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June 9, 2006

Happy Reunions

As Brian Newhouse, our guest host for this program, mentions, Ani Kavafian (violin), David Shifrin (clarinet) and André-Michel Schub (piano) all came up with the idea to form a trio while sitting in an airport coffee shop. This friendly camaraderie is one of my favorite elements of the chamber music world. Friends say to each other, "Wouldn't it be fun to play Bartók together?" and away they go. At the same time, each musician is working on other collaborations. In the six degrees of separation for the KSS Trio, Ani is an active soloist and a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; David has also worked with the CMSLC and is currently a professor at Yale; and André -Michel, a fellow CMSLC veteran, has been the artistic director of the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Music Series since 1997.

And I spent the early years of my life in Virginia! Granted, I lived there long before 1997, but the game 'six degrees of separation' requires only tenuous connections, not accuracy. And I do feel a special connection to this program because this is my last program as a Saint Paul Sunday blogger and associate producer. I'm going to start an exciting new endeavor, and this theme of friendship is the perfect note to end on. Like these musicians, people who love classical music become friends though they live in distant places, and are happily reunited again and again because of this music they love.

I hope you enjoy the program with the KSS Trio and here's to musical friends yet to meet and friends reunited!

Posted by Suzanne Schaffer at June 9, 2006 12:26 PM