It was quite a treat (and I don’t mean a Halloween treat) having the Nelson Overture Concert Society (NOCS) bring the Gryphon Trio to the Capitol Theatre on October 24.
Canada’s pre-eminent chamber ensemble showed the full house why they are so admired and the deserving winners of the 2013 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. Cellist Roman Borys, violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, and pianist Jamie Parker played, with precision and expression, an array of classical and contemporary works.
Parker was the spokesman for the trio and introduced the pieces with ease and clear communication delivering the composers history and intent behind the piece and the Trio’s interpretations. The first work, Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D Major showed off the composers creativity in three movements: unified, spooky, and happy. The Trio conveyed these intentions with perfection leaving the audience wanting more.
The second piece was a contemporary work by Michael Oesterle called Centennials, written in 2012, capturing recognized individuals born in 1912: Julia Child, Conlon Nancarrow and Alan Turing. The piece was edgy yet somehow soothing and entrancing.
The Trio captured the essence of each person through the creative composition. Oesterle is definitely a composer to listen for.
We are so very fortunate to have had them grace our stage and we hope to hear them again in the Nelson Kootenay Lake area.
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