New World Trio Concerts 2018-2019

St John Nave

All concerts are held Sunday afternoons at 2pm at St John's Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, Connecticut. Plenty of free and secure parking, with easy access to I-84.

September 30, 2018      Native Sons

Piano Trio, op. 3 in G minor ............................................................................... Ernest Chausson
Circulo .......................................................................................................................Joaquin Turina
Trio #2, op. 65  .............................................................................................................Arthur Foote

January 13, 2019         The Influence of a Woman (Nadezhda von Meck) 

Piano Trio in G major..............................................................................................Claude Debussy
Trio, op. 50 in A minor …………………………………...................................…Peter I. Tchaikovsky

March 31, 2019          Endings 

Piano Trio in B flat, "Archduke," op. 97………….........................................Ludwig van Beethoven
Trio, op. 67 in E minor.......................................................................….…......Dimitri Shostakovich
Harp of Canaan (commissioned in memory of Sally Williams) .......….....................Stephen Gryc

Harp of Canaan - program notes by Stephen Gryc:

The New World Trio commissioned me to compose Harp of Canaan in memory of Sally Williams, a good friend of the NWT. Sally had a remarkably diverse and extensive education that included degrees in the arts, education, and religion. Her professional career was also diverse, but I was inspired particularly by her work as a hospital chaplain and decided to orient my piece toward Sally’s spiritual life.

Harp of Canaan is based on an old tune called North Port, one of many short works that make up a unique American repertoire of communal Christian choral music know as Sacred Harp or shape-note singing. Sacred Harp singing originated in New England and is still practiced by groups of mostly amateur singers who come together to sing for themselves and to praise God. The refrain of North Port includes the words: “I want a seat in Paradise, Glory Hallelujah! I love that union never dies, Glory Hallelujah!” The old tune provides the melodic and harmonic fabric of my piece which begins with a single instrumental voice and gradually adds three more. After a rousing four-voice version of North Port comes a series of variations which develop different aspects of the tune but maintain the harmonic language and ardent character of the original. The title of the piece refers to Sacred Harp music and to that part of the Holy Land from which Canaan, Connecticut took its name.  I want the music to express transcendent joy, the joy that Sally surely felt in her work supporting the arts and ministering to people in need.

Please join us at the reception that will follow each concert.

New World Trio is Ensemble-in-Residence at St John’s Episcopal Church. In keeping with its mission to serve all, St John’s does not sell admission tickets as such; in lieu of ticket sales, a suggested voluntary donation to New World Trio of $20 can be made either at the door or in advance. For those patrons who do wish to donate in advance, a special seating section at the front of the sanctuary will be cordoned off for advance donors and full-season donors. The suggested full-season donation is $50 [checks made out to New World Trio]. NWT will acknowledge your advance donation and any additional donations by mail. For more information call 860 586-8579 or email: newworldtrio@outlook.com.