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Lysander Piano Trio will bring music from around the world to Blue Hill on Feb. 18

BLUE HILL — On Feb. 18, the Lysander Piano Trio, whose name is inspired by the character in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” will perform for the first time on the Blue Hill Peninsula.

The trio of Itamar Zorman (violin), Michael Katz (cello), and Liza Stepanova (piano), have been together for more than 10 years. The trio has been applauded by The Strad for its “incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas and a wide palette …”.

The Lysander Piano Trio has performed at venues throughout the United States, including the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Da Camera Society, San Francisco’s Music at Kohl Mansion, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In the 20232024 season Lysander will perform throughout the world, including the U.S., Canada and Israel.

For the concert at Blue Hill Congregational Church on Feb. 18, the Trio will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff, Trio, élégiaque, No. 1 in G minor, a work written by Rachmaninoff for his final exam at the Moscow Conservatory.

“Two Nguni Dances” by Bongani Ndodana-Breen, a Xhosa clan member born in Queenstown, South Africa, who currently is a fellow at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, creates his

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works in an effort to reach the African aesthetic.

“Nostos,” the third piece, is a work commissioned by The Lysander Trio, and composed by Israeli-born composer Udi Perlman whose music is a composite of Perlman’s upbringing melded with classical music.

Finally, Lysander will perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke,” one of Beethoven’s most beloved works, distinguished by its serenity and lyric breath. Beethoven dedicated the work to his friend Archduke Rudolph, the youngest son of the Austrian emperor, Leopold II.

Tickets are available on the Blue Hill Concert Association website, blueh illconcertassocation. org. The concert begins at 3 p.m.

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