Music of the Season – beautiful, evocative music for the holiday season created by three living composers – Tina Davidson, Simon Andrews and Adrienne Albert – for the talents of the Newstead Trio. Settings of timeless traditional carols are mixed in with new works, creating a rich tableau for the listener. Experience the new and the old, subtly shaded and dynamically performed by the Newstead Trio.
Original music includes Tina Davidson’s tender Behold a Virgin Approaching and jubilant Let There be Joy, which are from her large work, Duan Nollaig, a collection of carols based on ancient Celtic texts; Simon Andrews’ beautifully simple and direct There Is No Rose of Such Virtue and Who Will Go To Bethlehem, and two medleys – one adapted from his Christmas Cantata This Worldes Joie, the other featuring O Holy Night, Quelle est cette odeur agréable? and I Saw Three Ships. Adrienne Albert adds her charming Upside-Down Wish List, and evocative adaptation of the Cherry Tree Carol.
Traditional carols are beautifully reincarnated; Davidson’s lovely Ave Maria, What Child is This, Silent Night and Away in the Manger, Andrew’s dream-like setting of O Tannenbaum, and Albert’s witty Deck the Halls, Angels We Have Heard on High, Do You Hear What I Hear.
Newstead Trio, one of the most distinguished piano trios in North America, performances are personified by warmth, energy, and depth of expression. After fifteen years together, they have performed for audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, Hungary, Singapore, and China, where they gave their concerto debut performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Shenzen Symphony Orchestra. They made their New York debut at Carnegie Hall. They have been broadcast live on radio and television.
The Newstead Trio’s innovative and uniquely accessible concert programming combines traditional piano trio literature with more contemporary works. These presentations are characterized by a dramatic variety that can be enjoyed by a wide variety of audiences worldwide. They have also commissioned numerous works by widely respected composers and have included a world premier performance on each of their three CD’s. The Newstead Trio is the ensemble in residence at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music and is included on the roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour.
Tina Davidson, a highly regarded American composer, creates music that stands out for its emotional depth and lyrical dignity. She has been acclaimed for her authentic voice, her “vivid ear for harmony and colors” (New York Times) and her works of “transfigured beauty” (OperaNews). Over her thirty-five year career, Davidson has been commissioned and performed by well-known ensembles such as National Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, OperaDelaware, VocalEssence, Concertante, Kronos Quartet and Orchestra 2001. She was born in Stockholm, Sweden and grew up in Oneonta, NY, and now lives in central Pennsylvania in the historic town of Marietta with her husband and children. She can be reached through her web site www.tinadavidson.com.
Born in England, Simon Andrews is a former winner of the Benjamin Britten Prize whose music has been commissioned and performed on both sides of the Atlantic by ensembles such as the Britten Pears Ensemble, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, the Cypress String Quartet, the Harrisburg Choral Society, Oliver Knussen, John Mark Ainsley, and most recently The Cathedral Choral Society at venues like the Aldeburgh Festival, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the National Cathedral in Washington DC. His music has also been broadcast on BBC Radio and on PBS television. Recent compositions include Violin Dialogues for violin and piano and That Moment When The Bird Sings for clarinet quintet.
After a lengthy career as a singer, Award-winning U.S. composer Adrienne Albert began composing in the 1990s. Her works have been performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Thailand, South Africa, Central and South America, and China. Recent commissions, awards and grants include Mu Phi Epsilon Chapter Grant (2009), Areon Flutes Competition (2010), Pennsylvania Academy of Music (2009), and National Endowment for the Arts (2006). Her music is published by Kenter Canyon Music (ASCAP), her web site is:www.adriennealbert.com.