Trio Settecento to give lecture, concert May 17

The Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Association proudly presents Trio Settecento for the final concert of its 2012-2013 season. Imagination, vigor, technical polish and historical insight have made the Trio’s performances appealing to audiences and critics alike. The Ames program is entitled “An Italian Sojourn” featuring 17th and 18th century masters: Handel, Castello, Marini, Corelli, Locatelli and Veracini. The members of this remarkable Trio are Rachel Barton Pine, baroque violin; John Mark Rozendaal, baroque ‘cello; and David Schrader, harpsichord.

The evening will begin at 6:45 p.m., when the musicians themselves will present a pre-concert lecture about music of the Italian Baroque, its style, the instruments of the period and the special intricacies of playing that music on those instruments. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Trio Settecento will perform at Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, ISU Music Hall in Ames.

Concert tickets are $25 online at, at the door or in advance at Rieman Music in Ames, Chocolaterie Stam in Ames and ISU Music Department Office. Tickets are free for students K-12, college and university (with ID).

Trio Settecento was formed after Pine, Rozendaal and Schrader came together in 1996 to record the complete violin sonatas of George Frederick Handel. The Trio made its New York City debut at The Frick Collection in August 2006, which was recorded for broadcast on WNYC. The Trio has also appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Music Institute of Chicago’s Baroque Chamber Music Festival, as well as many other performances around the U.S.

The concert on May 17 will feature music from Trio Settecento’s highly successful CD, recorded in 2007, An Italian Sojourn. Another CD followed in 2009, A German Bouquet, featuring a selection of German Baroque era works with popular pieces by Bach and Buxtehude, as well as rarely heard repertoire by other Baroque composers. The artists of Trio Settecento have recorded a number of other CD’s, both together and individually.

All three members of Trio Settecento are dedicated to community engagement and music education.