Camerata trio to perform Saturday

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerNovember 16, 2012 

Violinist Mark Kaplan and pianist Yael Weiss are delighted to be returning to the Tri-Cities for another Camerata Musica concert.

But this visit includes a cellist who Kaplan said will give this concert a flavor different from their last performance here two years ago and include music that spans three centuries.

The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.

Kaplan said he's looking forward to introducing cellist Clancy Newman to Tri-City music lovers.

"He's a wonderful composer, in addition to being an amazing cellist," Kaplan said via email. "Last time, Yael and I came (to the Tri-Cities) with a one-composer program that was all Brahms. This year is much more varied."

The concert includes works by Beethoven, Bedrich Smetana and two contemporary composers.

Two works being performed at the Camerata concert -- Paul Schoenfeld's Four Music Videos and Chen Yi's Tunes from my Home -- will be part of a CD the trio plans to record in December to release in 2013.

Chen Yi is a Chinese-American composer who was the first woman to be awarded a graduate degree in China. The work by Schoenfeld, a Michigan native, is rich, complex, sophisticated and enormous fun, Kaplan said.

Kaplan is a music professor at Indiana University.

Weiss has performed with orchestras around the world, including the Seattle Symphony and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. She also has performed in Europe, Japan, Korea and South America, as well as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall in New York City and London's Wigmore Hall.

Newman took first place at the 2001 Walter W. Naumburg International Competition. The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, he also performs with the Chicago Chamber Musicians group.

Admission is always free to a Camerata Musica concert, as they are funded by various grants.

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