Eroica Trio to make Penn State premiere Nov. 3 at Schwab Auditorium

October 29, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- The Eroica Trio, the most in-demand piano trio on the planet, makes its Penn State debut in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Schwab Auditorium. The Eroica, known for its programs of music from various time periods and genres, will perform Jean-Baptiste Loeillet’s "Trio Sonata No. 2 in B minor," Astor Piazzolla’s "Three Tangos" and Robert Schumann’s "Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major."

The program also includes American composer Kevin Puts’ "Trio-Sinfonia" (2007), a work co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts through its membership in Music Accord, a national consortium of presenters.

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts concert are $38 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $31 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets also are available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Tickets Downtown in the Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

Pianist Erika Nickrenz and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio, founding members of the trio and graduates of New York City’s Juilliard School, and violinist Susie Park, an alumna of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute who joined the ensemble in 2006, tour extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. The Grammy-nominated trio, which earned the prestigious Naumburg Award in 1991, has released acclaimed recordings exclusively for Angel/EMI Classics Records.

The trio’s name is a nod to Ludwig van Beethoven’s fiery "Symphony No. 3." Eroica, Italian for heroic, sums up the trio’s enthusiastic playing and outgoing stage presence.

“The trio plays with technical flair, raw, driven energy and high spirits,” wrote a Wall Street Journal reviewer. “The ensemble also has plenty of charm and stage presence. It was obvious that all three musicians were having as much fun as the audience.”

An American Journey, the trio’s most recent album, features Eroica-commissioned arrangements of music from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The CD also includes Mark O’Connor’s Poets and Prophets, a work inspired by the music of Johnny Cash and created especially for the trio.

Previous recordings included works by composers such as Maurice Ravel, Antonin Dvorak, Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Johannes Brahms.

Kish Bank sponsors the concert. WPSU is the media sponsor. The Norma and Ralph Condee Chamber Music Endowment underwrites chamber music presentations. Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or local expert, is offered in Schwab Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

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