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Highly Esteemed International Sensation, Neave Trio, Returning To St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Sydney A. Braat

The Neave Trio will return to St. Luke's Episcopal Church for their second performance. (Photo: Mark Roemisch)

The Neave Trio has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances. They will return to Music at St. Luke's series in Hoie Hall at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Saturday, December 2 at 5 p.m. for a highly anticipated performance. Works performed will include Debussy's Trio in G major, Foote's Trio in B-flat Major, and Piazzolla's Estacionse Porteñas. The Neave Trio recently recorded the Debussy, along with works by Roussel and Fauré, on the Chandos label to be released in 2018.

Music at St. Luke's is entering its fifth season and serves the year-round residents of the Hamptons with a series of chamber concerts through the fall, winter, and early spring in the beauty of Hoie Hall. Neave Trio includes violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura. They have received raving reviews from everywhere they have performed. Their name comes from Gaelic origin, meaning "bright" and "radiant," which both very accurately describe the trio's music. The Boston Musical Intelligencer included Neave in its "Best of 2014" and "Best of 2016" roundups, remarking: "It is inconceivable that they will not soon be among the busiest chamber ensembles going," and "their unanimity, communication, variety of touch, and expressive sensibility rate first tier."

The Trio has performance internationally and received rave reviews. (Photo: Mark Roemisch)

Neave has performed at several highly esteemed concert series and festivals around the world, including Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center/La Jolla Music Society, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Series (United Kingdom), and the Samoylov and Rimsky Korsakow Museums' Chamber Music Series in St. Petersburg (Russia). They have also appeared frequently as soloists for Beethoven's Triple Concert with orchestras across the country and held residency positions at Brown University, ArtsAhisma Camber Music Festival, San Diego State University as the first ever Fisch/Axelrod Trio-in-Residence, the Banff Centre (Canada), and several others. In the fall of 2017, the Trio will join the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College as Alumni Artists, Faculty Ensemble-in-Residence.

"We are delighted to be returning to St Luke's this year, after falling in love with the series and the very special community that supports it last year," remarked Anna Williams, Neave Trio's violinist. "The venue is perfect for chamber music and contemplation and Fr Brunelle's generous spirit can be felt in every moment. We connected so much with the audience of enthusiastic concert goers that we became friends with several members and have kept in touch throughout the year. Needless to say, it's a very special series and one which we are thrilled to be a continued part of!"

Neave Trio strives to successfully perform new works by living composers and reach wider audiences through innovative concert presentations, regularly collaborating with artists of all mediums. These collaborations include performances with the Blythe Barton Dance Company, which earned "Best Dance Production" at the 2015 San Diego International Fringe Festival; projection artist Ryan Brady, who has added visual components to Neave's performances of standard repertoire; the interactive concert series "STEIN2.0," launched in collaboration with composer Amanuel Zarzowski; Klee Musings by acclaimed American composer Augusta Read Thomas, which was premiered by Neave; and the upcoming short film, 4Seasons, a genre-defying short film based on the tango music of Astor Piazzolla, in collaboration with filmmaker Pablo Berron and the Blythe Barton Dance Company.

2017-2018 will be a busy tour season for the highly sought-after trio. (Photo: Mark Roemisch)

Neave's first album debuted in 2016 called American Moments on Chandos Records, featuring works by Korngold, Foote, and Bernstein. Their upcoming album will be released in 2018 on Azica Records with all new arrangements of Piazzolla's works for piano trio and voice by Argentinian arranger, Leonardo Suarez Paz. This album will feature mezzo-soprano and Metropolitan Opera singer, Carla Jablonski. Neave will also release an all-French album on Chandos Records in 2018, featuring music of Debussy, Faure, and Roussel.

The trio will be taking the 2017-2018 season by storm as they are scheduled to perform at Charleston Chamber Music Society, Rochester Institute of Technology's Performing Artists Concert Series, Harvard Music Association, Concerts at the Point (Westport, MA), Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the Desert Community Orchestra, Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society, Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Series (United Kingdom), Brightwaters Library Chamber Series, and Promisek Salon Concerts, among many other performances.

Tickets to Music at St. Luke's are $20 for general admission and free for those under 18-years-old.

Hoie Hall at St. Luke's Episcopal Church is located at 18 James Lane in East Hampton. For more information, visit www.stlukeseasthampton.org. To learn more about Neave, visit www.neavetrio.com.

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