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The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and Miami String Quartet Perform Septet Premiere at Severance Hall

Posted Oct, 20, 2009

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Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson TrioKent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series will present a free concert on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at 8 p.m. in Severance Hall.   Featuring The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the concert will also feature the nationally-recognized Miami String Quartet as they perform the Ohio premiere of a piano and string septet. 

The event will be in the Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.  Reservations are not required.  Seating is free and open to the public and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Parking is available at the Campus Center Garage for a fee.

The program will begin with Boccherini's Cello Quintet in E major for Strings G. 275 (Op. 11, No. 5).  Highlighting the evening’s performance will be the Ohio premiere of Pultizer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Piano and String Septet.  Possibly the first-ever work written for this combination of instruments, Zwilich's Septet was commissioned by the Kennedy Center's Abe Fortas Memorial Fund.  The program will close with Schumann Quintet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 44

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the premiere of this impressive work,” said Dr. John Crawford, interim dean of the College of the Arts.  “It is thanks to The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series that we are able to offer such a desirable concert to the community.”

After three decades appearing in the world's major concert halls, commissioning spectacular new works and maintaining an active recording agenda, The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences and critics alike with their unparalleled artistry. Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter's inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature. 

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio opened the 2008-09 season at Wigmore Hall in London with a complete cycle of Beethoven’s Trios.  This season the award-winning Trio is also celebrating the 70th birthdays of two distinguished composers with performances of works written specifically for them: Joan Tower’s For Daniel, and the world premiere of Ellen Zwilich’s Septet in collaboration with The Miami String Quartet, who serves as Kent State University School of Music’s Quartet-in-Residence.

The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series is made possible by a generous gift to the College of the Arts from David “Max” and Cecile “Cil” Draime, in memory of their dear friend, Tom Schroth.  Their vision brings distinguished professionals in architecture, visual art, music, theatre and dance to Kent State University to share interdisciplinary experiences with students, faculty and the community. Presented in conjunction with Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music which recently launched its “Hit the Right Chord” Steinway campaign earlier this year, The School of Music strives for further excellence by becoming an all-Steinway Piano School.

Full Biography of Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio can be found at:

Media Contact: Effie Tsengas,, 330-672-8398