PORT TOWNSEND — Beethoven, Dvorak and Shostakovich are coming to Fort Worden State Park this Sunday afternoon, all in the hands of the acclaimed Amelia Piano Trio.
In this episode of Centrum’s Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival, the trio will step up for a 2 p.m. concert in the Wheeler Theater, just inside the entrance to Fort Worden at 200 Battery Way.
Tickets range from $33 to $40 via centrum.org, or by phoning 800-746-1982. That telephone-sales line is open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. today and Saturday and from 6 a.m. to noon Sunday. The Centrum office itself can be reached at 360-385-3102, ext. 110.
The Amelia Piano Trio — violinist Anthea Kreston, cellist Jason Duckles and pianist Andrew Armstrong — will offer the Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C minor No. 3 and Dvorak’s Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor.
Having gotten together as an ensemble in 1999, the Amelias came to the fore after participating in Isaac Stern’s Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in 2000. As a result, Stern became a mentor, presenting the trio’s Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall.
Joining the roster of Concert Artists Guild the following year, the Amelias went on to win the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and to record CDs with Cedille Records and Naxos.
In 2003, National Public Radio asked the trio to be the Young Ensemble in Residence. This week of live concerts and interviews put the Amelias firmly in the foreground of classical music in America, reaching an estimated 1.5 million listeners.
The Port Townsend Music Festival, a series of concerts spread throughout winter and spring, will also bring the Calder Quartet to Fort Worden’s Wheeler Theater on May 29.The performance, featuring two Beethoven works plus Thomas Ades’ “The Four Quarters,” will be another 2 p.m. matinee with tickets from $33 to $40 at the Centrum outlets above.