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Trio adds four for rousing season finale

The WindRose Trio will have four of Edmonton’s finest chamber musicians share the spotlight with them for the Trio’s season finale tomorrow afternoon at Robert-Wesley United Church.

Thanks to a grant from the Alberta Foundation of the Arts, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra flautist Elizabeth Koch, ESO trombonist Kathryn MacIntosh, pianist Sarah Ho and bassoonist Diane Persson will join WindRose regulars Beth Levia (oboe), Matthew Howatt (bassoon) and St. Albert’s own Jeff Campbell (clarinet).

“We’ve been doing the trio thing for seven years and we wanted to branch out. There’s a lot of interesting music out there you can’t do with just a trio,” says Howatt.

The concert title – This Trio Has Seven Players – is very suggestive of a varied repertoire.

The flagship composition is Bohuslav Martinu’s Sextet for Piano and Wind Instruments. Powered by two bassoons, a flute, oboe, clarinet and piano, it’s an engaging blend of chamber music and the composer’s version of American jazz.

“The instrumentation is unusual. It’s usually played for a trio. It’s light, really nice for a springtime concert. It’s just a lot of fun,” Howatt adds.

Koch joins the trio for two quartets: Jean Francaix’s Quartet for Winds and Heitor Villa-Lobos Quator.

“The Quartet for Winds music is light, bubbly and joyful. The Villa-Lobos piece instead is a little heavier, a little more complex. There are more densely packed rhythms.”

Opening the concert with MacIntosh on trombone, the trio has thrown in a warm-up bonbon, Raymond Eugene Premu’s Concertina, a short set of variations.

The threesome also challenges itself with Paul PiernĂ©’s Bucolique VariĂ©e, a simple bassoon melody that quickly climbs in intensity.

“This is by far the most ambitious show we’ve put on. The music is fantastic. There are no better players in Edmonton and the variety of instruments is exciting.”


This Trio Has Seven Players
WindRose Trio
Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m.
Robertson-Wesley United Church
10209 – 123 Street
Tickets: $15 to $20 Call 780-420-1757 or online at www.tixonthesquare.ca

Anna Borowiecki: Anna Borowiecki joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2000. She reports on local people and events in the arts, entertainment and food industry. She also writes general news and features.