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Barbara Rose Shuler

The chamber artists respected as "America's premiere trio" will appear at Sunset Center in the Central Coast debut of Richard Danielpour's poignant "A Child's Reliquary."

The composer wrote this for the Kalichstein-Laredo- Robinson Trio — a favorite returning ensemble for chamber music lovers in the region.

Presented by Chamber Music Monterey Bay, the trio will also play Mozart's "Piano Trio in B-flat Major, K 502" and Tchaikovsky's "Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50."

KLR debuted at the White House for President Jimmy Carter's Inauguration in January 1977. It has been performing throughout the world for 36 years and has produced many award-winning recordings.

Pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature.

They also enjoy the distinction of being one of the few long-lived chamber ensembles with all of its original members.

The trio regularly brings newly commissioned works to its audiences. In celebration of its 35th anniversary, KLR has been performing new works by André Previn, Stanley Silverman and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich in addition to the Danielpour piece.

Musical America named KLR the "Ensemble of the Year" for 2002. The trio became Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the Kennedy Center during the 2002-2003 season, an honor they have enjoyed throughout subsequent seasons.


The classical music community holds this trio in high esteem as demonstrated by the frequent awards and tributes its members have received.

Danielpour wrote "A Child's Reliquary" in 1999, dedicated to the memory of Cole Carsan St. Clair.

"I know of nothing more tragic or heartbreaking than the death of a child," he said. "The work was intended as a kind of Kindertotenlieder without words — and everything in the piece, including references to the Brahms Cradle Song — relates to its initial inspiration. (It) was written expressly for Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson and Joseph Kalichstein."

The trio will perform at 8p.m. Saturday at the Sunset Center in Carmel. A pre-concert lecture will take place in Studio 105 at Sunset at 7p.m.

For tickets and more information, call 625-2212 or see Tickets may also be purchased at the Sunset box office the day of the show.

Youth Music Monterey County

Sunday afternoon at 2p.m., Youth Music Monterey County presents "Through Strength to Transformation," a concert conducted by Farkhad Khudyev, featuring young violin virtuoso Peter Mellinger.

He is the winner of the 2012-2013 Concerto Competition. Performances by professional vocal soloists Rebecca Davis, soprano, and Ben Gulley, tenor, also highlight this concert.

The program includes scenes from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" suite, Giuseppe Verdi's "Nabucco Overture," a "Leonore Overture" by Beethoven and the third movement from Max Bruch's "Violin Concerto in G Minor."

Davis and Gully will sing famous arias by Giacomo Puccini, Verdi and Gaetano Donizetti.

Mellinger has performed with the YMMC orchestras for more than eight years and has also appeared with the Carmel Bach Festival's Young Musicians Showcase.

He has proven himself to be a flexible musician, skilled as a chamber player as well as soloist and a jazz violinist as well as classical artist.

"Through Strength to Transformation" takes place at 2p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Sunset Center. For ticket and information call 375-1992 or see

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