The Converse Trio 

These Southern chamber music stalwarts return to Charleston

What is it? These Southern chamber music stalwarts return to Charleston, performing Brahms' Trio No. 1 and the Piano Trio by modern American composer Robert Aldridge. A favorite violinist among Charleston audiences, Sarah Johnson makes the trek from Spartanburg with Kenneth Law on cello and Douglas Weeks tying everything together on piano.

Why see it? The depth of autumnal beauty brought forth in Brahms' first trio should be well matched with Aldridge's vibrant sense of a new day dawning. Pairing these works of vastly different temperament (and time) may seem an odd juxtaposition, yet this sort of challenge has served the Converse Trio well over its history.

Who should go? Fans of Romantic chamber music should be thrilled at the chance to hear this work by Brahms, a composition that spanned the composer's life. Fans of modern music should be thrilled to hear Aldridge's composition from 2001. Neither should turn away from the other work. A part of the Converse Trio's genius lies in the educational opportunities such pairings afford.

PICCOLO SPOLETO • $10 • 1 hour 15 min. • May 28 at 6 p.m. • New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church, 22 Elizabeth St. • (888) 374-2656

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