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Gifted young players will play music of Beethoven, Ravel, and Brahms

The Guild Trio, called "a beautiful new landmark" by the Boston Globe, will play the music of Beethoven, Ravel, and Brahms in a Music Matinee concert on Sunday, February 9, at 3 p.m. in Reed's Vollum Lecture Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503/777-7755.

The New York-based Guild Trio consists of Patricia Tao on piano, Janet Orenstein on violin, and Brooks Whitehouse on cello. Since its beginning in 1988, the Guild Trio has attracted international attention. Three months after its formation, the group won the prestigious USIA Artistic Ambassador Competition, which resulted in a seven-country tour of Europe in 1989. In 1990 the Tanglewood Music Center awarded the trio the position of trio in residence. The group has gone on to win the 1991 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and has been awarded grants from Chamber Music America for their residency at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

The Guild Trio holds to the highest standards of technique, interpretation, and ensemble playing, and they are dedicated to the modernization of the standard piano repertoire. Their recent premieres include performances of Harvey Sollberger's From Winter's Frozen Stillness at New York's Merkin Concert Hall, Bradley Lubman's Time is of the Essence at Tanglewood, and the live radio broadcast premiere of Roger Smalley's Trio for the Australian Broadcasting Company. They have recorded Sheila Silver's To the Spirit Unconquered, a commissioned work that they premiered in 1993, on the CRI label.

"This was the kind of eager exploration one heard from the Beaux Arts Trio in its first years. . . . They simply never play notes. Every phrase, every sentence has shape and meaning, and the exchange of ideas continues during the actual performance. . . . Playing of this order is too rare these days." --The Ottawa Citizen