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famed classical trio that has
given the public 25 years of
beautiful music transforms into
quartet when the Chamber
Music Society of Detroit presents its fourth
concert in the 2002-2003 season.
Joining the Kalichstein-Laredo-
Robinson Trio 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14,
at the Seligman Performing Arts Center
in Beverly Hills will be violist Cynthia
Phelps, a soloist as well as member of
the New York Philharmonic.
The musicians' program will include
Mozart's Piano Quartet in E-fiat Major,
Arensky's Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor
and Brahms' Piano Quartet in G Minor.
"The piano quartet literature is some
of the most delicious, beautiful and bril-
liant chamber music ever," says pianist
Joseph Kalichstein, who has continued to
accept solo engagements since forming
the trio 26 years ago with violinist Jaime
Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson.
"The combination of piano trio plus
viola has excited composers, and the
pieces for that combination are among
the ones we love.
"Mozart was the first composer to
write for that combination; he complet-
ed two great pieces, and we're playing -, s,
one of them," Kalichstein says.
• "Brahms also was one of the great
proponents; he wrote three beautiful
works, and we're playing the most popu-
lar because it has an incredibly exciting
"In between those two pieces, we're
playing a piece that Jascha Heifetz made
very famous. It was very popular at the
beginning of the 20th century and
somehow got lost in the shuffle. It's a lot
of fun because it allows musicians to let
The trio, named 2002's Ensemble of
STORY on page 80
Marking 25 year
Trio performs Chamber Music
Society of Detroit concert.
Trio — Jaime Laredo,
Sharon Robinson and
seated, — first
in 1977, when they were
part of the White House
celebration of President