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Prague Chamber Orch. and Eroica Trio, Nov. 16

October 17, 2003
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Sunday, November 16, 2003

Fairfax, Virginia, October 13, 2003Prague Chamber Orchestra with the Eroica Trio take the stage together in an all-Beethoven program at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, November 16, at 4 p.m. An artistic discussion is held prior to the curtain, on the hall’s Grand Tier at 7:15PM.

The Eroica Trio has performed together for more than a decade. Pianist Erika Nickrenz, Adela Peña on violin, and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio are at the forefront of a generation of musicians that is changing the face of classical music and breaking down age-old gender barriers. A half-century ago, the 36-member Prague Chamber Orchestra made a name for itself by performing without a conductor, hardly the old school of classical music. This requires a unique rapport between all orchestra members, as one critic put it, "Each musician is a maestro." A careful selection of Beethoven’s masterworks gains new life when these two renowned ensembles unite at the Center for the Arts.

Leading off with the Coriolan Overture, Op. 62, the audience is quickly mesmerized as the sound of the first C minor theme impressively captures in sound the image of the defiant perseverance of the hero Coriolanus, a noble-minded man, wronged and rejected by his people. It has been said that Beethoven's "Triple Concerto" has been unjustly overshadowed by the composer's better-known concertos. The work is sometimes regarded as an almost backward-looking homage to the Baroque concerto grosso, when in fact it is a highly original work inspired by Dittersdorf and Johann Christian Bach.

The Prague Chamber Orchestra completes the concert with Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, which contained, one critic noted at the time, a "wealth of ideas, bold originality and fullness of strength."

Award-winning soloists in their own rights, the women of the Eroica Trio began to collaborate at an early age. The trio has made itself a mainstay by restlessly touring and recording. Their critically acclaimed recording, "Baroque," spent nine months in the top 20 on Billboard’s charts.

The Prague Chamber Orchestra features 12 violins, 4 violas, 4 violoncellos and 2 basses, supplemented with flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, French horns, trumpets, and tympani. The Washington Post described the ensemble’s sound as "light, clear, perfectly articulated and fresh as a spring gust of wind."


Coriolan Overture, Op. 62 Ludwig van Beethoven

Concerto in C major for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra, Op. 56

"Triple Concerto"
Largo - attacca:
Rondo alla polaca

Eroica Trio, soloists
Erika Nickrenz, piano; Adela Peña, violin
Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cello


Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60 Beethoven
Adagio - Allegro vivace
Allegro vivace - Trio: Un poco meno allegro
Allegro, ma non troppo

Tickets for the PRAGUE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA and EROICA TRIO are $48, $40, $24. 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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