On January 19th, the Kandinsky Trio came to the Olin Hall Auditorium to play for students, faculty and members of the community. The first set began with two violinists and a pianist entering the stage with a Roanoke College student. Following a brief warm up, the three began playing. The first piece was “Suite in G Minor” and was arranged by Moritz Moszkowski. The three instruments wrote a story on stage, showing the skills of all three, violinists Benedict Goodfriend and Fritz Gearheart, and pianist Elizabeth Bacheldor. These three set the stage but were shortly after followed by cellist Alan Weinstein, and guest artist Amadi Azikiwe on violin.
The first piece ended with a look of triumph shared between the two violinists. They shook hands and the three musicians bowed together. After a short break between pieces, all five artists joined the stage for the remainder of the night. Hands, bows and the movement of each artist was itself a creation of art, their tapping feet and turning pages a type of dance. The second piece was written by Patrick Fitzgibbon and titled “Flood Spell.” Fitzgibbon was a Roanoke College alumnus class of 2005. His piece was inspired by the namesake of the trio, Wassily Kandinsky, an abstractionist artist. He is known for his quote, “To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts- such is the obligation of the artist.” With this as their guiding concept, the Kandinsky Trio travels and brings music to all their audiences.
The rest of the evening continued with themes of melancholy, tranquility, anger with bursts of light and quick tempoed music in between. The title of the piece included the word Razbliuto which means the feeling towards someone that you once loved, but no longer have those feelings towards. Robert G. Pannell, the artist behind the piece, says that his piece was inspired by the “beauty, sadness, nothingness and monotony” that the word evokes. This first section of the evening finished with applause from the audience.
The rest of the evening was centered around T.S. Eliot and his “Four Quartets.” After intermission, all five musicians took the stage to preform Christopher Theofanidis’ “At The Still Point.” The piece was divided into four sections, each about ten minutes long. Between each, a reading from Eliot’s original poem was read which highlighted the music’s inspiration. Theofanidis piece accentuates the unanswerable questions that Eliot makes clear are in the world all around us.