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Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on December 9, 2011

Students, faculty, and members of the Fairfield community gathered in the Regina A. Quick Center the afternoon of Sunday, December 5 to listen to the Ahn trio perform as part of the 2011-2012 “Classical Impressions” series. The world-famous trio of sisters, Lucia, Angella, and Maria, performed pieces exclusively composed for them by respected composers and musicians who appreciate the Trio’s reputation and musical ability. The Trio is known for melding together many musical styles and art forms.

Fresh off of a performance at the White House, the group has continued to present their dynamic approach to classical piano trio format. “We were incredibly excited and honored to perform [at the White House],” said Maria, on cello. “Obama even kissed me on the cheek!” All of them agreed that their reception there was friendly and warm, and that they are still reeling from the excitement of such an honor.

Each selection in their performance was created for the women, and showed the ways in which their music dissolves traditional barriers between art forms. Incorporating non-traditional techniques and styles, each piece was met with positive critique. The trio led a pre-performance rehearsal with students in attendance and answered questions from an eager and interested student audience.

“We hope that students can walk away with an appreciation of seeing a live show, getting to experience the energy that technology cannot compare to,” said Maria. The sisters agreed that a small chamber music group is best appreciated by an intimate live audience.

Erica Trombly, ’14, was surprised by the techniques and skill of the performance. “My favorite was the last song, it was unique and non-traditional. The obvious bond between the musicians, the way that they performed with each other as one was also fascinating to watch. It was like one person was playing three parts,” she said.

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