Three years ago, founders of St. Albert Chamber Music Society (SACMS) hit on the idea of asking flautist Crystal Krips to form a trio for a leisurely, outdoor summer concert.
Krips, an accomplished St. Albert musician with more than two decades performance experience, called on friends and colleagues cellist Caitlin Laslop and flautist Dorothy Speers to team up.
Thrown together for a one-off at St. Albert Botanic Park, the newly formed Terzetto was an instant hit. Audiences responded to their spacious meditations, graceful phrasing and evocative display of beauty.
The flute-cello trio is back performing as part of SACMS’ Take 10, Classical Music at Noon on Thursday, Oct. 10, at St. Albert Place.
This is the society’s 10th anniversary. In celebration of the landmark year, the City of St. Albert has donated a grant for three free noon-hour pop-up concerts. Take 10 concerts are in addition to the regular season.
As a trio, the approach to music is modest. However, it brings an exciting array of grand works with moods that run the gamut from humorous to pensive to gentle.
Each composition is delivered with precision while maintaining a crack pace. The recital features transcription pieces from Georg Telemann, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Antonio Vivaldi.
“They’re all fairly light and easy listening. Some pieces might even be recognizable. It’s all super light,” said Krips.
The St. Albert musician plays piccolo and flute with Edmonton Winds, enjoys a private practice teaching piano and flute, and is in high demand as a clinician.
Caitlin Laslop, a student of the late Tanya Prochazka, recently moved to St. Albert. She has a studio of 20-plus students in addition to performing with Vif String Quartet and teaching at Suzuki Charter School.
In addition to teaching with MacEwan University’s music program, Dorothy Speers is an in-demand solo player who has performed with Edmonton Symphony, Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Edmonton Winds and core musical theatre productions.
Ranked among some of the region’s best musicians, Terzetto’s one-hour recital is destined to overflow with excitement and joie de vivre.
“I just want the audience to relax and enjoy our concert. It’s going to be very intimate and it’s a nice introduction to classical music,” concluded Krips.
The St. Albert Place recital runs from 12 to 1 p.m. For more information, visit stalbertchambermusic.ca.