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THE AHN TRIO - October 4, 8PM

September 11, 2003
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Saturday, October 4, 8PM

Fairfax, Virginia, September 8, 2003The Ahn Trio – Lucia on piano, Angella on violin, and Maria on cello – receive raves wherever they take their repertoire of innovative and interpretive music. George Mason University’s Center for the Arts welcomes the three virtuosos on Saturday, October 4 at 8PM in a concert featuring songs by the sisters’ good friend Kenji Bunch, as well as The Doors and Argentine legend Astor Piazzolla. An artistic discussion, free to ticket holders, is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

Looking at once trendy, glamorous and colorful, the trio’s looks often belie their obvious talents. Enrolled at Juilliard in 1981, the Ahns gained national attention in 1987 after a Time magazine article profiled "Asian American Whiz Kids." Their first recording – of Ravel – was praised by Audio magazine as "never better played," and, soon after, their recording of Dvorak, Suk and Shostakovich Trios won Germany’s prestigious ECHO Award. The sisters experimented with contemporary compositions on their two recent releases, "Ahn Plugged," and "Groovebox."

Lucia Ahn comments that Kenji Bunch’s Swing Shift, from their "Groovebox" CD illustrates best how, "Kenji's music incorporates all his passion --often jazzy, rhythmic and sensuous," and, explains Lucia, "because Bunch enjoys living in New York City, Swing Shift musically describes the city’s night life." The latest composition for the Ahns by London-based composer Michael Nyman, is the beautiful and dreamy Yellow Beach, included on this program along with Michal Rataj’s sensual transcription of The Doors’ haunting Riders on the Storm. The trio wanted to actually "play" the storm and not use a recorded storm sound – they accomplish this by throwing a tennis ball inside the piano onto the strings. For this program, the Ahn Trio also performs Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion and Primavera Portena. From a composer who devoted the final phase of his career to promoting the tango as a serious genre, Oblivion (1980) is an instrumental version of a song, originally from the film Henry IV. The trio was praised for their Piazzolla interpretations by the Milwaukee Sentinel, "you’d think these sisters had grown up on the streets of Buenos Aires."

October 4, 2003, 8PM

Yellow Beach (2002)* Michael Nyman [b. 1944, England]

Swing Shift: Music for Evening Hours (2002)*
Kenji Bunch [b. 1973, Portland, OR]
(Played without pause)
Night Flight
Club Crawl
Magic Hour

Mr. Twitty's Chair (2003) Katrina Wreede
Arranged for the trio by Kenji Bunch

Lullabye (1994)* Ronn Yedidia [b. 1960, Israel]

Riders on the Storm* The Doors
Transcribed for the trio by Michal Rataj
[b. 1975, Czech Republic]

Oblivion Astor Piazzolla [1921-1992]

Primavera Portena

*Composed for the Ahn Trio and recorded on Groovebox

Program Subject to Change

Tickets for The Ahn Trio are $40, $32, $20. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in University lot K.

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