We played for the joy of playing as a trio and for the joy of playing underplayed music,” said Mayo, pianist and organizer of the event.
The first collection out of three was the Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano by Aram Khachaturian, followed by the Suite from L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) by Igor Stravinsky and concluding with the Suite pour violin, clarinette et piano by Darius Milhaud.
Mayo told a story before the performance of the Stravinsky suite to explain the ideas behind the individual pieces within the suite. The song tells the tale of a soldier (played by violinist) who is tricked by the devil (the pianist) into selling his violin, leading to a showdown between the soldier and the devil.
“The Stravinsky was especially convincing,” said Webster music graduate Stephen Lucido, who plays in the Webster orchestra alongside Rolf and York-Garesche.
Lucido said he believes that despite the three collections being very thick with multiple layers of instruments fighting for control of the music, did a very good job.
“We didn’t have a lot of time to prepare,” Rolf said after the show.
Despite this, the three musicians felt similar about their performance.
“We had a good time,” York-Geresche said.