Eroica Trio slated for Highlands-Cashiers

Good things come in threes when the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival welcomes Grammy-nominated The Eroica Trio, Friday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Aug. 7.

The Eroica Trio – comprised of pianist Erika Nickrenz, violinist Suzie Park, and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio – will perform a trio of trios. Beehoven’s “Trio in Bb Major, Op 11” opens the evening, followed by Turina’s “Trio, Op. 35” and Schumann’s “Trio in F Major, Op. 80.”

One of the first all-female chamber ensembles to reach the top echelons of the field, the Eroica Trio is helping to break an age-old gender barrier. The trio’s recognition extends beyond the world of chamber music to features in magazines such as Elle, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Bon Appetit and Detour.

On Sunday, Aug. 8, and Monday, Aug. 9, French horn virtuoso Brice Andrus and pianist Anton Nel will perform Schumann’s “Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70.”

Andrus has served as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s principal horn since 1975, while South African Anton Nel has performed around the world and was appointed as the Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of Texas at Austin.

Cellist Christopher Rex will join Nel for Schumann’s “Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102.” Rex has served as principal cello of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the past 25 years.

Schumann’s “Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73” will be performed by Nels and clarinetist Laura Ardan. Ardan is the principal clarinet with the Atlanta Symphony.

Concerts are held at 6 p.m. Fridays at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands and repeated at 5 p.m. Saturdays at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library in Cashiers. Sunday concerts are staged at 5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands and repeated at 5 p.m. Mondays at the Cashiers Community Library. or 828.526.9060.

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