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January 24, 2013

Musicians unite to perform rare concert

Prodigies' show for the welfare of youth orchestra

World-class musicians — pianist Mia Chung, violinist Elizabeth Ann Larson and cellist Soo Bae — will unite to perform the rarely-heard complete Brahms piano trios at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Friday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m.

“What is uniting us for this particular project is the purpose of supporting vibrant arts programs for young people,” Larson said. Proceeds from the event, titled “Warm Music for a Winter’s Night,” will support the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, which the violinist’s mother, Trudy Larson, founded. Many Cape Ann students are part of this group.

Trudy Larson, a music teacher and violinist, said this chamber music ensemble will perform these works not only in Rockport but in venues as diverse as New York City and California, after which the trio will record them.

She noted that Brahms (1833-1897), a German pianist and composer, wrote the first trio in 1854 at the age of 21. The other two came in 1880 and 1886.

“He was a prolific composer and he was quite innovative for his day, and he branched into the romantic style of playing with beautiful harmonies and melodies,” said Larson. “His work was rooted in baroque and classical styles but he moved into the romantic style. He has such depth to his music.”

Larson noted that each of the musicians to perform tomorrow night have successful solo careers. All three received acclaim at a young age and all hope to inspire and enable children to find passion in music.

Elizabeth Ann Larson, her daughter, soloed with the Boston Pops at age 11. Bae debuted with the Korean Canadian Symphony at the same age, and Mia Chung had a televised collaboration with Mstislav Rostropovich, widely recognized as one of the greatest cellists of all time, at age 16.

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras welcomes musicians as young as 6 to join peers from more than 40 towns. They play strings, wind, brass and percussion instruments in eight orchestras and ensembles, led by a dedicated group of music educators with high levels of performance and music education backgrounds. The organization performs free concerts for the public and also offers outreach performances for residents of North Shore communities who might otherwise not have access to live classical music.

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