On December 10th and 11th, the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is pleased to present the Gryphon Trio performing the complete series of Beethoven’s Piano Trios. Produced by OurConcerts.live and streamed live from the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in Kingston, Ontario, both concerts begin at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Tickets are $15 (plus $2.50 ticketing fee) for one concert or $25 (plus $3.75 ticketing fee) for both. Click on the buttons below to purchase tickets for either concert; when you select either concert, the option to purchase the two-concert package will be offered on the page. The concerts will be livestreamed and then can be watched through December 17th, which is Beethoven’s actual birthday.
Earlier this year, OICMF patrons enjoyed celebrating the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, featuring a memorable four-week livestream summer Festival of the Miró Quartet performing Beethoven’s entire string quartet cycle. The Festival was hosted by OICMF founder and Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann from the marine-view deck of her Orcas Island home. She is thrilled to continue the Festival’s celebration of Beethoven’s 250th year with this epic two-day concert series, saying “The Gryphon Trio has been a favorite of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival since 2011. I’m absolutely delighted that for this 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth year, and in fact, in Beethoven’s birthday month(!), OICMF is able to be a co-presenter in two concerts featuring this incredible chamber ensemble performing these six masterpieces of Herr Ludwig van Beethoven!” See program notes here.
In the December 10th concert, Composer Debut, the Gryphon Trio will perform Beethoven’s three Opus 1 trios, and in the December 11th concert, The Master, the audience will enjoy hearing Beethoven’s later piano trios, beginning with the two Opus 70 trios and finishing the series with his Archduke, the Opus 97 piano trio in B-flat Major.
The Gryphon Trio is firmly established as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. For more than 25 years, the trio has earned acclaim for its highly refined, dynamic, and memorable performances. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from traditional to contemporary, and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia. Committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century, violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys, and pianist Jamie Parker are creative innovators with an appetite for discovery and new ideas. The Trio tours regularly throughout North America and Europe and enjoys longstanding relationships with prominent arts incubators and presenters like Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Orford Music Academy, Music Toronto, Ottawa Chamberfest, and Festival del Lago International Academy of Music in Ajijic, Mexico. The Gryphon Trio often performs triple concerti with the world’s major symphony orchestras and smaller chamber orchestras.
Each evening is hosted by well-known Canadian radio broadcaster, writer, and speaker Eric Friesen, who will also chat during the concert intermissions with American composer, conductor, and author Rob Kapilow. Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival audiences have thoroughly enjoyed both gentlemen in thoughtful and entertaining speaking engagements, and the Festival looks forward to their entertaining talks this December.
Please join the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and concert sponsors Cynthia and Sam Coleman and Carl de Boor in welcoming the Gryphon Trio on December 10th and 11th as they imaginatively perform the entire cycle of Beethoven trios for violin, cello, and piano over two evenings. As one patron in Ottawa mused, “Is there a better chamber ensemble in Canada than the Gryphon Trio? There is not.” Beethoven himself stated, “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”