The cellist, violinist and pianist that comprise the Connecticut Trio tuned their instruments backstage as 50 people waited to hear the world premiere of Gwyneth Walker’s composition on Sunday, Sept. 27 at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Violinist Gerard Rosa, cellist Julie Ribchinsky and pianist Linda Laurent have been a trio since the spring of 1994 and are still performing all over the world. They have performed in Weil Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City, and the London Gallery.
The concert consisted of four pieces, each written by different composers including Joseph Haydn, Anton Arensky and Astor Piazzolla and Walker. The program started off with Haydn’s, Piano Trio in C Major, Hob, XV: 21. The second piece performed was the world premiere of “Mornings of Creation.” This five-piece movement was written by Walker, a New Canaan, Connecticut native. Walker was a faculty member at Oberlin College Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio but resigned in 1982 in order to focus on composing music. Walker wrote the piece in the mornings, which is when she writes most of her music. It signifies the beginning of a new day and all that is to come.
After the intermission, Arensky’s piece, Trio in D Minor, Op. 32 was performed. Finally, the program wrapped up with “Oblivion” written by Piazzolla.
The Quick Center commissioned “Mornings of Creation” in order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the center. There was no better way to celebrate the anniversary of the Quick Center than for a piece to be performed for the first time in the building itself.
The Trio celebrated the anniversary of the Quick Center with the composer in attendance and received a standing ovation from certain members in the crowd.
The connection between the musicians and the audience was evident as they played their instruments and told a story with their music. There were different types of music played as the concert went along. At times there were slower and peaceful moments. However, at other points there were loud and exciting moments that reminded the audience of the sound that just three instruments could create.
The concert was intimate and brought smiles to all those in attendance. Although it was not well-attended, the music was thoroughly enjoyed by the crowd.
Not many Fairfield students attended the concert. However, Damien Solar ‘19 was there and enjoyed it thoroughly. “I am a fan of the art,” he said. He was happy that he had the opportunity to see the Trio. Complimentary tickets were available to Fairfield students, but not many took advantage of the opportunity.