Acclaimed chamber ensemble performs March 10 at The Phipps

HUDSON, Wis. – Accordo, a chamber ensemble of outstanding musicians from The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), performs Beethoven’s String Trio in G Major, Jeffrey Cotton’s Meditation, Rhapsody & Bacchanal for Violin & Percussion (2004), and Dvorak’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 61 on at 7:30 p.m. March 10 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Accordo includes SPCO principal players Steven Copes, concertmaster; Ruggero Allifranchini, associate concertmaster; and Maiya Papach, acting co-principal viola; with guest artists Edward Arron, cello, and Ian Ding, percussion.

Beethoven’s spritely and humorous String Trio in G Major predates his monumental cycle of string quartets, and with one less player, manages to achieve the full breadth of expression with three equally demanding parts.

Cotton, an American composer, mixes a similar joyous, boisterous energy in his colorful Asian and blues-influenced duo for violin and percussion, Meditation, Rhapsody & Bacchanal, pairing such unusual instruments as a waterphone and a Bulgarian tapan with a frenzied and furious violin part.

The Dvorak String Quartet in C Major, while not as famous as the American Quartet, is arguably the most grand and virtuosic of all, and closes the program with a Czech flourish.

Tickets are $23 for adults and $16 for students of all ages. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations can be made by calling The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409.