Shriver Hall Concert Series – Baltimore’s premier showcase of chamber music ensembles and solo recitalists – will continue its 2021-22 season on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by the acclaimed Junction Trio, consisting of violinist Stefan Jackiw, cellist Jay Campbell and pianist Conrad Tao. The Trio presents a program including the Piano Trio in A minor by Ravel and the Piano Trio in B major by Brahms, Op. 8, plus Passing Through, Staying Put by Christopher Trapani. After a widely acclaimed 2020-21 digital season, the Shriver Hall Concert Series is offering all ticket holders the opportunity to watch this season’s main stage concerts live from home.
Passing Through, Staying Put (2011) by Christopher Trapani is a play divided into two parts, like the novel from which it takes its title – Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer – or the city of its premiere, Nicosia. According to Trapani, “The first half (Passing Through) is all about movement and change; a long string of four-note piano chords of consonants – calculated in OpenMusic to match a meticulous set of voice-leading principles – unfolds throughout the piece, as snippets of material in the strings flow in and out of phase in Nancarrow-inspired chiasma patterns.The second part (Staying Put) on the other hand deals with installation and stasis, a sense of arrival.
Commenting on their upcoming Baltimore debut, The Junction Trio says, “We are so excited to share an evening of music with a live audience at Shriver Hall. In the past, Baltimore (a city dear to our hearts) has welcomed us individually with an arm and we are grateful to return to Charm City as a trio – and we show our gratitude by presenting a unique and challenging program.”
The Junction Trio’s Conrad Tao previously gave his Baltimore recital debut at Shriver Hall on April 7, 2019, replacing Piotr Anderszewski. Commenting on the performance, Tim Smith, former arts editor of the Baltimore Sun, exclaimed, “‘Pianist’ seems like far too restrictive a term for Conrad Tao. elements of adventurer, intellectual, charmer, poet, and badass. Certainly not just another talented keyboardist.” On April 29, 30 and May 1, 2022, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will present Stefan Jackiw at the world premiere of Tao’s new Violin Concerto.
Sunday February 13, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.
Shriver Room | 3400 N. Charles Street | Baltimore, MD 21218
Tickets: $44 for a seated ticket or live stream at home.
CHRISTOPHER TRAPANI: Pass, stay put
Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor
JOHANNES BRAHMS: Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8
Stefan Jackiw, violin
Jay Campbell, cello
Conrad Tao, piano
About Junction Trio
Three visionary next-generation artists combine internationally acclaimed talents in the eclectic new ensemble, Junction Trio. The trio has performed at Washington Performing Arts, Portland Ovations, Rockport Music, Chautauqua Institution, Royal Conservatory in Toronto and the Aspen Music Festival.
This season, the Junction Trio performs in Rockport, Moab, New Orleans, Key West, Eugene, Shriver Hall in Baltimore, Duke Performances and Cliburn Concerts in Ft. Worth. The Junction Trio was selected by New York classical music radio station WQXR to be part of their first Artist Propulsion Lab, which allowed them to hire collaborators and commission work. This opportunity also allows them to take advantage of WQXR’s various outlets to reach audiences via Greene Space performances, on-air curatorial opportunities, and more.
During the 2020-2021 season, live and virtual performances were presented by Caramoor, Harvard Musical Association, Corpus Christi, Cleveland and Philadelphia Chamber Music Societies, Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, and Emory University. Highlights of the 2019-20 season included debuts at the Orange County Philharmonic Society and BIG ARTS Sanibel.
Admired for his combination of poetic interpretation and impeccable technique, violinist Stefan Jackiw joins cellist Jay Campbell and pianist and composer Conrad Tao, whom The New York Times called a musician “of penetrating intelligence and open view”. Campbell, too, was hailed by The New York Times as “electrifying”, approaching old and new works with equal curiosity and emotional engagement, while Jackiw was celebrated for his “remarkable purity of tone”. Learn more at www.jcttrio.com.