On Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Pasadena Community Orchestra (PCO) will present an afternoon of music, wine and hors d’oeuvres as its third annual Chamber Music Benefit. The award-winning Elixir Piano Trio (Lucy Nargizyan, Samvel Chilingarian and Garik Terzian) will perform. Admission will be $50 per person in advance (or $60 at the door), with all proceeds benefitting PCO.
Part of the repertoire will be Anton Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1, regarded as his masterpiece and considered one of the finest examples of Russian romantic piano trio. Arensky dedicated this piece to the memory of cello virtuoso Karl Davidoff, and the cello plays a major role in the trio, giving the piece a particularly rich sound. Also on the program are “Adagio” from Spartacus by Khatchaturian, Astor Piazzolla’s popular tango, Oblivion, and Cassandra’s Rockaby by contemporary composer Penka Kouneva.
Known for promoting works by contemporary composers, the dynamic Elixir Piano Trio performs both traditional and modern repertoire with classical, folk and jazz influences. The group won the Most Distinguished Musician award at the 2005 IBLA International Competition in Italy and is the Trio-in-Residence at the Beverly Hills International Music Festival.
The Elixir Trio is a truly international ensemble: pianist Nargizyan was raised in Moscow, violinist Chilingarian is a native of Armenia and studied in Vienna, and cellist Terzian grew up in the former Czechoslovakia. The three of them are members of the faculty at East Los Angeles College, and Nargizyan and Terzian are also on the Glendale Community College faculty.
The concert will be held at a historical home in Altadena located at 1375 East Hull Lane. Space is limited so you must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Feb. 19. Find more information at www.pcomusic.org or call (626) 445-6708. Tickets are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/537861.
This is a true Pasadena event supported by multiple local businesses, including Old Town Music, Green Street Restaurant, and Edible Arrangements Pasadena.
Photos courtesy of PCOmusic.org