Zodiac Trio knows Yellow Springs series

The ensemble is now 10 years strong.

The Trio will perform a varied program at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at First Presbyterian Church as part of the Chamber Music in Yellow Springs concert series.

The Zodiac Trio first left its mark here as the CMYS 2009 Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles finalists. They’ve since played worldwide to accolades, said Angela Bringlinger, CMYS publicity chairwoman.

“The Zodiac really were still ‘emerging’ when they entered the competition, so it’s a good lead-in for this year’s competition, to take place on April 24,” she said.

The Zodiac Trio includes Vanessa Mollard on violin, Kliment Krylovskiy on clarinet and Riko Higuma on piano. They are celebrating their 10th anniversary together, having formed at the Manhattan School of Music.

Brintlinger said one of the concert highlights will be a piece from composer Galina Ustvolskaya, “Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano.”

“She is a composer who rarely gets programmed, but her music is really special, and, of course, the piece on the program is key for the violin-clarinet-piano trio repertoire,” Bringlinger said. “I teach at Ohio State, and one of my music major students, a violinist, is so thrilled to hear the Ustvolskaya live that he is planning to come out for the concert and to bring as many of his fellow musicians as he can round up.”

The program will also include American composer Andrew List’s four-part “Visions From the Aboriginal Dreamtime,” written for the Zodiac Trio; Paul Schoenfield’s “Fraylach” and Astor Piazzolla’s “Milonga del Angel” and “Muerte del Angel,” arranged by the Zodiac’s Riko Higuma.

The evening will end with a performance of Béla Bartók’s “Contrasts Sz. 111, BB 116.”

Bringlinger said concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early. Doors will open at 6:30 for the 6:45 pre-concert lecture.

The Zodiac Trio is involved in community engagement and education, as well, and will visit Mills Lawn School in Yellow Springs on Monday.

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