The Concert Series at Wellesley College presents ensemble-in-residence Triple Helix Piano Trio – violinist Bayla Keyes, cellist Rhonda Rider and pianist Lois Shapiro –April 7 at 12:30 pm and April 10 at 8:00 pm in a program celebrating “Yankee Ingenuity: Daring to do Strange and Bold Things.” This pairing of a Wednesday afternoon lecture-recital (at Jewett Auditorium) and Saturday evening concert (at Houghton Chapel) will feature works by Aaron Copland, CharlesIves and William Bolcom, and a world premiere by local composer Howard Frazin (based on a Joan of Arc text via Mark Twain). Guest soprano and Wellesley alumna Sarah Pelletier will join Triple Helix for this final concert of the 2009-2010 season.
This will also be the trio’s final concert at Wellesley College before embarking on a one-year sabbatical as an ensemble. Both presentations are free and open to the public.
The Triple Helix Piano Trio was formed in 1995 by three award-winning chamber musicians and soloists: Bayla Keyes, founding violinist of the Naumburg and Evianaward-winning Muir String Quartet;Rhonda Rider, founding cellist of the Naumburg award-winning Lydian StringQuartet; and pianist Lois Shapiro,winner of the New York Concert Artists Guild Award.
The Boston Globe described the results of their union as “the livest live music in town” with “wildly imaginative, emotionally charged, virtuoso playing” that is “sophisticated in musical detail, wholeheartedly interactive, uninhibited in emotion, and touched by a special grace.” The ensemble is considered one of the best piano trios on today’s musical landscape. In its residency at Wellesley College, Triple Helix has enlightened the community with sophisticated and challenging programming, virtuosic performances and innovative lecture-recitals. For more information, go to www.triplehelixpianotrio.org.