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March 21, 2013

Hitting a high note

Chamber Music Festival hosts Trio Cavatina

In 2009, the chamber ensemble Trio Cavatina was awarded the Naumburg Chamber Competition, four years after the group formed at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont.

In 2010, the group — violinist Harumi Rhodes, cellist Priscilla Lee and pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute — made their debut at Carnegie Hall. Since then, the trio has performed at San Francisco’s Herbst Theater and debuted as one of the youngest ensembles at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert series.

This weekend, local audiences will have a chance to hear the talented trio as the ensemble makes a return visit to Newburyport as the featured performers for the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival spring concert. Their last appearance was in 2010.

“They were received really enthusiastically,” said Gage Cogswell, an organizer of the Chamber Music Festival, said of that visit. “They were really great — incredible.”

Trio Cavatina will perform music by Antonin Dvorak and Robert Schumann at the Newburyport Carriage House Saturday night. The concert includes Dvorak’s “Piano Trio Opus 65 in F minor,” and two pieces by Schumann — “6 Cannons, Opus 56” and the “Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Opus 47,” which was “written during a prolific and happy time for the troubled composer.”

Concert organizers called Opus 56 “a little-known piece from the composer’s middle period, originally written for pedal piano as a study in counterpoint.”

When they perform the piano quartet, the women will be joined onstage by violist David Yang, artistic director of the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival and a member of the trio Ensemble Epomeo.

“The current program is deeply rooted in the romantic,” organizers wrote. “The Dvorak is warm and tuneful, yet folksy.”

The Naumburg Chamber Music Competition is designed for musicians under the age of 33. The winner is named by The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, which continues in the tradition of Naumburg, who sought to assist gifted young musicians.

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