Barbara Rose Shuler
Barbara Rose Shuler

Oboist-conductor Vladimir Lande keeps a tight schedule this week. Dashing from one concert in Seoul, Korea to another in Carmel, he arrives here the day of his appearance with the Poulenc Trio at Sunset Center.

Lande dons his conductor's garb to lead the St. Petersburg State Symphony in orchestral masterpieces by Glinka and Tchaikovsky in Korea's Sejong Center for the Performing Arts.

In Carmel he picks up his oboe to play piano-woodwind trios in Chamber Music Monterey Bay's second concert of the season. He joins pianist Irina Kaplan and bassoonist Bryan Young for an engaging program of works by Beethoven, Francis Poulenc, Dmitri Shostakovich, Michael Glinka and Andre Previn.

The Poulenc Trio has been described as an ensemble with a prodigious touring calendar. It has performed in most of the U.S. states and has appeared in halls and music festivals around the world including the Ravello Festival in Italy, the San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico, and the White Nights Festival in Russia. In Russia the trio premiered two new works with famed violinist Hilary Hahn.

Piano, oboe and bassoon makes an unusual combo for a chamber group giving members of Poulenc incentives to expand the repertoire these instruments.

The trio has premiered 20 new works written for the group since its inception, including three triple concertos for the trio and full orchestra.

The trio not only has a strong commitment to commissioning, playing and recording new works from living composers, it also created an innovative concert series called Music at the Museum paring music with exhibitions.


For this gambit they collaborated with the National Gallery in Washington DC, the Walters Art Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art and the Hermitage State Museum in Russia.

Musical and educational outreach programs form another important focus for the trio including their informal performance and residency series for younger audiences around the country as well their master classes in university settings.

The Poulenc Trio promises a delightful and intriguing concert with some passionate and talented players.

Coming up

Next week the Los Angeles Piano Quartet will appear in the Carmel Music Society Series, on Friday, Dec. 7, and the holiday concerts begin.

Our terrific choruses will present their sumptuous winter programs over the next few weeks culminating in the annual Carmel Mission concert on Dec. 21 with San Francisco's fabulous "orchestra of voices" Chanticleer.

Returning this year for more fine singing of the season will be this region's I Cantori, Camerata Singers and the Monterey Peninsula Choral Society. Stay tuned for details.

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What: Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents Poulenc Trio
Where: Sunset Center, Ninth Avenue and San Carlos Street, Carmel
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec.1
Tickets: $31-$46, 625-2212 or online at or at the Sunset Center box office; adult students and active military with valid ID, $15
Information: Free pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. at Sunset Center. The Kids Up Front & Free program is available for this concert. Up to two children, grades 4-12, can attend free with one paid adult at $25. 625-2212