Mendelssohn Club presents Beaux Arts Trio

The Mendelssohn Club will present the Beaux Arts Trio in concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Coronado Theatre, 314 N. Main St. Menahem Pressler on piano, Daniel Hope, violin, and Antonio Meneses, cello, have played to international acclaim. They will perform pieces by masters such as Sergei Rachmaninoff and Franz Schubert. Menahem Pressler’s world-renowned career was launched after he was awarded first prize at the Debussy International Piano Competition in San Francisco. Later, he made his American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Eugene Ormandy. Since then, Pressler’s extensive tours of North America and Europe have included performances with the orchestras of New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Francisco, London, Brussels, Oslo, Hensinki and many others. The 1955 Berkshire Music Festival saw Pressler’s debut as a chamber musician, where he appeared as pianist with the Beaux Arts Trio. This quickly established his reputation as one of the world’s most revered chamber musicians. His other chamber music collaborations have included performances with the Juilliard, Emerson, Guarneri and Cleveland quartets, as well as the Israel Quartet and the Pasquict String Trio. Also in 1955, Pressler became associated with the music school at Indiana University, where today he has the rank of Distinguished Professor of Music. Daniel Hope, violinist, was nominated in 2000 for a “Classical Brit” award and was reacently voted “Classical Performer 2001” by London’s Evening Standard. A recent review in the American Record Guide states, “with his winning combination of old-world lyricism, beautiful tone, and a sure sense of style, he is a star in the making.” By age 10, Hope had already appeared on British television playing chamber music. He was subsequently invited by Yehudi Menuhin to perform Bartok Duos for German Television, which was the beginning of a long association, culminating in more than 60 concerts. Hope has appeared in chamber music concerts with Yuri Bashmet, Lynn Harrell, Tabea Zimmerman, Philippe Entremont, Paul Meyer, Lars Vogt, Christoph Poppen and Alexei Lubimov. He founded and has traveled worldwide with the London International Quartet, winner of the 1999 Allianz Prize. Hope has played the world’s great concert stages including those of the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cologne Philharmonic, Grosse Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Moscow Conservatory, and many others. Antonio Meneses, cellist, was born in Recife, Brazil, to a musical family. He began to study cello at age 10. In 1977, he won first prize at the International Competition in Munich. In 1982, he was awarded first prize and the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Meneses regularly performs with the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Syphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Royal Concertgbouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and others. Meneses is a frequent guest at many international music festivals including Festival Pablo Casals in Puerto Rico, the Festivals of Salzburg and Lucerne, the Vienna Festwochen, the Berlin Festwochen, the Prague Spring Festival, and others. He also tours Europe and Japan in chamber music concerts with he Vermeer Quartet, the Amati Quartet and the Carmina Quartet. He performs each season with the Casals Hall Quartet in Japan. The New York Times called the Beaux Arts Trio “Little short of miraculous!” “There is none better,” said Time magazine. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, available at Mendelssohn Club, 415 N. Church St., 964-9713, or through CentreEvents, 968-5222. Tickets are for reserved seats and can be purchased at the door.

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