Madison, NJ

Saturday, November 4, 8:00 PM at Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Drew University

Essential String Trios

This program brings together three of the foremost string players on the CMS roster–violinist Arnaud Sussmann, violist Paul Neubauer, and CMS Co-Artistic Director, cellist David Finckel–for an extraordinary showcase of works for string trio, a genre considered by connoisseurs even more demanding for performers than the string quartet.

Beethoven’s dazzling G major Trio, filled with buoyant energy and charm, opens the program. This is followed by the preeminent twentieth century example of the genre: the dramatic, yet lyrical Trio by Krzysztof Penderecki. The program concludes with Mozart’s extraordinary and majestic Divertimento, his first and only music for string trio, and a work filled with uncommon richness and intensity that many consider to be one of his most sublime compositions.


  • Beethoven Trio in G major for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 9, No. 1 (1797-98)
  • Penderecki Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello (1990-91)
  • Mozart Divertimento in E-flat major for Violin, Viola, and Cello, K. 563 (1788)