by Lindsay Hanson
Concert Series Coordinator
One of my favorite things about working at the Union Theater is that I get the chance to listen to lots of recordings. Just the other day, I received the new release by David Finckel, Wu Han and Philip Setzer of Mendelssohn's Piano Trios.
How exciting to get to preview part of the program the trio will present here next month! Along with the two piano trios from the recording, Finckel and Han will also perform the Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major, op. 58 on their program at the Union Theater on Friday, February 24, at 7:30pm.
As a performer and arts administrator myself, I am inspired by Finckel and Han's commitment to our art form. Besides being great musicians and educators, the duo also founded Music@ Menlo, a summer chamber music festival, and serve as artistic directors for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. The Mendelssohn recording I received today is a product of their own recording label, ArtistLed Records, which they founded in 1997 as classical music's first musician-directed and internet based recording label. Their entrepreneurial spirit is something I really admire. Their artistic merit was recognized this year by Musical America, who named Finckel and Han Musicians of the Year, the first duo ever to receive this honor. For the recital here in Madison, Finckel and Han are joined by the famous Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet.
I love playing chamber music. Obviously, Finckel, Han and Setzer do too. In listening to their new release, I am captivated by their sound. There is something special about their musical unity. The trio sounds as one instrument. My favorite parts of the recording are when the violin and cello play in octaves together. The sound just RINGS!
You can hear this outstanding trio LIVE in just a few short weeks. Order your tickets today while there are still great seats available! I'll keep listening to the musical treat I received in my mailbox in the meantime, and I'll look forward to seeing you at the concert. Believe me, if this recording is any indication, the trio's live performance will be one not to miss.