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Morgenstern Piano Trio Performs Work by Vermont Composer Pierre Jalbert Feb. 22

February 8, 2017

Concert Also Includes Classical Works by Tailleferre and Ravel

three musicians stand in front of an abstract backgroundThe concert program will include Germaine Tailleferre’s ravishingly beautiful Piano Trio, initially written in 1916–1917, and revised six decades later; Maurice Ravel’s Baroque-inspired Piano Trio in A Minor; and Vermont composer Pierre Jalbert’s Piano Trio No. 2, written specifically for the Morgenstern Trio. The concert is sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, and is part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series.

About the Morgenstern Piano Trio

Trio members Catherine Klipfel (piano), Stefan Hempel (violin), and Emanuel Wehse (cello) first met as students at the Folkwang Conservatory in Essen, Germany. After only two short years of working together, the trio emerged with top prizes and awards including the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Award in 2010. This prize catapulted them onto the United States music scene, with performances in Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and further concerts across the country. Robert Battey of the Washington Post wrote: “the Morgenstern’s clarity of musical detail and technical excellence made this a night to remember. This was one of the best concerts I’ve heard all season.”

The trio has garnered many honors before and since, including first prize at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, awards at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich, and the German Music Competition. Most recently, the Morgenstern Trio was selected by the European Concert Hall Organization for its Rising Star Series, granting the group debut concerts in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Cologne, Brussels, Birmingham, and Stockholm.

Mentors such as the Alban Berg Quartet and Menahem Pressler have given the Morgenstern Trio invaluable coaching and musical insight. In summer 2014 the trio launched their own Morgenstern Festival in Germany. The trio has released five critically-acclaimed CDs, and is currently at work on a new release featuring the Jalbert work that will be performed in Middlebury.

About Pierre Jalbert

Earning widespread notice for his richly colored and superbly crafted scores, Pierre Jalbert (b. 1967) has developed a musical language that is engaging, expressive, and deeply personal. Among his many honors are the Rome Prize, the BBC Masterprize, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s 2007 Stoeger Award, given biennially “in recognition of significant contributions to the chamber music repertory,” and a 2010 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Jalbert describes his second piano trio as “two movements of contrasting character. A couple of ideas inspired each movement: the first was the thought of a desert landscape at night, desolate and calm; the second came from an incident driving home in Houston… These were simply starting points and themusic itself eventually developed on its own terms.” Jalbert will offer a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30 P.M. in Room 125 of the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

The Morgenstern Piano Trio’s concert will take place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 7:30 P.M. in the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. (Composer Pierre Jalbert’s pre-concert talk will be held at 6:30 P.M.) The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Route 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 captions:

(top right, top left, second from top left, bottom left) The Morgenstern Piano Trio will perform at the Mahaney Center for the Arts February 22. Photo by Irene Zandel

(bottom right) Vermont composer Pierre Jalbert's work will be featured in a concert by the Morgenstern Piano Trio at the Mahaney Center for the Arts on February 22. Photo by Richard Bowditch

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