Featuring the Eroica Trio, Daniel Binelli, Eduardo Isaac, and Miriam Larici
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
TANGO EVOLUTION is the first program of the series “A Tango Trilogy” taking place at San Francisco’s historic Palace of Fine Arts Theatre this weekend, and continuing later in August and November. All net proceeds from performances of “A Tango Trilogy” go to support the SAN FRANCISCO BREAST CANCER EMERGENCY FUND providing short-term emergency financial assistance to low-income San Franciscans battling breast cancer.
Tango Evolution (April 18 — 20) features the most sought after classical chamber music group in the world, the Eroica Trio, along with tango’s best bandoneonist, Daniel Binelli and international acclaimed guitarist Eduardo Isaac with dancer Miriam Larici from the 1998 Broadway cast of Forever Tango.
THE EROICA TRIO is the most sought-after trio in the world. The Grammy-nominated threesome thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Whether playing the great standards of the piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, the three young women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their performances of depth and precision. The Trio won the prestigious 1991 Naumburg Award, resulting in a highly successful Lincoln Center debut and has since toured the United States, Europe, and Asia. While maintaining their demanding concert schedule, the Eroica Trio has released seven critically lauded recordings for Angel/EMI Classics Records, garnering multiple Grammy®nominations.
THE EROICA TRIO – Sara Sant’Ambrogio Erika Nickrenz, Susie Park
Erika Nickrenz, pianist, a native of New York, she made her concerto debut in Town Hall at age eleven. Ms. Nickrenz began her studies with German Diez and received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School as a pupil of Abbey Simon; an active solo and chamber musician with more than eighty concerts this season. She appeared as soloist with the Jupiter Symphony in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and has toured with Music from Marlboro; as a member of Chamber Soloists USA she toured Tasmania and Australia, performing at the Sydney Opera House. In 2007 she toured the East Coast with “Charles Wadsworth and Friends” and will join them again in 2008 in concerts that will include a World Premiere of a Piano Quartet by Kenji Bunch.
Susie Park, violin, a native of Sydney, Australia, Susie is gaining worldwide recognition for her emotive range and dynamic stage presence. Winner of numerous awards and honours, Miss Park was a Laureate in the 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She garnered first prize in the senior division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists, second prize in the junior division of the Henryk Wieniawski/Karol Lipinski Competition, first prize in the Richard Goldner Concerto Competition, the City of Sydney Reg Marsh Award for Most Outstanding String Performer and the Ernest Llewellyn String Award. She took top honours at the national string division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Young Performer’s Award and her performance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was televised nationally, earning her the Victorian Premier’s Award.
Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cello, Grammy Award-winning Sara first leapt to international attention when she was a winner at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Violoncello Competition in Moscow, Russia. As a result of her medal, Carnegie Hall invited Ms. Sant’Ambrogio to perform a recital that was filmed by CBS News as part of a profile about her, which was televised nationally. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has won numerous international competitions, including The Whitaker, Dealey, Artists International, and Palm Beach competitions. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio won a Grammy Award for her performance of Bernstein’s “Arias and Barcarolles” on Koch Records. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has been the subject of 2 PBS documentaries and currently has 4 music videos playing on Classic FM TV in the UK and Europe. This Season Miss Sant’Ambrogio was given a Matteo Goffriller cello, 1715, Venice, on extended loan through the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society of Chicago. The Stradivari Society is a unique organization that supports the very highest level of string playing by assisting Patrons who own the most precious antique Italian instruments and choose to make them available to artists of exceptional talent and ability. Inspired by this magnificent cello, Sara has decided to follow up on the success of her last solo release, DREAMING, by recording the Bach Solo Cello Suites on the Goffriller this season for Sebastian Records.
DANIEL BINELLI and EDUARDO ISAAC
Daniel Binelli – Music Director/Bandoneon (Argentina) is an internationally renowned master of the bandoneon, seasoned composer and experienced arranger specialized in all styles of tango. Binelli is widely acclaimed as the foremost exponent and torchbearer of the music of Astor Piazzolla. In 1989, Binelli joined Astor Piazzolla´s New Tango Sextet, touring internationally. Previously, from 1968 until 1982, he was a member Osvaldo Pugliese´s Orchestra, for which he created many arrangements.
Eduardo Isaac – Guitar (Argentina) is one of the top classical guitarists in the world. He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and well-known and well-reputed conductors in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He has regularly conducted master-classes in instrumental technique and repertoire in Argentine, Paraguay, Brazil, Portugal, Italy, Belgium and France. Eduardo has played concerts of Rodrigo, Schifrin and Piazzolla with the Argentinean National Symphony Orchestra in the tour given in Japan and USA. In 2004, he made his San Francisco debut at U.C. Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall with Binelli, pianist Polly Ferman, and flutist Viviana Guzman in the first Extreme Tango concert. With Daniel Binelli, Mr. Eduardo has formed a duet to develop different aspects of the tango. Along with Binelli and Ferman, he has recently recorded as a member of the New Tango Vision Trio. He is especially interested in Twentieth Century repertoire. He has premiered numerous works of young composers of the whole world.
MIRIAM LARICI. Photo, Extreme Tango
In Argentina, Miriam Larici has danced roles in the Broadway shows “42nd St.” and the famous musical “Me and My Girl”, where she was received by audiences praising her with standing ovations. Ms. Larici’s first Hollywood movie was the Warner Brothers production of “MAMBO KINGS”. Her many television appearances have made her an international favorite throughout the United States, Argentina, Mexico, England, and Canad. Recognized as the image of the show “FOREVER TANGO”, Miriam mesmerized viewers and critics with her artistic elegance. She appeared on the PBS production, “Evening at Pops“ with the Boston Pops Orchestra.
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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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