Greetings friends, supporters, lovers of music all! What a whirlwind year for the Delphi Trio- 2014 has been a great adventure so far, setting the stage for our biggest and best yet to come in the 2014-2015 season.
Let’s take a quick look back at selected highlights from January to June:
The year began with the exciting launch of The Practice Project– a community forum encouraging and connecting people interested in coming back to their relationship to music with a new perspective. We are so inspired by the number of participants and their willingness to share their personal journeys of practice. No matter where you are in life, connecting actively with music is an affirming, community building experience.
Next up, a special concert at the Crowden Music Center in Berkeley with the great cellist Bonnie Hampton. Jeff joined Bonnie for sonatas by Beethoven and Debussy followed by Brahms’ epic Piano Quintet in f minor op.34 with Liana, Joseph Maile and Pei-Ling Lin. Bonnie Hampton has been a great musical mentor to us, and we feel lucky to collaborate with an artist of her caliber.
February started off with Delphi’s curated concert of chamber music with friends from the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. In addition to the Trio’s performances of works by Brahms, William Bolcom, Max Stoffregen, the audience was treated to a wide ranging, eclectic program that included everything from Dvorak quintet to Frank Martin’s Rhapsodie for two violins, two violas and double bass, to sizzling jazz tunes played by the Out of Bounds Quartet.
In late February, Jeff, Liana and Michelle traveled to Barnesville, Georgia to perform at the Gordon State Recital Series. Led by professor James Wallace, the series is situated in a beautiful hall at the college with a first rate Steinway, attended by a loyal and enthusiastic audience, and fosters a spirit of approachability next to first rate quality. We had a blast and loved staying in a pre-Civil War era house that has been converted into a bed and Breakfast.
After the concert, we drove to the Heritage School the following morning to play for and speak with their upper and lower school students. Hundreds of attentive listeners crowded into the cafeteria to listen to Brahms, Faure, and Max Stoffregen’s Coyote Plan (consistent favorite among the high school students)
March saw the introduction to Scott Parkman, found Artistic and Executive Director of American Century Music, and organization dedicated to the performance of American music familiar and obscure. When Scott heard our performance at a salon concert presented by the Oakland East Bay Symphony, he immediately invited us to collaborated on a series of curated trio programs and individual concertos with orchestra. Featured composers include Beach, Copland, Barber, Gershwin, Bernstein and more.
April brought Delphi to Sunset Concerts in Los Gatos, California, a small series with a prestigious lineup. After playing a full program of Haydn, Henry Cowell, Faure and Schubert, Delphi received one of the best critiques to date from Peninsula Reviews. Heather J. Morris wrote that the Trio, “… performed with confidence, precision, and a masterful ability to capture the subtle expressions in a wide variety of music.” And, our favorite quote,” The energy was contagious and the way in which each performer communicated with the others was a veritable lesson in ensemble playing.”
In May, Delphi returned to Old First Concerts where our program was extremely well received by audience and critics alike. Stephen Smoliar of the SF Examiner found our performance of Schubert’s E-flat Trio to be,”… the perfect synthesis of Classical structure and Romantic expressiveness, with both sides of the dialectical opposition held in perfect balance.”
June started out with Delphi’s popular chamber music workshop for adults at the Crowden school. After the five days of intensive coaching and performing, the participants (and coaches) were exhausted but happy, and we were inspired by the students’ growth and excellence in performance.
Then it was off to the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival for our second and final year under the auspices of the Shouse Institute, a program supporting young artists at the beginning of their careers. Delphi performed works by Haydn, Arensky, Saint-Saens (e minor trio played by candlelight due to thunderstorm induced power outage) and the world premiere of a new work by Sahba Aminikia entitled “Night and Fog” commissioned by the festival for Delphi.
Hard to believe everything that has happened in the past six months, but we’re just getting started. As Delphi looks forward to its 5 year anniversary season, we thank all of you who have supported us in so many ways. You have allowed us to be where we are and to continue where we are going. Stay tuned for upcoming performances, information on our live recording project, and BIG news on the commissioning front……
Our gratitude to all of you who have supported us and continue to do so- it is with you that we celebrate the successes!