Amadeus Trio coming to Troy

Published 8:38 pm Monday, March 28, 2011

The Troy Arts Council will present the Amadeus Trio in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 4 at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the campus of Troy University.

The Amadeus Trio has performed on famous stages around the world and is a regular participant in summer chamber festivals throughout the United States.

Dr. John Jinright, TAC presenter chair, said the New York-based piano trio is among the finest of its kind.

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“This concert will be one of the most outstanding chamber concerts of this or any season,” Jinright said. “The trio has been repeatedly recognized by all who hear them for the joy of performance as well as for their virtuoso musicianship. The three musicians pianist, Marian Hahn; violinist, Timothy Baker; and cellist, Jeffrey Solow also enjoy award-winning solo careers.

In addition to hearing one of the most outstanding piano trios of the times, the audience will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear a real Stradivarius violin “played expertly” by Timothy Baker, Jinright said.

Baker is the co-owner of a rare Stradivarius violin built in 1718.

“Many of these violins had code names and Timothy Baker’s is called Channot-Cahrdon, which means ‘little guitar-shaped,’” Jinright said.

On Oct. 14, 2010, a 1697 Stradivarius violin known as “The Molitor” was sold online for a world-record price of $3,600,000 to renowned concert violinist Anne Akiki Meyers. The price is the highest on record for any musical instrument sold at auction.

These instruments are famous for the quality of sound they produce.

Jinright said various attempts at explaining the Stradivarius sound have been undertaken with most results being unsuccessful or inconclusive.

“Over centuries, numerous theories have been presented and debunked, including an assertion that the wood was salvaged from old cathedrals. That theory was been disproved by scientists,” Jinright said.