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September 6, 2006


GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — The award-winning musicians of Triple Helix will perform in a South Berkshire Concert at Simon's Rock College of Bard. Their concert will be held in the Daniel Arts Center on September 16 at 8 p.m.

In this concert, their third at Simon's Rock, their program will include trios by Antonin Dvorak, Frank Martin and Maurice Ravel.

The group has received much critical acclaim, including The Boston Globe's designation of its members as Musicians of the Year in 2002. Gramophone Magazine included their 2004 recording "A Sense of Place" in a listing of best new recordings from North America. "Triple Helix had your reviewer wanting to throw his cap in the air, toss nose-gays, bestow medals, or something. Mere applause didn't seem nearly enough." – Richard Buell, The Boston Globe.

Triple Helix has premiered nine American works – an average of one per year. The group won a commissioning grant from Chamber Music America during 2000, enabling Lee Hyla, chair of composition at New England Conservatory, to compose Amnesia Redux. Other premieres were Andy Vores' Dark Mother (narrated by Phyllis Curtin), which was performed in a Fleet Boston Celebrity Series concert in 2000; David Rakowski's Attitude Problem (1996); and Ross Bauer's Motion (1998). Cathy Fuller, classical producer and host of WGBH, said of their work: "One of the greatest gifts that Triple Helix offers all of us is a breathtaking, visceral realization that the great pieces, in all their startling complexity of design, are built with materials taken directly from our own lives."

The Artists

Lois Shapiro, piano, has appeared throughout the U.S. and abroad, performing a range of repertoire and recording from 18th century works to premieres of new pieces. A winner of the NY Concert Artists Guild Award, Shapiro performs at such summer festivals as Aston Magna and Monadnock Music. She teaches piano at the Longy School of Music, Wellesley College, and Brandeis University, and gives numerous lecture-recitals on topics such as the "Music of Schumann in Cultural Perspective" and the "Late Piano Sonatas of Beethoven." She has recorded for Channel Classics, CRI, Centaur, MLAR, AFKA, and Pierrot. She holds degrees from Peabody Institute and Yale School of Music.

Bayla Keyes, violin, received her first professional experience with Music from Marlboro. She was a founding member of the Muir String Quartet, with whom she toured internationally, winning the Evian and Naumburg Awards and two Grand Prix du Disques. Her recent concert highlights include premieres of works with Boston Musica Viva, as well as frequent performances of the standard concerto repertoire. Keyes is professor of violin at Boston University, founding director of the String Quartet Institute at Tanglewood, and director of the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Conference. She has recorded for Ecoclassics, CRI, Musical Heritage, EMI-France, Koch, Bridge, and New World Records. She holds degrees from Curtis Institute and Yale School of Music.

Rhonda Rider, cello, was a founder of the Naumburg Award-winning Lydian Quartet and has garnered significant recognition as a soloist, including the NY Concert Artists' Guild Award and an Aaron Copland Fun Grant. Her solo disc of contemporary cello music (1989) and her duo recording with Lois Shapiro (1996) were both cited as Best of the Year in The Boston Globe. A member of the Boston Conservatory Chamber players, she also teaches at Boston University and Wellesley, and performs and teaches regularly at such summer festivals as Music From Salem, Tanglewood, and Token Creek Festival. She coordinates chamber music at Boston Conservatory and is founding director of the Cello Seminar. She holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Yale School of Music.

Admission for the concert is $25; seniors $20; and free for students. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 528-7212.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706