The Nelson Overture Concerts Society is setting the bar high, starting off its 58th season by bringing to Nelson the internationally acclaimed piano trio — The Gryphon Trio.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly-refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are striving to redefine chamber music for the 21st century.
Deeply committed to the education of the next generations of audiences and performers alike, the Gryphons take time out of their busy touring schedule to conduct master classes and workshops at universities and conservatories across North America, and are artists-in-residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.
Last month, it was announced that The Gryphon Trio had won the $30,000 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts for 2013. The Walter Carsen Prize, administered and presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by Canadian artists who have spent the major part of their career in Canada in dance, theatre or music.
For their Nelson audience, The Gryphon Trio’s program will consist of Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio, Op. 70 #1 — second in fame only to the “Archduke” — as well as, award winning Canadian composer Michael Oesterle’s “Centennials,” and the famous Mendelssohn Trio in D minor.
The Gryphon Trio will perform at the Capitol Theatre, Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at capitoltheatre.bc.ca or by phoning 250-352-6363 and are $24 for adults, $14 for students. Students from schools that participate in the NOCS School Outreach Program can access tickets free of charge.