JOPLIN, Mo. —
A piano ensemble would like to remind classical music listeners that composer Joseph Haydn is more than the father of the string quartet.
"His paternity of the piano trio is sometimes overlooked," said members of the Horszowski Trio in program notes for its upcoming concert in Joplin. "Although Mozart had written several piano trios before Haydn, he did not seem as comfortable with the form, nor did he write so lavishly for it despite the splended result of his efforts."
Haydn began a push later carried by Beethoven and Brahms, according to the notes.
One of those pieces, Piano Trio in C Major, will be performed by the trio, which includes violinist Jesse Mills, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan and pianist Reiko Aizawa.
The trio will perform Thursday at Missouri Southern State University.
The concert is part of the annual chamber music series of Pro Musica Joplin.
Each member has appeared in Joplin as part of other ensembles, including Daedalus, Duo Prism and Ariel Trio. The members formed as Horszowski Trio in 2011, after years of friendship and the spark of connection after the first time they played together.
Named after Aizawa's teacher, pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski, the trio is inspired by his musicianship, integrity and humanity, according to a bio.
The Joplin program will also feature "For Daniel," by Joan Tower, and Schubert's Trio No. 2 in E-flat major.
Want to go?
Horszowski Trio will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Corley Auditorium, inside Webster Hall at Missouri Southern State University.
The concert is sponsored in part by the Vivian Leon Fund of the Carthage Community Foundation, Debbie Thompson and the Missouri Arts Council.