The Poulenc Trio will kick off its 2016-17 season with a concert featuring legendary clarinetist David Shifrin. The concert, on September 18, 2016 in Newtown, CT, will also feature the Poulenc Trio’s newest permanent member, New York Philharmonic principal oboist Liang Wang. At the concert, Shifrin and the Trio will premiere a new work for clarinet, oboe, bassoon and piano, commissioned by the Trio from composer Viet P. Cuong.
One of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award’s inception in 1974, Mr. Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator. An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, David Shifrin served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004.
Since its founding in 2003, the Poulenc Trio has performed in 45 U.S. states and at music festivals around the world, including the Ravello Festival in Italy, the San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico, and the White Nights Festival in Russia, where the group toured with and premiered two new works with violinist Hilary Hahn. In a recent review, the New York Times praised the Trio for its “elegant rendition” of Piazolla’s Tangos. The Washington Post said the trio “does its namesake proud” in “an intriguing and beautifully played program” with “convincing elegance, near effortless lightness and grace.”
For information about the concert, visit Newtown Friends of Music at http://newtownfriendsofmusic.org or call 203-426-6470.