New York City-based musicians of the Emerald Trio work in New York’s vibrant music-theater scene, appearing in the orchestras of the hottest shows on- and off-Broadway. The Emeralds are Karen Bogardus, flutes; Orlando Wells, violin and viola; and Matt Castle, piano and composer.
The Emerald Trio had an intense week of rehearsing and recording, swimming, rehearsing and recording, drinking wine, and rehearsing and recording. Their retreat was all about a program of new works written especially for them by their friends: on-the-scene New York City composers Carolyn Steinberg, Matt Castle, Joseph Pehrson, Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, Milica Paranosic, and Davide Zannoni. They capped their stay with a terrific performance of those fascinating works – free and open to the public – on Sunday, August 23 at the historic United Methodist Church in Saranac. Before long we expect the release of their new CD produced by Composers Concordance Records on the Naxos label.