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They are beautiful people making some beautiful music.
The Ahn Trio, a trio of Juilliard-trained musicians from South Korea, will bring their unique brand of classical music to Lakeland College for a Krueger Fine Arts Series performance on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bradley Fine Arts Building.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for non-Lakeland students and can be reserved by calling Deb Fale at (920) 565-1536.
The Ahn Trio, who were included in People Magazine's "Most Beautiful" issue, first gained public attention when they were featured in a cover story entitled "Asian-American Whiz Kids" in Time magazine.
They have been featured on NBC and PBS, in the pages of The New York Times, GQ, Vogue, Town and Country and most recently in GAP ads. The Ahns have graced the cover of Spotlight magazine and are included in "Best Friends," a book by the authors of the best selling "Sisters."
Each season the Ahn Trio tours the world, performing numerous concerts annually in such places such as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie's Weill Hall, Chicago's Ravinia Festival, Singapore's Victoria Concert Hall, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall and Seoul Arts Center. Violinist Angella and the twins, pianist Lucia and cellist Maria, capture the intellect, hearts and souls of all who hear them.
Hailed as a brilliantly distinguished ensemble gifted with extraordinary powers of communication and an exquisite blend of sound, each of the artists performs with superb technique and contagious excitement. The Washington Post said, "Their technique was impressive, and they balanced unanimity and individuality in a spirit that is at the heart of chamber music."
The Trio's innovative project, "Ahn-Plugged," has enabled them to reach out to new audiences here and abroad. This project grew from the Ahn Trio's passionate dedication to the commissioning and performance of contemporary music and has resulted in significant additions to the piano trio's repertoire.
This past September, they performed the World Premiere of Nikolai Kapustin's "Divertissement for Violin, Cello and Piano" at the University of Florida Performing Arts, who generously commissioned this exciting new work.
That work will be performed during their concert at Lakeland, as well as works by Chick Corea, Kenji Bunch and a transcription of The Doors' "Riders on the Storm."
The Trio's CD of the Ravel and Villa-Lobos Piano Trios, available on the Chesky label, has earned rave reviews. The Ahn Trio has recorded for EMI Classics, and their first CD with EMI of Dvorak, Suk and Shostakovich Trios was subsequently awarded the ECHO Award, Germany's most coveted recording prize.
The Ahn Trio has now launched its own new record label, LAMP, an innovative and exciting recording venture continuing with their new music performances, often with guest artists.