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Trio to perform Jan. 14 for Camerata

The Intersection trio will bring its music -- described as soulful instrumental virtuosity accented with a playful banter among the musicians -- to the Tri-Cities this month.

"Those are the hallmarks of an Intersection concert, in which classical, opera and Spanish music are blended together beautifully," said Nancy Welliver of the Camerata Musica organization.

The group performs Jan. 14 for the Camerata Musica series in the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.

"We are excited to host Intersection, which performs classical and stage music," Welliver said.

The trio is made up of violinist Laura Frautschi, cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper and pianist John Novacek. They have been playing together since 1998.

Frautschi and Cooper perform as soloists as well as chamber musicians in various ensembles.

Novacek, a Grammy-nominated pianist, has performed in such prestigious concert halls as Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, Hollywood Bowl and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. He is also performed with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Novacek said all three friends bring a different flavor to their concerts, as well as a touch of humor.

"We bring our own personality and playing style to the show," Novacek said via email. "Some have described Laura's style as noble and elegant, Kristina's as impulsive and passionate, and mine as, well, maybe I am the comic of the group."

He adds that even though all the music in the program is serious, there is much more to the performance.

"For instance, the magnificent Mendelssohn trio in C minor is by turns stormy, reverent, nostalgic, showy and yes, humorous," Novacek said. "It's a real audience pleaser."

He also said the audience will love the Petite Suite by Claude Debussy, the swaggering Spanish dance piece by Manuel de Falla as well as favorites from the opera Carmen.

Though the free Camerata concert will be Frautschi and Cooper's first appearance in the Tri-Cities, Novacek has performed twice before, both times with his brother, classical guitarist Steven Novacek.

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