On Thursday, September 6 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall at 8:00 p.m., Trio Inconnu, featuring pianist Stanley Sisskin, violinist Claudia Chudacoff (pictured) and cellist Jodi Beder, will perform an evening of trios, featuring:
- Trio No. 25 in E minor, Hob. XV/12 by Joseph Haydn
- Trio No. 2 in B minor, Op. 76 by Joaquín Turina
- Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms
Pianist Stanley Sisskin received a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of California at Berkeley, a post-graduate degree in accompanying from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and a Master’s Degree in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Sisskin was the silver medal winner of the New York International Competition for Outstanding Amateur Pianists in 2004 and 2006. He has frequently appeared as soloist with the New York Piano Society, and as soloist with the Broadway Bach Ensemble, a New York–based community orchestra. In 2009, he performed a solo recital in the Rose Studio of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Sisskin was chosen to play concerto movements with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as part of the PianoTexas festival, and with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta.
Violinist Claudia Chudacoff appears frequently as soloist and chamber musician throughout the Washington area. She is a member of both the Sunrise Quartet and the National Gallery Quartet, and has performed regularly on several chamber series, including the Embassy Series, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Musical Arts, and the Contemporary Music Forum, and with the Fessenden Ensemble. In 2011, Ms. Chudacoff participated along with the Sunrise Quartet in the International Festival of Sacred Music in Quito, Ecuador. She also appeared in a recent broadcast for West Virginia Public Television featuring that group. She can be heard on many recordings and radio broadcasts, including several appearances on National Public Radio’s Performance Today program. In addition to her position as Concertmaster of the U.S. Marine Band’s White House Chamber Orchestra, Ms. Chudacoff is also the Concertmaster of both the National Gallery Orchestra and the Alexandria Symphony.
Jodi Beder is principal cellist of Princeton (New Jersey) Symphony Orchestra and has been principal of Princeton Pro Musica and Riverside Symphonia. In the Washington, D.C. area she has played modern and baroque cello with groups including the National Philharmonic, Washington Bach Consort, the Folger Consort, the Vivaldi Project, and the Low End String Quartet. She plays her famous plugged-in painted cello Zizi in the innovative cabaret-rock band Zen for Primates (CDs on Bummer Tent Records). She is a member of Dovetail, the performing ensemble for the Old Doors/New Worlds project, a collaboration of musicians and dancers from vernacular traditions; their first CD/DVD was released in April 2012. She has collaborated with many poets and dance and theater companies over the years. She currently collaborates with poet Kay Lindsey; and she and playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings together have created a performance piece called “You Get Me,” for which she co-wrote music and text, and performs as singer, cellist, and pianist. She is an improviser and a committed interpreter of contemporary music, and has performed and recorded for the American Festival of Microtonal Music; she has also been the solo cellist for a synagogue in New York City for nearly 30 years.
Admission to this event, sponsored by the Department of Music, is free.