Trio Lorca @ Carnegie Hall

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Photo of Trio Lorca will play Carnegie Hall March 16

Trio Lorca will play Carnegie Hall March 16.

Trio Lorca is Terry Vermillion, percussion, Melissa Krause, flute, and soprano Catherine Verrilli Photo of Trio Lorca will play Carnegie Hall March 16 

A trio of classical musicians will take its genre-bending music to Carnegie Hall for a March 16 performance.

Soprano Catherine Verrilli, flutist Melissa Krause and percussionist Terry Vermillion will perform an hour-long show in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Recital Hall, the 268-seat chamber music venue at the world-famous concert center.

Just two blocks from Central Park in midtown Manhattan, 120-year-old Carnegie Hall is one of the world's great performance spaces. Musicians who've performed there include Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Billie Holiday, W.C Handy, Judy Garland, Isaac Stern and the Beatles.

View Trio Lorca's 2012 concert flyer (PDF).

The nine-year-old ensemble stretches the boundaries of the classical trio format, in both music and performance choices. The repertoire ranges from European-style madrigals, to modern classical works by composers such as Aaron Copland and Charles Ives, to pop music by songwriter Rufus Wainwright. At Carnegie Hall, the threesome will wear clothing created by East Village designer Garo Sparo, including a black leather-and-silk gown for Verrilli and a black West Africa-inspired dashiki for Vermillion.

The scarcity of works for a soprano-flute-percussion trio has forced Trio Lorca to take liberties with classical works. Their adaptations and arrangements can require them to play parts written for instruments other than their own. Krause, for example, may play a line, or combination of lines, written for piano or other orchestral instrument. Vermillion can change the character of a work simply by choosing which of 26 percussion instruments will voice a part.

Meet Trio Lorca

Krause, Vermillion and Verrilli practice daily on their own, meeting once a week for group rehearsal. Meet the musicians:

Krause's music has been performed at the Dvorak Museum in the Czech Republic and at the New Music Festival at Florida State University (FSU). She holds a doctorate from FSU.

A timpanist for the St. Cloud Symphony, Vermillion has traveled the world exploring musical forms such as Indonesian gamelan, Brazilian samba and Afro-Cuban rhumba. He earned his doctorate at University of Northern Colorado.

The Washington Post has described Verrilli's voice as "gently agile" and "expressive." She was a finalist in the Washington International Competition for Singers. Her doctorate is from the University of Maryland School of Music.

“It’s like we change the colors and the depth,” said Verrilli. “But, it’s still playing off the page.”

The Carnegie show is a “stamp of approval” for the trio’s professional development efforts, which include commissioning works and adapting and arranging others’ works, Vermillion said.  He credits Music Department colleagues and Mark Springer, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, for supporting that professional development.

Trio Lorca’s performances often include solo, duo and trio presentations. The March 16 Carnegie Hall concert will include pianist Ann DuHamel on Henryk Gorecki’s “Good Night” and "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" by Lukas Foss. DuHamel is a teaching specialist in keyboard studies at University of Minnesota-Morris.

Trio Lorca is appearing at Carnegie Hall as part of the Distinguished Concerts Artists Series.

Visit the Trio Lorca website and Facebook page.

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