The New Cambridge Trio will premier Shades of Gray, Far Away by Larchmont composer Nora Morrow at a program entitled “Hands Across the Globe” to benefit Doctors without Borders on Saturday, January 30 at St. John’s Church in Larchmont. Also on the program are Bolling Suite #2 for Flute and Jazz Trio and pieces by Villa-Lobos and Bartok.
This is the third in a series of local benefit programs by the New Cambridge Trio. The church is providing use of the Parish Hall as their donation, and Auray Gourmet of Larchmont is contributing refreshments.
The musicians are “using our specific talents in order to do good,” said Ms. Morrow. The talent includes:
Larchmont resident Alice Miller, who is a classical flutist, graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, former member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and current flute teacher. She has played with the London, Ontario Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Tanglewood festival and the Spoleto, Italy Festival of Two Worlds.
Tony Coretto, who started piano lessons at nine, sang the lead in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at twelve, and becoming an organist and choirmaster at thirteen. He studied music theory and history while at Harvard, and continued performing while a graduate student in philosophy at Stanford. He performs as a pianist throughout Westchester and sings baritone with the Westchester Chorale, of which he is president of the board of directors.
Marcel Villaflor, who began playing the double bass at the age of 13 and was a member of the Brooklyn All-Borough and New York All-City High School orchestras. He has been a member of the International Society of Double Bassists since 1992 and its treasurer since 2002. He currently performs with the Yonkers Philharmonic and the Croton Choral Society.
“I’ve been composing all my life,” said Ms. Morrow, who was approached by Ms. Miller to write a piece for the trio in 2007.
When she sat down to write, “I was very upset about what was happening to the Iraqi people and their country. A lot of the themes and the rhythms in the piece evoke that part of the world.”
The resulting work, Shades of Grey, Far Away has three movements: Hide and Seek; Desert Train and Homecoming.