November 20, 2015 – The Fair Trade Trio presented their official 2015/2016 season opening concert at the National Opera Center’s Rehearsal Hall. We performed Beethoven’s String Trio Op. 9, No. 2, Jennifer Higdon’s gorgeous and challenging String Trio, and Gideon Klein’s final composition, String Trio, written just before being deported to Auschwitz from the Terezín concentration camp.
November 19, 2015 – Jeanette and Ashley were joined by special guest Celia Hatton for a performance of Beethoven’s String Trio Op. 9, No. 2 at the WHIN Music Project, an El-Sistema based program that provides music instruction as a vehicle for personal & social development for underserved children & youth. The concert was free and open to the public and Ashley’s one-year-old son even manage to sit quietly through the performance! After the performance, the trio stayed to help out with the young orchestra’s sectional rehearsal in preparation for their upcoming performance.
November 18, 2015 – The Fair Trade Trio headed to Brooklyn for a Groupmuse concert. Groupmuse is a fun and informal way for us to preview repertoire for our upcoming concert and we absolutely love performing chamber music in such an intimate and casual setting. We get to chat and laugh with our audience before, throughout, and after the performance. Plus we get to drink a bit! We presented Haydn’s Divertimento No. 6, Hob. IX, Gideon Klein’s String Trio, and Jennifer Higdon’s String Trio. We had two solo performances as well; Jeanette performed the prelude to the Suite in D Minor by J.S. Bach and Kallie performed the increasingly popular piece, For One, by Mariel Berger.
November 13, 2015 – The Fair Trade Trio was thrilled to be invited back to the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts for two performances. We started the day with a performance of Gideon Klein’s last composition, String Trio, full of rich folk melodies and written under unbelievable circumstances in the Terezín concentration camp. For our second performance that morning, we presented Jennifer Higdon’s String Trio and we loved hearing how enthusiastically these musical high-school students received her work.
July 20, 2015 – The KidsQuest museum in Bellevue was the perfect lighthearted way to end our five day 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!
July 19, 2015 – We were thrilled to collaborate with the new ensemble, Sound of Late, who hosted us in a house concert at the Pink Palace, in Portland, OR on day 4 of our tour. 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. 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!
July 18, 2015 – Day 3 of our tour found us at the Puget Sound Yacht Club, hosted by the Seattle Newcomer’s group. We performed Beethoven’s Op. 9, No, 2, Adaskin’s Divertimento No. 9, Villa-Lobos’ String Trio, and Kodaly’s Intermezzo. Thanks to Brian and Victoria Windle for coordinating this Seattle Newcomer’s Soundbites event at the Puget Sound Yacht Club!
July 17, 2015 – On day 2 of our tour, we headed to Victoria, B.C. to perform at St. Mary the Virgin, one of the venues for the Oak Bay Music Society. 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. Thanks to Erik Abbink and Oak Bay Music for the opportunity to perform, and to Deryk Barker of Three’s Company for the concert review.
July 16, 2015 – Our first concert of our 2015 West Coast tour was at the Silk Purse Arts Centre, the home of the West Vancouver Arts Council. 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 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!
June 17, 2015 – The Fair Trade Trio performed at the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls. We presented our Beethoven String Trio Op. 9, No. 2 in D Major one hour interactive performance including a question-and-answer session. Jeanette used to teach at BGLIG and Kallie has taught several of the students as well so we were very warmly welcomed. We enjoyed having such a musically sophisticated young audience!
June 11, 2015 – The Fair Trade Trio performed at their first Groupmuse, in Brooklyn, NY. We performed Beethoven’s String Trio, Opus 9, No. 2, Kodaly’s Intermezzo, and the 2nd mvt of the Villa-Lobos String Trio. We appreciated our enthusiastic audience, gracious host, amazing Brooklyn loft apartment, and a great selection of drinks! Oh, and a film crew from PBS filming the event for a news feature on Groupmuse. We can’t wait to share the video when it airs! We especially loved the laid-back atmosphere before, during, and after the concert, and the opportunity to make friends with the other guests. We’ll definitely be playing more Groupmuse concerts in the future. Chamber music is, after all, mostly meant to be played in homes, not concert halls!
March 13, 2015 – The Fair Trade Trio was excited to perform at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts! We presented two 30-minute performances of Beethoven’s String Trio, Opus 9, No. 2 in D Major plus a question-and-answer session with the students afterwards. We couldn’t have asked for a more attentive and astute audience! A photo from our performance can be found here.
January 29th, 2015 – The Fair Trade Trio performed Beethoven’s String Trio Op. 9 No. 2 in D Major in an interactive presentation for students in the Corona Youth Music Project at the Immigrant Movement International. Ashley worked with CYMP, an El Sistema-inspired music program, as a volunteer teacher in the past and both Jeanette and Kallie have worked for El Sistema-inspired organizations so this was a perfect inaugural performance opportunity!