JShatinPhoto2The Premiere of Judith Shatin’s Long Story Short for piano trio will be given by the Kandinsky Trio as part of their Champagne Concert on Saturday, January 26 – 7:30 PM at Olin Theater on the campus of Roanoke College, 221 College Lane in Salem, Virginia.

The composer writes about the piece, “Long Story Short is a brief piano trio commissioned by and dedicated to the Kandinsky Trio on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary. Music, whether specifically programmatic or not, as in this case, suggests narrative through gesture, dynamics, instrumental techniques, pace, tempo, and all of the myriad elements that contribute to one’s musical experience. The title was inspired by the use of the term by a friend of mine who wants to give a pithy rendition of every narrative. The trio members had asked me to reflect upon Faure’s Piano Quartet in C Minor, also programmed on this concert, while composing mine, and there are several references that form part of the story. Long Story Short is published by Wendigo Music

The Kandinsky Trio, consisting of pianist Elizabeth Bachelder, violinist Benedict Goodfriend and cellist Alan Weinstein, is celebrating its 25th season with a commissioning project, “25 X 25.” Twenty-five composers are writing 25 short pieces that will be performed this season as part of a Trio series at Roanoke College. Visit them at http://www.kandinskytrio.org/.

Other commissioned composers on the January 26 concert are Jon Grier and David Jones. Faure’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 15 will also be performed. Special guest will be violist Hillary Herndon.

Tickets are $20 general admission and $12 for seniors and students. For more information, visit http://webapps.roanoke.edu/webcal/detail.cfm?id=4141.

Ravello Records has reissued Judith Shatin’s acclaimed CD Piping the Earth – http://www.classicsonline.com/catalogue/product.aspx?pid=1434848. Her music can also be heard on the Grammy-nominated Innova Records release, Tower of the Eight Winds,(http://www.innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=407) and the Hexagon Ensemble’s Dutch Connection CD on Etcetera, with more on the Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.

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