Friday, September 13, 2019
Moravian College, Foy Concert Hall
- Haydn: Trio in E Major, H. XV:28
- David Schiff: “New York Nocturnes” (2000)
- Dvořák: Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 21
The Apollo Trio was born at a music festival in the south of France in 1997. Just last year, Romanian-born cellist Mihai Marica joined founding members Curtis Macomber (violin) and Marija Stroke (piano), replacing Michael Kannen. No strangers to the great concert venues of Europe, the group, nevertheless, seems to inhabit “a New York state of mind” (as Billy Joel describes it), having performed at Carnegie Hall, at Lincoln Center, and moored under the Brooklyn Bridge for Bargemusic, “New York City’s floating concert hall.”
Frequent performers at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the trio participated in the “Great Day in New York” Festival there and also premiered for “the city that never sleeps” David Schiff’s “New York Nocturnes.” They will play it this season for our Lehigh Valley audience. They will also treat us to one of Dvořák’s piano trios, the complete set of which was recorded by the Apollo Trio in 2017.
Reviewers have applauded Macomber’s depth of feeling and technical skill, Marica’s transcendent passion, and Stroke’s extroverted connection with her audience. Together, the Apollo Trio offers a performance that reviewers have called exceptional, masterful, and heartfelt.