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Classical with 'guts'

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Acclaimed Claremont Trio performs Friday in area

The Spencer Area Concert Association will host one of today's most exciting young classical ensembles when the Claremont Trio comes to town on Friday, Feb. 22. The three beautiful and talented young women have gained the praise of music critics for their "exuberant performances" and "gutsy repertoire."

The concert will take place at the Old Middle School Auditorium in Spencer, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Claremont Trio features twin sisters Emily and Julia Bruskin on violin and cello and Donna Kwong on piano. They began performing together in 1999 when all three were students at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, taking their name from nearby Claremont Avenue. After winning the 2001 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, they launched their touring career with an acclaimed New York debut at the 92nd Street Y.

Since then, the Claremonts have performed at major concert venues throughout the country and abroad, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

For their Spencer concert, the Claremont Trio will perform Beethoven's Piano Trio in B flat, Bizet's "Jeux d'Enfants" Suite, and the Piano Trio No 1 in D minor by Anton Arensky, a protégé of Tchaikovsky. Their most recent CD includes a performance of the Arensky trio.

Tickets will be available at the box office on the evening of the performance. Ticket prices are $10 (adults), $5 (students), or $20 (family).

Three concerts remain in the Spencer Area Concert Association's 2007-2008 season, including "Simply Sinatra" on May 9.

* For more information, phone 262-4500 or 262-5879, or check the Concert Association's Web site, www.SpencerConcerts.com.