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Concerts on Kentmere: Celebrate! Pyxis at the Holidays

Dec 6, 2023
7:00 pm  -  9:00 pm
Members: $30
Non-Members: $35
Students: $15
Curator Talk 7:00 p.m. | Concert 7:30 p.m.

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This year, Pyxis Piano Trio returns for their 15th and final season as the Museum’s classical ensemble in residence.

Since 2009, Pyxis has delivered inspiring chamber music in conversation with the Museum’s extraordinary visual art. From their very first concerts, the group has uplifted and delighted audiences, and these concerts again feature the artistry of Luigi Mazzocchi (violin), Jennifer Jie Jin (cello), and Hiroko Yamazaki (piano). Join us for an exceptionally exciting final season!

Drawn from the rich piano trio repertoire, concerts will be on two Wednesday evenings – December 6, 2023, and February 28, 2024. As always, you’ll be surrounded by the art that inspires their beautiful music, old and new.

To welcome the holidays, Pyxis plays holiday favorites, including a solo violin treat and selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. And in conversation with the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition The Rossettis, the ensemble offers Felix Mendelssohn’s elegant Piano Trio.

Though their lives and work did not directly intersect, the composer and the Pre-Raphaelites were both inspired by the beauty of the natural world. Mendelssohn’s stylish and elegant music – especially beloved by the British – was frequently performed in Britain during Queen Victoria’s reign. He was the Queen’s favorite composer, in her estimation “the greatest genius since Mozart.”

From The Nutcracker, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
March, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Arab Dance, and Waltz of the Flowers

Entr’acte from The Sleeping Beauty, Tchaikovsky

Christmas Trio No. 2, Graham Yates
A suite of four French carols:

Sing We Now of Christmas | Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
He is Born the Holy Child | O Holy Night

Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)