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Clarinetist David Shifrin, pianist Anna Polonsky, and cellist Peter Wiley will perform as a trio at the Brattleboro Music Center.

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BMC Chamber Series presents the Polonsky-Shifrin-Wiley Trio

BRATTLEBORO—The Brattleboro Music Center’s Chamber Series presents the Polonsky-Shifrin-Wiley Trio on Friday, Dec. 6.

The 7:30 p.m. concert features pianist Anna Polonsky, clarinetist David Shifrin, and cellist Peter Wiley.

The three have performed individually in the past for local audiences, at the Marlboro Music Festival and as part of the BMC Chamber Music Series, but their new collaboration as a trio “offers the promise of a very special concert,” according to a news release.

To open and close the program, the Trio will present two towering works for clarinet, cello, and piano.

Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano in 1797, early in his career. At this time, he was experimenting with chamber music for woodwind instruments.

On the other hand, Johannes Brahms composed his Trio in 1891, relatively late in life, after he met and became entranced with the playing of Richard Mühlfeld, the principal clarinetist of the Meiningen Orchestra.

The Trio will also perform Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello (1973) by Nino Rota as well as the Trio by Francis Poulenc.

Tickets are $40 preferred seating, $20 general admission, and are available at, by calling the BMC at 802-257-4523, or by visiting the center at 72 Blanche Moyse Way.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #538 (Wednesday, November 27, 2019). This story appeared on page B3.

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