Last Sunday afternoon the Russian pianist Katia Skanavi returned to Edmond Town Hall to perform a concert in the Newtown Friends of Music series. It was an event some of us had been awaiting for three years. There’s a story behind this, and like so many New England tales, it revolves around the weather.
The Russian pianist Katia Skanavi anchored her program at Newtown’s Edmond Town Hall on Sunday with works that speak of struggle and tragedy. With added touches of cynicism and ebullience, she rounded out a satisfying afternoon of music, played with style and depth of feeling.
Trio Con Brio Copenhagen is a family affair, with the Korean sisters Soo-Jin Hong on violin and Soo-Kyung Hong on cello. Its name, though, reflects the nationality of its third member, the Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer.
A tasteful sampling of musical artistry was given at Edmond Town Hall last Sunday afternoon. In a concert that was in many ways like a wine-tasting, Newtown Friends of Music presented Quatuor Parisii playing the works of three French composers. The performance was intoxicating and at the end of the concert I was wondering if it was safe for me to drive myself home.