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Fourth concert in chamber music series features three women

January 31, 2013 · Updated 2:41 PM

Trio Pardalote will perform on Vashon on Saturday. / Courtesy Photo

Trio Pardalote, an all-women group named for an Australian songbird, will perform at the Vashon Chamber Music’s fourth concert in its six-concert series at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The trio, comprised of violinist Victoria Parker, violist Heather Bentley and cellist Rowena Hammill, will perform the little-known and fascinating work “1925 String Trio” composed by rear-admiral of the French Navy Jean Cras. They’ll also perform Dmitri Sitkovetsky’s arrangement of the “Goldberg Variations” by J.S. Bach. Originally written for harpsichord, the piece was made famous by a recording by Glenn Gould.

According to Hammill, the piece works beautifully for violin, viola and cello. “It has an aria theme followed by 32 variations of amazing contrast and virtuosity.”

The three women have impressive backgrounds — Parker with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera, Bentley with Northwest Sinfonietta and Hammill with Los Angeles Opera.

A few tickets are still available and can be purchased online at VashonAlliedArts.org or by phone at 463-5131.


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