Brahms’s luxuriant Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26 will be the centerpiece in this concert by Sally Pinkas, pianist, and the Adaskin String Trio on Tuesday, October 2, 7 pm, in Spaulding Auditorium. A frequent and robust collaboration, the quartet complements the Brahms with English composer Frank Bridge’s eerie and clever Phantasy for Piano Quintet and Trio for violin, viola and cello by the recently rediscovered Impressionist composer (and French navy rear admiral) Jean Cras.
Sally Pinkas is a Dartmouth professor of music, and a long-time pianist in residence at the Hop, performing two major concerts a year at the arts center. Her concerts often bring in collaborators like the Adaskins, with whom Pinkas has often performed and recorded. Praised for her radiant tone and driving energy, Pinkas commands a vast repertoire and continues to explore rarely glimpsed musical realms. She plays Brahms often, along with Schumann, Debussy, Rochberg, and others. ClassicsToday applauds her treatment of Fauré in her release of Fauré’s 13 Nocturnes (Musica Omnia), announcing “A Fauré Master Returns.” She has travelled widely with her music, and has notably played at the University of the Philippines’ Centennial celebrations, and the musical festivals of Marlboro, Tanglewood, Aspen and Rockport. In 2019 she will be making her Indonesian debut, performing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Bandung Symphony.
Here, she plays Schumann at the Hop in 2014:
For this fall performance, Pinkas brings in the acclaimed ensemble, The Adaskin String Trio, with Emlyn Ngai on Violin, Steve Larson on the Viola and Mark Fraser on the Cello. The Trio commands an impressive string trio repertoire ranging from Haydn and Schubert to Dohnanyi, Villa-Lobos, Schnittke, and composers of today including Chick Corea, Paul Simon and Michael White. Since forming in 1994, they have won over audiences with exuberant playing and programming that blends classical masterpieces with unexpected treasures. They have toured throughout the US and Canada performing at venues such as the Frick Collection in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach.
Pinkas and the Adaskin Trio have proven their musical chemistry many a time, notably in an MSR Classics recording of the two piano quartets by Fauré, which was hailed as “worth celebrating… splendid” by the Classical Voice of New England. Listen to a recording here!