Fair Trade welcomes violist Hannah Levinson

Our beloved violist, Kallie, has decided to follow her career down a different path. We are so grateful to her for everything she has contributed and for the years of music making we shared together!

While we are sad to see Kallie go, we are thrilled that violist Hannah Levinson will be joining the Fair Trade family!

Hannah is an active performer in New York City, devoted to performing music of the past 50 years. She is a founding member of the violin/viola duo andPlay, an ensemble that works to commission new works and perform lesser-known works for their instrumentation. She has worked with contemporary music groups such as ACME, ensemble mise-en, Talea Ensemble, North/South Consonance, and The Rhythm Method Quartet. Hannah also performs traditional classical repertoire regularly and is a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Based in New York City, Hannah is an active teacher and is on faculty at Western Connecticut State University.  She completed her MM in contemporary performance at the Manhattan School of Music, and graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory with degrees in both Russian and East European studies and viola performance.  Hannah is currently pursuing a PhD in performance at NYU Steinhardt, studying with Artist Faculty member Karen Ritscher.

Fair Trade Performs at the SAJ

The Fair Trade Trio will be joined by oboist Jason Smoller for an evening of chamber music in the SAJ sanctuary. Repertoire will include Francaix’s Quartet for English Horn and Trio, Dohnányi’s Serenade for String Trio, and Beethoven’s Op. 9 No. 3. Tickets are available in advance through Eventbrite and will also be available at the door (cash or check).


Jason Smoller, freelance oboe and English horn player, has performed in China, France, the Dominican Republic, and throughout the United States. He is a founding board member of the Fair Trade Chamber Music Society and believes strongly in the power of music to change lives.

Guest artist, Hannah Levinson, will be joining the trio on viola for this concert. Hannah is an active performer in New York City, devoted to performing music of the past 50 years. She is a founding member of the violin/viola duo andPlay, an ensemble that works to commission new works and perform lesser-known works for their instrumentation.

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Season Opening Concert, October 16th at 5pm, Sponsored by Michael Lord & Company

The Fair Trade Chamber Music Society is pleased to announce our 2016/17 Season Opening Concert, sponsored by Michael Lord & Company (headhunter for attorneys), on October 16th at 5pm. We are honored to be part of the Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement concert series that is free and open to the public at 178 Bennett Avenue (one block west of Broadway at 189th Street) New York, NY 10040.

Oct 16

This concert will feature the Fair Trade Trio in Beethoven’s dramatic string trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3, Jennifer Higdon’s String Trio in celebration of the completion of our first recording of her piece, and Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor with pianist Taisiya Pushkar.

Described as “a graceful pianist,” with an “impeccable sense of timing,” Taisiya Pushkar enjoys a vibrant career as a collaborative pianist. She has performed extensively in Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, Canada and the United States as a recitalist and in collaboration with many leading singers and instrumentalists.

Sponsored by Michael Lord & Company.


Bed-Stuy Brunch with the Fair Trade Trio – POSTPONED

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this Groupmuse has been postponed until the fall! We will update our website and social media as soon as we’ve set the new date! Our hosts are the best and it’ll be a concert you won’t want to miss!

RSVP here and be sure to include “Fair Trade VIP” in the comments section so our host knows to accept you!

The Fair Trade Trio loves performing Groupmuse concerts and we’re thrilled to be back at this lovely Bed-Stuy house for a brunch concert. Please bring a brunchy booze of your choice (or non-alcoholic beverage) and/or a foodie item to share with the crowd. We will have a couple of virgin drink mixes available that you can spike as you wish for those of you that might like a brunch cocktail. We’ll also have plenty of plastic cups, napkins, ice, and paper plates available for guests.

Note from our hosts: We have three feline family members, and while we keep a tidy home and you might not see our shy kitties, if you’re someone with pet allergies you might want to take your meds before arriving.

