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Diehn Concert Series Opens Monday with Performance by Acclaimed Trio

The string and piano group Trio con Brio Copenhagen will open the spring portion of the 2009-10 F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series and Residency Programs at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, in Chandler Recital Hall of Old Dominion University's Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Praised by critics for their "sparkling joie de vivre" and "magic dialogue," Korean sisters Soo-Jin Hong, violin, and Soo-Kyung Hong, viola, will join Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer for a performance of music by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Dvorák.

Founded in Vienna in 1999, the trio first drew attention with a sensational performance that took the highest prize at Germany's prestigious ARD-Munich Competition in 2002. Since then, they have won first prize in several more competitions: Italy's Premio Vittorio Gui (Florence), Norway's Trondheim Chamber Music Competition and the Danish Radio Competition.

In 2005, Trio con Brio Copenhagen received the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, one of the most coveted in the world of chamber music. They also won the "Allianz Prize" for Best Ensemble in Germany's Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and second prize in the Vienna Haydn Competition and the Premio Trio di Trieste (Italy, 2002).

A review of their performance at the Salzburg Mozarteum noted, "They cast a spell over their audience ... so alive, so musical ... ravishing."

In addition to the performance Monday evening, Trio con Brio will offer a master class at 12:30 p.m. for students and invited guests in Chandler Recital Hall. Master classes are open to the general public to observe.

Tickets for the Monday evening performace, $10 for students and $15 for general admission, may be purchased in advance at the Arts and Letters box office, located in the University Theatre lobby, or by calling 683-5305. The box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets also are available at the door one hour before each performance.

Parking for Diehn Concerts is in the 49th Street Garage adjacent to Foreman Field or in the circular lot between the Diehn Center and Webb University Center.

An endowment established at The Norfolk Foundation, made possible by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. F. Ludwig Diehn, funds this program.

Click here for more information on future Diehn Concert performances.

This article was posted on: January 8, 2010

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