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WVIA welcomes the Grammy nominated Eaken Piano Trio to its next Simply Grand Concert Feb. 22, 2014 - Public Invited
(2014-02-12)
The Grammy-nominated Eaken Piano Trio performs during WVIAs next Simply Grand Concert Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 4 p.m. at the WVIA Public Media Studios. Seating is free, but limited. To make reservations call 570-655-2808 or reserve seats online at http://www.wvia.org/about/sordoni-theater-reservations/.
(wvia) - WVIA's next Simply Grand Concert features the Grammy -nominated Eaken Piano Trio and will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 4 p.m. in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at the WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston, PA. The varied program includes the Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101 by Johannes Brahms, the Concierto para Trio by Argentine bandoneon virtuoso Astor Piazzola and a Trio by the contemporary composer James Cohn. Seating is free, but limited. To make reservations call 570-655-2808 or reserve seats online at http://www.wvia.org/about/sordoni-theater-reservations/. The concert will be recorded by radio and TV for broadcast.

The members of the Eaken Trio are John Eaken, violin; Gloria Whitney, piano and Andrew Rammon, cello who is also principal cellist with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. The Eaken Trio has traveled extensively throughout America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. They were "Artists in Residence" for 10 years at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, and have held residencies at many other colleges and universities including Harvard, Stanford, USC, The University of Maryland, and Penn State. The Trio is heard regularly on classical music radio stations including National Public Radio's All Things Considered and Performance Today. CDs released by the Trio can be found on the Naxos, Catalpa Classics, and Con Brio labels. Their Home for the Holidays CD was nominated for a Grammy . They have two NPR programs titled "Home for the Holidays," which have aired on over 100 stations nationwide during the last 14 holiday seasons. The programs help raise awareness of the homeless problems in America through the music of the Trio and insights by prominent Americans such as Barbara Bush, Maya Angelou, Leo Buscaglia, Sam Nunn, and many others. The Trio has been the recipient of many commissions including trios written for them by Lalo Shifrin, Gerald Shipiro, Timothy Greatbatch, Allen Menton and others.

The WVIA "Simply Grand" concert series showcases the talent of regional classical musicians. Since the series began in 1990, dozens of regional musicians have been featured. The concerts are recorded for broadcast before a live audience in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA Public Media Studios.

Reviews:
"The Eaken Trio gave an exciting yet friendly performance [at Carnegie Hall], one that invited the listener into their intimate world of music making"
Strings Magazine

"the music was often irresistible - with each sweep of the bow and the pianist's spar kling passagework and nuance... stylistically they were as one timbrally ravishing "
The Philadelphia Inquirer

"an eminent ensemble a rare treat."
De Stem, The Netherlands

" with depth and beauty; performances don't get any better than this."
The Burlington Free Press

"The trio's mastery of alternating volume from loud to soft can find you at times holding your breath, while at other times, it can take your breath away. There is buoyant and flowing quality to the trio's music-making."
Harrisburg Patriot-News

"The quality of your trio is superb, both individually and collectively. I would be very inspired indeed to write a piece for such a refined ensemble I have not heard a piano trio like this one in a very long time."
Lalo Schifrin

"The Naxos CD of the Shuller, Shifrin and Shipiro Trios shows the Eaken Trio to be a very talented ensemble, well at home with the varied demands of the music This disc is practically demanding to be taken home by everyone reading this review. Heed it's call"
Fanfare Magazine

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