The G Bedford/Nostrand stop is a 3-minute walk, the A Nostrand stop is a 12 minute walk. Street parking can be found and is free but might be a few blocks away.

A $10 per person donation is suggested for the artists.

Fair Trade Performs at the Corona Youth Music Project

First, a huge thank you to everyone who came to our concert on February 21st at the SAJ. We loved the resonant acoustics in the beautiful sanctuary and we especially loved the warm welcome from the audience. Please check back soon for a few video clips from the concert.

This week, the Fair Trade Trio was thrilled to return to the Corona Youth Music Project, this time at their P.S. 19Q site. We presented Jean Sibelius’ String Trio in G Minor, Zoltán Kodály’s Intermezzo, and Pauline Oliveros’ Thirteen Changes. The Sibelius and the Kodaly were the perfect pieces to show off some of the beautiful sounds that our string instruments can make and the Oliveros was a great way to have the students participate in making music with us! Kallie, our violist, led us in learning some new improvisational techniques using both our bodies and our instruments and we soon began performing as elephants and monkeys and atomic particles.


Thanks to the Corona team for hosting us and we look forward to returning soon!

Fair Trade performs at the SAJ

Sunday, February 21, 2016
The Society for the Advancement of Judaism
15 West 86th Street, NYC 10024

Trio in Park - Dynamic

The Fair Trade Trio is thrilled to be joined by oboist Jason Smoller in a performance of Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, K. 370. The trio will also present Jean Sibelius’ String Trio in G Minor, Zoltán Kodály’s Intermezzo, Canadian composer Murray Adaskin’s Divertimento No. 9, and Gideon Klein’s final composition, String Trio, written just before being deported to Auschwitz from the Terezín concentration camp.

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Make a gift to the Fair Trade Chamber Music Society this #GivingTuesday

Today is dedicated to giving back to organizations that make a difference. A gift to the Fair Trade Chamber Music Society enables us to continue to perform chamber music concerts of the highest quality and to offerfree educational concerts to schools around New York City.

Your gift of just $15 will provide access to an educational concert for one New York City student. Please help us reach NYC children with a gift of $15 or more today.

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Fair Trade Season Opening Concert!

Join us for opening night of the Fair Trade Chamber Music Society’s 2015-16 season!


November 20, 2015
The National Opera Center – Rehearsal Hall
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001

After a successful summer tour of the Pacific Northwest, the Fair Trade Trio is thrilled to perform a selection of their tour repertoire in New York. This innovative program will include local Brooklyn composer Jennifer Higdon’s gorgeous and challenging String Trio, Gideon Klein’s final composition, String Trio, written just before being deported to Auschwitz from the Terezín concentration camp, and Beethoven’s String Trio Op. 9, No. 2.

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Fair Trade Trio – Pacific Northwest Tour Recap

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Whew! The Fair Trade Trio had a wonderful time on tour in the Pacific Northwest! Now that the dust has settled a bit, we ‘d love to share some details about our trip!

We got off to a slightly rocky start thanks to a pesky thunderstorm in New York City that delayed all of our flights. By the next morning, the skies had cleared and our intrepid cellist and cello duo, Jeanette and Dmitri, finally landed safely in Seattle. After some lunch and much-needed coffee, we had our last rehearsal in preparation for our Vancouver concert. Then we loaded up the car and headed north. We made it through the border with no issues (leaving some of our ivory-tipped bows in Seattle to avoid any complications!) and got to the hotel just in time to go to bed.

The next morning, we headed to the Silk Purse Arts Centre, the home of the West Vancouver Arts Council, to warm up for the concert. Some of our patrons arrived quite early and got a sneak peak of the Higdon! We performed Murray Adaskin’s Divertimento No. 9, Zoltan Kodaly’s Intermezzo, Jennifer Higdon’s String Trio, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Trio Op. 9, No. 2.  We kept trying to have the windows open so that we and the audience could enjoy a nice sea breeze (we were steps from the beach at John Lawson Park!) but then our music kept trying to blow away! One of our front row patrons saved the day by picking up Kallie’s page and putting it back on her stand perfectly! But in the end the open windows felt like the perfect way to perform our Beethoven, and wind-ruffled music is certainly part of the performing during summer experience! We loved meeting our audience over cookies and coffee afterwards. Thanks to Loren Spagnulo and the West Vancouver Arts Council for the opportunity to perform at the Silk Purse Arts Centre!


