Friday, September 14, 2007

Concert Series Opens with Adaskin String Trio

Chestertown, MD, September 14, 2007 — The Washington College Concert Series begins its 2007-2008 season with a performance by the Adaskin String Trio at the Norman James Theatre on Saturday, September 22, at 8 p.m. The acclaimed trio will be joined in concert by Thomas Gallant, oboe.

The Adaskin String Trio is the premier ensemble of its kind in North America. Founded in 1994, the trio has performed extensively throughout the United States and Canada, including performances at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and in Montreal, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Boston, Florida, Oklahoma and Oregon. In addition, the trio's concerts have been recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio, Radio-Canada and National Public Radio.

The trio has become renowned for its interpretations of works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert as well as masterpieces by 20th-century giants such as Villa-Lobos and Schnittke. The Boston Globe enthused, "Not only was the Adaskin's technical mastery never in question, they brought to the music a focus and intensity that was all the keener for its felt, they were directing the listener to the heart of the matter."

Award-winning Thomas Gallant is one of the world's few virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on the oboe. Gallant has been praised by The New Yorker as "a player who unites technical mastery with intentness, charm and wit."

Now in its 56th season, the Washington College Concert Series will continue with performances by guitarist Alex de Grassi on October 27; the flute/piano duo "2" on February 2, 2008; the Cambodian Classics Ensemble on March 2, 2008; and harpist Elizabeth Hainen on April 26, 2008. All concerts are held at the College's Norman James Theatre in William Smith Hall. Single tickets can be purchased at the door, $15 for adults and $5 for youth and students. Season tickets are available for $50 per person in advance or at the box office on performance nights.

For more ticket information and a 2007-2008 season brochure, call 410-778-7839.

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