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Lysander Piano Trio To Offer Veteran’s Day Program Nov. 11

October 27, 2015

“Silenced Voices” Program to Feature Composers Displaced by WWII

LysanderPianoTrio1-cred-BalazsBorocz.jpgMiddlebury, VT—The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series will present the young standout Lysander Piano Trio in a special concert in honor of Veteran’s Day. The program, entitled “Silenced Voices: Music by European Composers Displaced by World War II,” will be performed on Wednesday, November 11 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

About the Lysander Piano Trio

LysanderPianoTrio2-cred-BalazsBorocz.jpgThe Lysander Piano Trio, made up of violinist Itamar Zorman, pianist Liza Stepanova, and cellist Michael Katz, has been praised by the Strad for its “…incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas and wide palette of colors.” These qualities have gained the trio top honors at the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the 2011 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, and the 2011 J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition, and the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition.

The trio’s Carnegie Hall debut in April 2014 attracted the attention of the New York Times, which praised its “…rich sound and nuanced musicianship…resulting in a finely hued collaboration among the three musicians.” Highlights in recent seasons include engagements at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and David Rubinstein Atrium; the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, DC; Purdue University’s Convocations Series; Rockford Coronado Concerts near Chicago; and Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society and Elmira College in upstate New York.

LysanderPianoTrio-CD-cred-RichardBlinkoff.jpgThe trio is named after the young Athenian hero Lysander in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Among the trio’s world premieres was Four Movements Inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” penned by four pre-teen composers of ComposerCraft from New York’s Kaufman Music Center, performed at Merkin Concert Hall in January 2014.

Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll first encountered the trio at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Young Performers Career Advancement showcase in New York City, and knew she was hearing something special. “They’re all extremely strong performers individually—but as a trio, they sparkle.”

About the Program

The Lysander Piano Trio’s program honoring Veterans Day, entitled “Silenced Voices: Music by European Composers Displaced by World War II,” includes Ernst Krenek’s “Triophantasie” (1929); Paul Ben-Haim’s “Variations on a Hebrew Melody” (1933); Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Romanzero con Variazioni” from Trio no. 2 op. 70 (1932); and Mieczylaw Weinberg’s Piano Trio (1945). The trio gives compelling reasons for this program choice:

“The rise of Nazism and Fascism led to the ban of music by many important European composers, because of their race and/or because their music didn’t fit into the regime’s view of art as a tool of propaganda. These composers then fled to all corners of the earth, and many of them never experienced the same level of recognition that they enjoyed in their home countries. The program follows composers from different European countries (Austria, Poland, Italy, and Germany) who fled in the 1930s to varied destinations, from California to Moscow to Tel Aviv. In their music, one can hear both tunes from their homelands and the sounds of their adoptive countries, as well echoes of the dark times in Europe. We believe that this music of high quality deserves to be heard, and maybe regain its place in the concert halls.”

The concert by the Lysander Piano Trio will take place on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. in Robison Hall (Concert Hall) at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Rt. 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to


Photo credits:

Top right and bottom right: Lysander Piano Trio, photo Richard Blinkoff

Top center, second from top: Lysander Piano Trio, photo Balazs Borocz

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