After our concert and reception, we headed to John Lawson Park for a picnic. With our instruments carefully in the shade and guarded by several of Ashley’s relatives, we enjoyed having a moment to relax and take in the incredible beauty of West Vancouver. Then it was time to head to the ferry. We drove through downtown Vancouver to see the sights – such a beautiful city! We sat in the sun on the ferry ride to Vancouver Island and enjoyed the spectacular natural setting as we passed through the Gulf Islands. Smooth sailing! We had the night off that evening so we got to have a trio dinner! Our spring was so busy that we didn’t have time outside of rehearsals to visit with each other much so it was really nice to reconnect as friends outside of trio work.


In the morning, we headed for our rehearsal at St. Mary the Virgin, one of the venues for the Oak Bay Music Society. We were excited to discover that they had a platform for Jeanette to sit on so that Kallie and Ashley could stand up to perform. It’s something we discussed doing but wanted to try it a few times first before building a platform – definitely a great option for us! Ashley’s cousin-of-sorts was kind enough to stop by for a sound check and after a few adjustments and a run-through of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ String Trio, we were ready for that evening’s concert! We enjoyed a delicious and super healthy lunch in downtown Victoria and then had the opportunity to take some trio photos in the nearby Beacon Hill Park. After a quick dinner, we headed back to Oak Bay to warm up for the concert. We performed Beethoven’s String Trio Op. 9, No. 2 and Higdon’s String Trio, took an intermission (this was the only concert of the tour that was long enough for an intermission), then performed Adaskin’s Divertimento No. 9 and Villa-Lobos’ String Trio. After several bows and a standing ovation, we were excited to share the Kodaly Intermezzo with our audience. The weather was perfect and we had the chance to meet and mingle with our audience afterwards. We were excited to learn later that we received a review of our concert which you can read here. Thanks to Erik Abbink and Oak Bay Music for the opportunity to perform, and to Deryk Barker of Three’s Company (perfect name!) for the review.


Early the next day, we boarded the ferry, coffee in hand, for Seattle. We arrived around lunch time and got to spend a few hours relaxing in preparation for our concert that evening at the Puget Sound Yacht Club. The Seattle Newcomer’s group arrived early for appetizers and a tapas potluck which the trio also got to enjoy! It’s unusual for us to meet our audience before a concert, but it made things feel relaxed and familiar which was fun. We performed Beethoven’s Op. 9, No, 2, Adaskin’s Divertimento No. 9, Villa-Lobos’ String Trio, and Kodaly’s Intermezzo. It was HOT in Seattle that evening and we’re pretty sure that everyone in the audience felt like they were melting at some point! But it ended up being a fun concert, and all’s well that ends with drinks and dessert! Thanks to Brian and Victoria Windle for coordinating this Seattle Newcomer’s Soundbites event at the Puget Sound Yacht Club!

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Finally, we had the chance to sleep in a bit before hitting the road to Portland! We were thrilled to be collaborating with the new ensemble, Sound of Late, whose musicians are so fun and gracious! We arrived at the Pink Palace (you know the concert will be fun when you’re playing in a house called the Pink Palace!) and were warmly welcomed before getting to work on Pauline Oliveros’ piece, Thirteen Changes. After rehearsal, we wanted to cool off before the concert so we headed over to a local ice cream shop for a treat. A line going outside the door never scares New Yorkers away and it was totally worth the wait! Bryce, violinist with Sound of Late, performed a piece by Nayla Mehdi, and then Kallie, violist with Fair Trade, performed a sneak peek from her upcoming solo tour, and then we performed Thirteen Changes with both Bryce and Andrew from Sound of Late. Then it was the trio’s turn to take over and we performed two movements from Villa-Lobos’ String Trio, Adaskin’s Divertimento No. 9, and Higdon’s String Trio. We had a small-ish but hugely appreciative audience who kindly braved the intense heat to attend this concert! Thanks to Bryce Caster and Andrew Stiefel, everyone at Sound of Late, and the Pink Palace residents, for collaborating with us and hosting us in Portland!


