The Scherzando String Trio will be presenting a varied programme of trios, duos and solo works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries on May 10th as part of the Island of Culture 2014 celebrations.
Scherzando was formed by violinists William Pickering, former leader of the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra, and Sue Harris-Cohen as a string duo in 2011 and were joined by London-based cellist Andrew Hughes in 2012 to form the Scherzando String Trio.
On May 10th they will be joined by the distinguished Manx pianist and musicologist Dr Fenella Bazin, playing chamber organ and piano.
The concert will start with a selection of baroque string trios by William Boyce, Arcangelo Corelli and the famous Vivaldi La Folia Variations – a Bach three-part invention arranged for string trio – while cellist Andrew Hughes will be performing one of the solo cello suites.
In the second half Scherzando will perform two little-known gems from the romantic period by Norwegian composers: Romance for Violin and Piano by Johan Svendsen and the andante from Sonata for Two Violins and Piano in A by Christian Sinding, along with two contrasting works from the 20th century: the modernist Duo for Two Violins by Darius Milhaud and Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano by Dimitri Shostakovich, a set of miniatures in neo-classical style.
A first for the Isle of Man will be when part of the concert will be performed on a set of matched instruments made by the Liverpool-based luthier Jan Shelley.
A Tapestry of Trio Music at the Erin Arts Centre on Saturday May 10th at 7.30pm. Ticket £12 (under 18s £1) available from the Erin Arts Centre box office, 832662, www.erinartscentre.com.