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Taos Art Museum presents concert by exciting Trifecta Trio


Last summer, Laura Metcalf and Rupert Boyd performed a concert at Taos Art Museum's Fechin House as Boyd Meets Girl. Metcalf returns to Taos with another project this week. The Trifecta Trio (Sarah Whitney, violin; Angela Pickett, viola; and Metcalf, cello) joins forces with oboist Andrew Parker to kick off the annual Lilac Festival weekend.

The Taos Art Museum presents the Trifecta Trio with Andrew Parker this Friday (May 18) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. The concert includes works by Mozart and Handel as well as pieces by living composers.

"The audience can expect a really exciting, eclectic mix of music, some they will never have heard before," promised Metcalf.

A former student of the Taos School of Music, Metcalf attended the school for what she remembers as "two glorious summers" in 2006 and 2007. An accomplished cellist, Metcalf has been praised by The Washington Post for her "gorgeous cello legatos" and by Gramophone Magazine for her "brilliant" playing.

She has performed widely, including in South Africa, Nepal, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Qatar, Japan and Australia. Metcalf's first solo album reached No. 7 on the Billboard Classical Charts, and the next year her duo album "Boyd Meets Girl" reached No. 3 on the same chart.

Metcalf plays with the cello-percussion quartet, Break of Reality, which was chosen to tour the world as musical ambassadors for the U.S. State Department. Metcalf has performed with Adele, John Legend, Nas and many other musicians who play in nonclassical genres. She has also started a Sunday concert series called Gather New York in her home of New York City.

Violinist Sarah Whitney is a classically trained musician who is changing the perception of classical music and its presentation. She founded the concert series Beyond the Notes in 2015 and cofounded the Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra.

Metcalf describes Whitney as a musician who "plays classical music but is also comfortable in a variety of genres from jazz to rock."

Violist Angela Pickett earned degrees at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music and plays classical viola and violin. She also plays the Irish fiddle, which she grew up hearing in Newfoundland, Canada. She teaches at Bridge Arts Ensemble and the Lincoln Center Stage and performs with the IRIS Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra and Argento.

Metcalf, Whitney and Pickett have played music together for a decade. They are all long-time members of Sybarite5, an award-winning string quintet which has performed at Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress and hundreds of concerts all over the world.

"The three of us, over the last year or two, have wanted to explore the repertoire for string trio, as well as open ourselves up to more collaborative projects," said Metcalf. "With the configuration of a string trio--one violin, one viola and one cello--you can really do a lot with collaborations. You can add a piano and do piano quartets. You can add a violin and do string quartets…. [Founding the Trifecta Trio] was really about our want to explore those kinds of collaborations and that different avenue of repertoire. We've been having a really good time doing that."

Oboist Andrew Parker will join the Trifecta Trio for their Taos concert.

"Andy is an old friend of ours," said Metcalf. "He is currently the oboe professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he held the same position at the University of Iowa. He also maintains a really active performing career playing in orchestras all throughout the country and solo and chamber concerts as well. He's a really incredible oboist and great friend, so we're really excited about this collaboration."

This will be the very first time that Trifecta Trio has performed with Parker.

"About half the program will be with Andy, and that will include a beautiful Mozart oboe quartet and some arias by Mozart and Handel that we've arranged for our ensemble," Metcalf said. "And, then Trifecta will do a number of our signature works, which we'll announce from the stage. We're really committed to eclectic programming, so you can hear a Bach piece alongside really exciting pieces by living composers who are some of the most up-and-coming accomplished young composers in the country."

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Tickets for the Trifecta Trio are $20 for members of the Taos Art Museum and $25 for nonmembers.