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Reading Symphony Orchestra Celebrates New Year’s Eve with Genre Defying String Trio

Dec 06, 2017 • by Reading Symphony Orchestra
Time for Three

Local Favorite and Curtis Alum Nick Kendall Featured With Together with Violinist Charles Yang and Double Bassist Ranaan Meyer

READING, PA -Transcending multiple musical categories, string trio Time for Three, featuring local favorite Curtis alum Nick Kendall (violin) together with Charles Yang (violin), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass), join the Reading Symphony Orchestra for a special New Year’s Eve performance on Sunday, December 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center.

Time for Three blends elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz music to create a unique blend of its own, merging original pieces together with their own arrangements of bluegrass, folk tunes, and mash-ups of popular hits from the 60s to present day.

Tickets for the December 31st concert can be purchased in-person at the Santander Center Box Office, through Ticketmaster, or by calling the RSO office at 610-373-7557 or emailing [email protected].

Additional RSO performances in the 2017-18 season include Happy Birthday, Amadeus! on January 27 and Soaring Strings on March 3, both at the Scottish Rite Cathedral; and Glorious Gershwin on April 14 and Picture This! on May 5, both at the Santander Performing Arts Center.

Program Information

New Year’s Eve: Nick Kendall Returns with Time for Three!

Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Santander Performing Arts Center

Concert sponsored by EnerSys, Tompkins VST Bank, Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys, Sweet Street Desserts, and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Reading. 

About the Artists

The groundbreaking, category-shattering trio Time for Three (Tf3) transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. The members — Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; Charles Yang, violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass — carry a passion for improvisation, composing and arranging, all prime elements of the ensemble’s playing.

To date, the group has performed hundreds of engagements as diverse as its music: from featured guest soloists on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s subscription series to Club Yoshi’s in San Francisco to residencies at the Kennedy Center to Christoph Eschenbach’s birthday concert at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany. Recent highlights included their Carnegie Hall debut, appearances with the Boston Pops, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a sell-out concert at the 2014 BBC Proms, and an appearance on the ABC prime time hit show “Dancing with the Stars.”

Tf3’s high-energy performances are free of conventional practices, drawing instead from the members’ differing musical backgrounds. The trio also performs its own arrangements of traditional repertoire and Ranaan Meyer provides original compositions to complement the trio’s offerings.

In 2014, Time for Three released their debut Universal Music Classics album, Time for Three, which spent seven consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard‘s Classical Crossover Chart. The ensemble has also embarked on a major commissioning programs to expand its unique repertoire for symphony orchestras.

On March 25, 2016, PBS premiered the Emmy-winning show “Time for Three in Concert” nationwide, an hour-long program in collaboration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Universal Music Classics and WFYI Public Media, that brings together diverse artists and unique arrangements to create a one-of-a-kind concert experience.  

Andrew Constantine was appointed Music Director of the Reading Symphony Orchestra in April 2007 following a two year search involving nearly three hundred conductors and was named Music Director of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in in July 2009. Previously, Constantine served as Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for three years following an appointment by Yuri Temirkanov in 2004. Constantine works regularly with nearly all of the top British orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra as well as having strong relationships with a number of European and Scandinavian orchestras including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. In the United States, Constantine has developed a reputation for imaginative and compelling programming as well as a profound commitment to music education. In 2003, he was awarded the degree of Honorary Doctor of Music by the University of Leicester for his “contribution to music” and was also awarded a highly prestigious British NESTA Fellowship.

About the Reading Symphony Orchestra

Since 1913, the Reading Symphony Orchestra has been providing uninterrupted access to exceptional classical music to the citizens of Berks County and beyond. Throughout the past 105 years as one of the nation’s continuously operating symphonies, the RSO has performed masterworks from Bach to Beethoven, and many more, and has been joined by illustrious guest soloists including pianists Yuja Wang and Fabio Bidini, violinist Midori, and guitarist Jason Vieaux.

The RSO has blossomed under the artistic leadership of Maestros Harry Fahrbach, Walter Pfeiffer, Hans Kindler, Alexander Hilsberg, Louis Vyner, Sidney Rothstein, and its current music director Andrew Constantine. The orchestra currently performs six concerts annually on its Classics series with additional Pops performances, and collaborations with other community performing arts organizations.

The RSO’s numerous educational and outreach programs continue to benefit the community. Among others, the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings program gives talented area music students the opportunity to perform advanced orchestral repertoire with like-minded peers under the guidance of high-caliber artistic staff; the Orchestra Zone program provides free private instrumental music lessons to underserved students in the Reading School District; and the Masterclass series gives community members an opportunity to learn from visiting soloists.

For more information, please visit www.readingsymphony.org or call 610-373-7557.

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