Great Performance Series Welcomes
Trend-Setting Ahn Trio
Posted October 22, 2002
HOLLAND -- They may not look like the average
classical piano trio, but the Ahn Trio continues to impress
critics while bringing new audiences to classical music.
The Ahn Trio will appear as part of the Hope
College Great Performance Series on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 8
p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
Twins Maria and Lucia, and their sister Angella,
are breathing new life into chamber music, especially as
they venture into contemporary classical music.
Born in Korea, the sisters made their debut on
Korean television, and then went to study at the prestigious
Juilliard School of Music. Since then, they have stunned
critics with their performances of classic piano trio works,
while reaching out to new audiences with an appearance on
MTV, and recordings of contemporary composers.
"A dominant musical gene has obviously left its
imprint on the sisters Ahn," writes the "Los Angeles Times."
Their family success and fashion-model looks have
landed them in a range of media, including "Vogue," "GQ,"
and "Time" magazines. They have not only appeared on MTV,
but PBS and the Oxygen Channel as well.
Their performance at Hope College will feature two
contemporary pieces written for the trio, and recorded on
their latest CD, "Groovebox," scheduled for release on Oct.
Their first three recordings have brought awards
and praise. "Audio Magazine" said a Ravel piece was "never
better played" than on their recording, and "BBC Music
Magazine" says their second recording "will be one to return
to again and again."
Their third release, called "Ahn-Plugged," after
their MTV Unplugged appearance, showed their growing
interest in contemporary music.
The trio's performances have been as successful as
"Their technique is impressive, and they balanced
unanimity and individuality in a spirit that is as the heart
of chamber music," reviewed "The Washington Post."
In addition to new pieces by Maurice Jarren and
Michael Nyman, the trio will also be performing Josephy
Haydn's "Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, Hob. XV:29," and the
young composer Kenji Bunch's "Swing Shift: Music for Evening
Tickets for the performance are
$14 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and $5
for Hope College students. Tickets will be on sale on
Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 4-6, at the DeWitt Center Box Office,
and at the door if available.
Tickets may be purchased by credit card by calling
the box office at 616-395-7890. The box office is in the
theatre lobby of the DeWitt Center, located on Columbia
Avenue at 12th Street.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College
Avenue at 12th Street.