It was a fantastic action-packed week with the Allant Trio! Pianist Beth Nam, violinist Anna Park, and cellist Alina Lim experienced Adirondack living at its finest and fullest. One glorious afternoon Andy Sajor took us sailing on Lake Champlain. The breeze was gentle and we dove off the boat for a refreshing swim in Cumberland Bay – they were amazed at how pristine the water was. A few days later we attended Thornton’s annual pig roast, one of Saranac’s most anticipated social events of the summer. The spread was plentiful and they sampled succulent smoke-roasted pork and salmon and an array of sides and salads, and washed it all down with a brew!
Each day the trio rehearsed morning and evening in preparation for their recording session with Joel Hurd of North Country Public Radio, as well as for the community concert. They succeeded in “laying down” Haydn’s “Gypsy” Trio and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, as well as mapping out the complex editing– all extremely demanding work. The culminating concert at the church, free and open to the public, included both the Haydn and Mendelssohn trios, as well as the rising young Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy’s Give Me Phoenix Wings to Fly. We were pleased with the turnout: 125 attended and we ran out of programs. The audience recognized the special talent, energy, and cohesion of the Allant Trio and rewarded them with an overwhelming standing ovation. We can’t wait for their new CD to be released and they can’t wait to come back again to the North Country!