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Event Archive - Gryphon Trio: Czech Masters: The Gryphon Trio

Fri. August 17th 2012 Christ Church Cathedral (All Ages)
10:30am - 11:30am
adult $27, student/sr $22
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Presented by: MusicFest Vancouver

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Music: Classical
Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90, “Dumky” Antonín Dvořák

Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15 Bedřich Smetana

A Bohemian rhapsody of romantic Czech music awaits you. Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák were the musical father figures who gave voice to the folk music of their native country in the Romantic era. Smetana is best known for his set of picturesque tone poems Má Vlast (“My country”). The heartfelt Piano Trio in G minor was without question Smetana’s first great masterpiece, and was much admired by Franz Liszt. In the 1860s, Smetana was also the director of the theatre orchestra in which the younger Antonín Dvořák dabbled as a violist. Thirty years later, Dvořák was an international celebrity, being wooed to teach in America. Before departing his homeland, he gave a forty-concert tour that featured his colourful Dumky Piano Trio, filled with “fleeting thoughts” of Czech folk songs and dances.


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The Gryphon Trio

Named for the mythical half-lion / half-eagle creature that was reputed to be a guardian of treasures and a symbol of the connection between psychic energy and cosmic force, the Gryphon Trio is known as one of Canada's foremost piano trios. The Trio, comprising Violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist Jamie Parker, have tou... more info