Friday, February 13, 2009
Rosenthal does it all...
I really liked the intimate informal setting; and their relaxed banter with one another and even with the small-but-appreciative audience. What better way to celebrate the 200th birthday anniversary of both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin* than to listen to this group celebrate the 200th anniversary of this particular Piano Trio by Beethoven?
I got a chance to talk with Armen for a few moments after the concert. Around his neck he wears a wooden carving with his initials, "AK", on a chain. He said it was given to him by the maker of his cello - it's from the same piece of wood; it can be also be used as a mute. I mentioned to Armen that I was a late-starting student of the cello, and that my trio partners had also been present. He said he doesn't get to meet very many cellists in the smaller towns on this tour, but was glad to hear there was even a trio here. He mentioned that we should arrange with the Festival people for him to sit in with us for a session next time he comes to town!! How cool would that be?
* I looked around on the internet - unsuccessfully - for some type of analysis comparing the impacts of these two giants of history who happened to share a birthday.