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Chamber trio Time For Three plays Wednesday

Bill DeYoung



Time For Three stretches the perceived boundaries of classical music. Publicity photo.

It’s been a good couple of measures, thus far into 2023, for classical music in our midst. Two weeks ago the vaunted Juilliard String Quartet brought top-shelf chamber music to the Palladium Theater. The Florida Orchestra is having a great season, despite the recent news that change-making CEO Mark Cantrell is stepping down in May.

Violin legend Itzhak Perlman is guest soloist for TFO’s 2023 gala concert, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater. This comes on the heels of the Sarasota Orchestra’s March 2 gala, which featured no less a luminary than iconic cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

The good stuff continues with the Wednesday (March 8) Palladium performance from the chamber trio Time For Three. Like the Juilliard concert, it’s part of the theater’s ongoing chamber music series, curated by TFO principal violinist Jeffrey Multer.

With that in mind, Time For Three (Tf3) isn’t strictly a classical music ensemble. Nick Kendall (violin, vocals), Charles Yang (violin, vocals) and Ranaan Meyer (double bass, vocals) blend pop, Americana, jazz and other styles into their unique mix – there’s not a whole lot of vocals in standard classical repertoire, for example.

That, however, is what makes Time For Three so refreshing – trained classical players who have no compunction about experimenting and stretching the music’s (perceived) boundaries.

From a concert review in the Indiana Republic: “Whether playing bluegrass, jazz or melodies from the American musical theater, Tf3 demonstrated incredible musical technique as well as stylistic authenticity and integrity.

“Tf3 performs like a thunderstorm moving across the American plain. Members’ boundless energy and electrifying personalities filled the auditorium and moved the normally reserved concert audience to cheers, whistles and thunderous applause.

“As they physically embodied their music with sharp, angular and crisp motions almost immediately followed by sweeping, linear almost balletic movements, Tf3’s infectious stage presence and passionate interpretation swept up both the audience and orchestra into a whirlwind performance.”

Tf3 won the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, for the album Letters for the Future with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Xian Zhang.

Tickets for the Wednesday Palladium concert are here.

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