New (Yet Familiar) Montrose Trio Launches ChamberMusic@Beall

The Montrose Trio

September 21, 2015—The University of Oregon is enormously proud to launch the annual ChamberMusic@Beall concert series—known throughout Oregon for bringing renowned live chamber musicians to the ears of Willamette Valley music-lovers—with a visit by the Montrose Trio.

In all, six ensembles will take the stage for the 2015-16 series, ranging from an all-brass ensemble to a choral ensemble. Following the Montrose Trio’s concert on Oct. 4, the Latin America-tinged performances of the young Dalí Quartet will follow on Nov. 22. Complete details on all six concerts are available online.

Securing the Montrose Trio to anchor the season is a bit of a coup for the UO. The Montrose is a newly formed ensemble, and while the players will inject the vitality of a young group into the ChamberMusic@Beall series, the welcome sound will be familiar to fans of classical chamber music.

In the creation of the Montrose, esteemed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, no stranger to the Beall Concert Hall stage, has joined forces with former Tokyo String Quartet members Clive Greensmith (cello) and Martin Beaver (violin) in an unprecedented collaboration.

With the ChamberMusic@Beall series, the Oregon Bach Festival has established a year-round presence in the Willamette Valley musical landscape. The OBF partners with the UO School of Music and Dance in administering the series, hosted by the historic Beall Concert Hall located at 961 E. 18th Ave in Eugene, on the UO campus. The hall is an intimate venue known up and down the West Coast for its incredible acoustics.

Patrons can purchase reserved-seating tickets in advance from the Hult Center for the Performing Arts (541-682-5000) or the UO Ticket Office (541-346-4363). On each of the two fall concert dates, attendees are invited to a free pre-concert "Musical Insights" talk at 2:10 p.m., delivered by a UO musicologist.

Sunday, October 4
Montrose Trio

3 p.m., Beall Concert Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building
$45, $38, $32, $19. Reserved seating tickets.

This new ensemble, which includes pianist Jon Kimura Parker along with former Tokyo String Quartet members Clive Greensmith, cello; and Martin Beaver, violin; will perform Haydn’s Trio in E Major, Hob. XV:28 (Op. 86); Shostakovich’s Trio in E minor (Op. 67); and Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor (Op. 49).

These accomplished soloists and chamber musicians join forces to offer a new piano trio that will showcase their impeccable playing and captivating performance style.

Formed in 2014, the Montrose Trio is a collaboration stemming from a long and fruitful relationship between pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the Tokyo String Quartet. Parker was the quartet’s final guest pianist, and a backstage conversation with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith led to the Montrose Trio’s creation.

Named after Chateau Montrose, a storied Bordeaux wine long favored after concerts, the Montrose Trio has quickly established a reputation for performances of the highest distinction. The Montrose Trio gave their debut performance for the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, with subsequent performances at Wolftrap in Washington, DC; in Montreal; and at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Sunday, November 22
Dalí Quartet

3 p.m., Beall Concert Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building
$45, $38, $32, $19. Reserved seating tickets.

The Dalí QuartetWith an artist’s grace and a Caribbean soul, the Dalí Quartet is today’s freshest voice in Classical and Latin-American music. Anchored in both Venezuela's El Sistema and in American classical conservatory traditions, this exciting quartet combines the best of both worlds.

The Dalí Quartet’s captivating performances of traditional string quartet and Latin American repertoire create an extraordinary concert experience that takes listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound.

In the spirit of famed Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, the Dalí Quartet embraces imagination and excellence as central to its art form. Members include Simón Gollo, first violin; Carlos Rubio, second violin; Adriana Linares, viola; and Jesús Morales, cello.

Based in Philadelphia, the quartet has brought the Latin-Classical connection to television, festivals, educational, and presenting organizations on tour in Canada, the U.S., and South America.