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They always come in threes

On January 26, Urbana’s Krannert Center will showcase a trio of rising musical stars, whose talents will be displayed in a concert of traditional 19th century classical music and a new work by a contemporary composer.

She was here in 2014 with her father and mother as part of the Weilerstein Trio, but since then Alisa Wellerstein has ventured out on her own and into the ranks of  world-class cellists. She has recorded the Dvorak concerto, both Shostakovich concertos, solo works for cello and an album of sonatas for cello and piano with Inon Barnatan.
Mr. Barnatan, one of the rising stars of the piano world, is the first artist-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic. His star power adds the kind of lustre to this chamber group that can be heard in his recording with Ms. Weilerstein of the Rachmaninov and Chopin sonatas.
If that isn’t enough, Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, will round this amazing trio of youthful musical brilliance. His recording with our former string quartet in residence, The Pacifica Quartet, of the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets is a master class in chamber music.
Patrons of the Foellinger Great Hall on January 26 will hear two 19th century classics for clarinet trio: the Beethoven Trio in B-Flat Major, Op.11 and the Brahms Trio in A Minor, Op.114. 
Filling out the bill is Joseph Hallman’s Trio, a work by a contemporary composer whose composing days date from his Junior High years. The Philadelphia-born composer is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and has been hailed as one of the greats among young composers. After such ambitious compositions as his cello concerto for chamber orchestra (with Alisa Weilerstein as soloist), he has turned to pieces for small ensembles. Krannert audiences will hear this latest work with a program of trio masterworks from another century.
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