A small but enthusiastic audience enjoyed listening to the world class piano trio when they performed on Saturday evening, March 30 as part of the concert offerings presented by the Centerville Concert Association. The Association has always tried to present a variety of music styles and this chamber group gave music patrons an education about chamber music which was somewhat new to Centerville. The Trio members were Itamar Zorman, violin, Eunteak Kim, piano, and Michael Katz, cello. The First Methodist Sanctuary was a perfect place to enjoy this music rather than a huge auditorium.
The Trio was very talented on their instruments and it brought back memories from years ago when I was in college. I had a double major of instrumental and vocal music. We were required to learn fingerings and how to play all the instruments as a music teacher. I remember I passed the piano test but the stringed instruments really gave me trouble, so when listening to this Trio, I really appreciated the still it takes to make music on the violin and cello.
Piano Trios usually have three or four movements. The program opened with a Russian Rachmaninoff selection which I thought was very dramatic. This was followed by “Piano Trio is A minor” by Maurice Ravel and I thought that it reminded me of music accompanying an adventure movie. Following intermission they played by favorite of the evening called Intermezzo from Goyescas, a Spanish tune taken from a piano suite of an opera. They closed the performance with an Antonin Dvorak Piano Trio No. 4 “Dumky,” one of his most famous works. We got to hear solos from each instrument plus duets and different colors featuring music from Moravia, Bohemia, Ukraine and other Slavic ballads. The dynamics on all selections was fantastic.