The Alpena Community Concert Association will present its final concert of the 2011-12 season on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpena High School Auditorium. The featured performance will be the classical piano trio, Intersection.
Violinist Laura Frautschi, cellist Kristina Reiko-Cooper and pianist John Novacek have forged a powerful connection with audiences worldwide. Formed in 1998, the group's numerous recordings have been best-sellers in Asia and have topped the classical and crossover charts in Japan.
Intersection is renowned for the new catalog of trio works they have directly inspired. These works, substantial but immediately accessible, figure prominently in their programs. One hallmark, common to much of this music, is a suggestion of the trio's hometown, New York City, in its vitality, verve and diversity.
In addition to their CDs, Intersection has released numerous DVDs and have become a familiar presence in the popular media, through many magazine covers, high-profile appearances on television, and even through their much-loved cameos on TV commercials.
An essential component of their concert activity has been their guest appearances, often televised, with major orchestras. Their concert repertoire ranges from the classic, multi-instrumental concerti of Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn, to new, approachable works written expressly for the group in conjunction with orchestra, all intermixed with standard solo concerti. The group literally journeys the world, touring Asia, Europe and the United States, presenting a varied program from all parts of the music world.
As a preview to the next season of 2012-13, ACCA is proud to be offering an outstanding line-up of both national and international talent. That season will begin in September of this year with the unique and thrilling voice of countertenor, Terry Barber. Once a member of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Chanticleer, he performed opera, classical, gospel, folk and jazz in a dozen languages in more than 100 concerts around the globe. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2004, singing the role of "Orlovsky" in Die Fledermaus.
In October, the classical pianist, Yana Reznik, will bring her charm, elegance and inspirational message to the Alpena stage. Born in Moscow, Reznik holds a bachelor of music degree from the Manhatten School of Music, a master degree of music from U.S.C. and a professional studies certificate from the Colburn School of Performing Arts. She even studied at Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy and was the winner of the Arts International Competition. Her talents have been showcased at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Moscow Conservatory.
As the third concert of next season, ACCA is delighted to have the chance to welcome back the exciting and nostalgic talent of Jason Coleman. Those who were fortunate enough to be here for his visit in 2010 will remember his charming and heartwarming tribute to his grandfather, Floyd Cramer. Playing the piano since he could reach the keys, Coleman made his Grand Ole Opry debut at age 17. He has taken to the studio and stage for his own career, producing a collection of his own albums, and has now embarked on his first-ever, nationwide tour.
As a kickoff to the coming season, ACCA is offering its three-concert series for a discounted price of $45. This season membership will be available for purchase at the concert and will continue through May 15. Membership brochures that preview the coming season will also be available at the Feb. 13 concert.
For more information about the Alpena Community Concert Association or season memberships, call Nancy Hammond at 356-8749 or David Usher at 471-9182.