The Asheville Chamber Music Series (ACMS) will present the lauded TRIO KARÉNINE, in concert on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. The concert welcomes the French ensemble to Asheville and will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville at 1 Edwin Place in Asheville.

With roots in the trio sonatas of the Baroque era, the Trio truly became its own genre during the Classical period. As the piano became more widely available in the 18th century, the piano trio (piano, violin, and cello), which made a fuller and more varied texture possible, attracted composers. The TRIO KARÉNINE program offers the concertgoer a taste of a variety of piano trios.

The concert opens with the Romantic Era giant Robert Schumann’s Piano Trio in F major, Op. 80. Written in 1847, it is a work which, as the composer himself said, “makes a friendlier and more immediate impression” than his two other trios. The second piece, Piano Trio, Op. 24 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, provides juxtaposition from Schumann as a gripping post WWII composition. The program concludes with Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor. Completed in five weeks of activity before enlisting in the Army in 1814, Ravel employed coloristic effects such as trills, tremolos, harmonics, glissandos, and arpeggios, demanding a high level of technical proficiency from all three musicians

Founded in Paris in 2009, Trio Karénine bears the name of Tolstoï’s beautiful and emotionally honest heroine. The trio is lauded for its musical integrity and joie de vivre by critics and audiences alike. Top prize winner at the ARD international Competition in 2013, the ensemble has performed in major halls including Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Pleyel and Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montréal, Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, and Prinzregentheater and Herkulessaal in Munich. The trio has toured Asia, both in China with the Festival Croisements, and in Japan.

Tickets are $40 general admission. Youth under 25 are free. To purchase tickets or for more information please visit the ACMS website: or call 575-7427 or email

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