GRYPHON TRIO PLAYS TWO - The Coast Reporter March 9, 2007

From Schubert to Sachertorte, the music and confections of Vienna come to Sechelt March 10 and 11, with two afternoon concerts at Raven's Cry Theatre, featuring the Gryphon Trio, called "one of the best ensembles of its kind in the world".

Billed as a Weekend in Vienna, these Coast Recital Society (CRS) concerts will focus on the piano trio chamber music of Joseph Haydn, Ludwig von Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert.

"From the late 18th to the early years of the 20th centuary, more great composers lived and worked in Vienna than in any other single city anywhere. They made Vienna the classical music capital of Europe. Who better than the marvellous Gryphon Trio to explore the extraordinary musical legacy of Vienna and its composers," said CRS artistic director Frances Heinsheimer Wainwright.

The weekend's events include concerts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, pre-concert chats with the musicians at 1:30 and following Sunday's concert, a reception at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre featuring Viennese pastries. All ticket holders are invited to the recption, and members of the Gryphon Trio will be on hand to meet the audience and sign CDs of their music.

The Toronto-based Gryphon Trio earns superlative accolades for its live performances throughout North America, Mexico, Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East. The Trio members, violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist Jamie Parker deserve "national treasure status," according to one recent review in the Toronto Star. In 2004 the Trio was named favourite classical artist/group at the Canadian Independent Music Awards, and following two previous nominations, the ensemble won a Juno award for classical album of the year; solo or chamber ensemble.

Saturday's concert includes Haydn's Piano Trio No. 43, in C; Mozart's Piano Trio in E; and the Piano Trio No.1 in B flat by Schubert. Sunday's concert starts with another work by Schubert, the Sonata in B flat for piano, violin and cello; plus Mozart's Piano Trio in B flat; and Brahms' Piano Trio NO. 3 in C minor.

Tickets are still available for the Weekend in Vienna concerts; they may be purchased singly or as a package, either at the theatre prior to the performances or by phone from Rosemarie Zoernack, at 604 886 7412.