After a much needed dinner and drinks, we headed back to Seattle for our final performance of the tour. The KidsQuest museum in Bellevue was the perfect lighthearted way to end our tour. We had a large group of energetic children and their parents gathered in the classroom inside the museum by 2pm, and we danced, clapped, pointed, and made musical pizza together as we explored Beethoven’s Op. 9, No. 2. We finished with everyone up and dancing during the fourth movement finale! Maybe every trio tour should end with a dance party! Thanks to Alison Luk and everyone at the KidsQuest museum for the opportunity to perform!


And no tour update would be complete without a HUGE thank you to our friends and family for your support of our tour! With your help during our IndieGoGo campaign, we covered all the transportation, lodging, and food costs, which takes a huge burden off of the Fair Trade budget and will allow us to continue to present concerts during our upcoming season, including educational performances at schools and arts programs. When we say we couldn’t do it without you, we really mean it!!! Thank you for being part of the Fair Trade family!

Pacific Northwest Tour 2015

July 16, 10:30am PT – Silk Purse Arts Centre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Presented by the West Vancouver Arts Council

Adaskin – Divertimento No. 9
Kodaly – Intermezzo
Higdon – String Trio
Beethoven – String Trio, Op. 9, No. 2

For ticket information, please click here.

The Silk Purse Arts Centre
1570 Argyle Avenue
West Vancouver, BC V7V 1A1
Phone: 604-925-7292
E-mail: westvanartscouncil@shaw.ca

July 17, 7pm PT – Oak Bay Music “Summer Serenade”, Victoria, B.C., Canada
Presented by the Oak Bay Music Society

Beethoven – String Trio, Op. 9, No. 2
Higdon – String Trio
Adaskin – Divertimento No. 9
Villa-Lobos – String Trio

For ticket information, please click here.

St. Mary the Virgin
1701 Elgin Road,
Victoria, B.C., V8R 5L7
Phone: 778-402-0815
Email: erik@oakbaymusic.ca

July 18, 8pm PT – Seattle Newcomers’ “Soundbites” Series, Seattle, WA
Presented by the Newcomers & New Friends of Greater Seattle

Beethoven – String Trio, Op. 9, No. 2
Adaskin – Divertimento No. 9
Villa-Lobos – String Trio
Kodaly – Intermezzo

For an invitation, please contact Victoria Windle: vwindle217@gmail.com

Puget Sound Yacht Club
2321 North Northlake Way, Seattle WA 98103
Website: http://seattlenewcomers.com/

July 19, 5pm PT – Collaboration with Sound of Late at the Pink Palace, Portland, OR
Presented by Sound of Late, a progressive chamber music ensemble

The Pink Palace
4072 NE 10th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97212

Oliveros – Thirteen Changes *collaborative performance with the Sound of Late ensemble*
Higdon – String Trio
Adaskin – Divertimento No. 9
Villa-Lobos – String Trio

Tickets – suggested donation $10-$25 at the door. More information here.

July 20, 2pm PT – KidsQuest Museum, Bellevue, WA
Presented by the KidsQuest Children’s Museum

Beethoven – String Trio, Op. 9, No. 2 Interactive Performance

Free with Museum membership or paid admission

4091 Factoria Mall SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Phone: 425-637-8100
Email: info@kidsquestmuseum.org