The Rainier Trio at WTA’s Gateway

What: Rainier Trio
When: Saturday, March 1 at 8:00pm
Where: 329 W. Main St., Waynesboro, VA
Tickets: $10 (in advance) | $12 (at the door)

Awakening audiences to the blending of music from violin, viola and piano, the Rainier Trio will look to Hollywood in this performance with music from Fiddler on the Roof, Schindler’s List, Lara’s Theme and other audience favorites. The Trio will make their first appearance on WTA’s Gateway stage on Saturday, March 1. The performance begins at 8:00 pm at 329 W. Main Street in downtown Waynesboro, VA.

Now in its fifth season, the Rainier Trio is an exciting and energetic group that captivates audiences with gems from the violin-viola-piano trio repertoire. A combination written for since the 17th century, the repertoire includes works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Milhaud and bridges genres from classical to ragtime and tango.

Hailed as “two perfect virtuosos” at their international performance debut, Kevin and Bryan Matheson of the Classic Strings Duo were received with critical acclaim at their Carnegie Weill Recital Hall début as part of the Ibla Grand Prize competition winners’ tour. The duo has been recognized for its mesmerizing and spirited performances – two perfect virtuosos, playing as one. They have teamed up with pianist Brenda Wittwer, a native of Charlotte, NC. She has been an accompanist for Theater Charlotte, Pfeiffer University Concert Choir and Sounds of America, a musical group which toured the 48 contiguous states.

Recently the Rainier Trio performed a series of concerts in Pittsburgh and on the classical radio station WQED with Alex Jones, principal clarinetist of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. The trio was chosen to highlight the dedication concert for the Prizery’s new 9-foot Steinway piano and they have collaborated with opera singers at the Vocal Arts and Music Festival at Virginia Tech. Their CD was chosen as “CD of the week” by WQED Pittsburgh.

The Rainier Trio is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Advance tickets for the Rainier Trio performance are $10 and are available online at www.wtagateway.com or by calling the box office (540-943-9999). Remaining tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the performance for $12. Doors will open at 7:30 pm. The March 1st performance will start at 8:00 pm at WTA’s Gateway at 329 W. Main St. downtown Waynesboro, VA.

Be sure to visit our website (www.wtagateway.com) for a preview of other upcoming events. You can also like us on Facebook. (www.facebook.com/WayneTheatreAlliance) WTA’s Gateway January – June 2014 Show Season includes a wide range of performances from jazz and history lectures to variety shows. Many of the artists call Virginia their home and some internationally known talents grace our stage through the help of sponsors and grants.

For more information contact assistant@waynetheatre.org or call 540-943-9999.