Trio ‘86 will start the classical music recital season off on Quadra Island at 7 p.m. on Sun.

First classical recital of season

Trio ‘86, an ensemble of clarinet, viola and piano will play at 7 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 20 at the Quadra Island Community Centre

Trio ‘86 will kick off the first classical music recital of the season at the Quadra Island Community Centre.

The ensemble of clarinet, viola and piano will play at 7 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 20.

This unusual grouping of instruments was first brought together by Mozart in his Kegelstatt Trio K498 in 1786. The name Kegelstsatt, meaning bowling alley, was given by the publisher, as it was supposedly composed while playing skittles.

Others were inspired to write for this combination of instruments, explaining the title The Kegelstatt Legacy for this program, which comprises the original Mozart and works by Robert Schumann, Max Bruch, the modern Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag, and Canadian composer Jerry Semchyshyn.

Trio members for this occasion are clarinettist Krysta Martynes, violist Pemi Paull, and pianist Marc Wieser.

Martynes studied in the United States, continuing in Europe at the National Conservatory in Paris, the Accadamia Perosi in Italy, and earned a Masters in musicology at Paris VIII University. She is a prime researcher at institutions specializing in mixed media, and as a classical musician has toured in France, Germany, Mexico, Ukraine and China. As a contemporary musician she has featured as a soloist at festivals in France, Italy and Austria.

Paull specializes in new and early music, as soloist and chamber musician. He is founder and artistic director of Warhol Dervish, an unorthodox chamber music collective in Montreal, and was awarded the 2002 CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award for chamber music. He is a member of three important new music ensembles, and is one of the few violists in the world to present, with critical acclaim, full programs of unaccompanied repertoire for viola. In historical performance he appears with Ensemble Caprice, Ensemble Arion and Theatre of Early Music.

Winnipeg-born Wieser lives in Montreal where he is working towards a PhD at McGill University. Past appearances in Montreal included a six-performance tour with Pazzia Contemporary Performing Collective featuring seven newly-commissioned works as well as Bernstein’s La Bonne Cuisine. As a chamber player, he has given collaborative performances throughout Canada, the United States and France, most recently with his sister soprano Ellen Wieser.

Tickets are available in advance for $17 from Quadra Crafts in Heriot Bay, Hummingbird Office and Art Supply in Quathiaski Cove, the Music Plant in Campbell River. Or get them at the door for $20. Students under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call 250-285-3560.