3/7: The Rainier Trio in Floyd

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The Floyd Center for the Arts and the Blue Ridge Music Festival proudly present the internationally acclaimed Rainier Trio on Saturday, March 7th at 7:00PM at the Floyd Center for the Arts.

Now in its tenth season, the Rainier Trio is an exciting and energetic group that captivates audiences with gems from the violin-viola-piano trio repertoire. A combination written for since the 17th century, the repertoire includes works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Milhaud, bridging genres from classical to ragtime and tango. The trio has performed on numerous concert series throughout Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and North Carolina.

Hailed as “two perfect virtuosos” at their international performance début, Kevin and Bryan Matheson of the Classic Strings Duo were received with critical acclaim at their Carnegie Weill Recital Hall début as part of the Ibla Grand Prize competition winners’ tour. The duo has been recognized for its mesmerizing and spirited performances – two perfect virtuosos, playing as one and has performed in Japan, Sicily, Ireland and the Czech Republic. They have teamed up with pianist Brenda Wittwer, a native of Charlotte, NC who now lives in Wytheville, VA. She has been accompanist for Theater Charlotte, Pfeiffer University Concert Choir and Sounds of America, a musical group which toured the 48 contiguous states. With the Wytheville Community College Choir she has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

They have performed a series of concerts in Pittsburgh and on the classical radio station WQED with Alex Jones, principal clarinetist of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. The trio has performed at Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and collaborated with opera singers at the Vocal Arts and Music Festival at Virginia Tech. Their CD was chosen as “CD of the week” by WQED Pittsburgh.

Tickets for the Rainier Trio on March 7th are $25 for adults, and $15 for students, in advance. Tickets are available online at www.floydartcenter.org, or by visiting or calling the Floyd Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, Virginia, (540) 745-2784. The audience will have the opportunity to meet the musician during a reception following the performance. The Center is offering 10 free student tickets on a first come first serve basis. Those students interested should contact Jeff Liverman at jeff@floydartcenter.org.

For more information about The Floyd Center for the Arts: visit FloydArtCenter.org or call 540-745-2784. The Center is located at 220 Parkway Lane South in Floyd, ½ mile south of the stoplight on Route 8. Regular hours are: Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM.