The piano trio literature, which contains some of the most felicitous music ever written, is neglected relative to its importance as a chief conveyor of the classical style. That’s why the launching of a new performing trio is welcome news indeed. The North Park Trio is pianist Elizabeth Buccheri, violinist Alison Dalton, and cellist Julie Zumsteg, frequent partners in the past few years. All three are on the faculty of North Park College, and they’re well known in Chicago for other affiliations: Buccheri serves as a rehearsal conductor at the Lyric Opera; Dalton is a Chicago Symphony Orchestra member; and Zumsteg is a principal in the Chicago String Ensemble. For their inaugural concert, which kicks off the college’s popular chamber series, they’ve picked three pieces that trace the evolution of the genre, one each from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Mozart’s contribution, the enchanting Piano Trio in B-flat, is typical of much of his chamber music in its treatment of the instruments as equals. In Brahms’s glowing Trio in C Minor, the instrumental parts are more virtuosic than in Mozart. Bohuslav Martinu’s 1944 trio–a tidy bundle of rhythmic energy-acknowledges the ascendancy of wind instruments by subbing flute for violin; it will be given a rare performance by Buccheri, Zumsteg, and Music of the Baroque’s ace flutist Lyon Leifer. With this recital the chamber series moves into its new home, the Anderson Chapel, a brandnew building with a simple Scandinavian look and reportedly excellent acoustics. Friday, 8:15 PM, Anderson Chapel, North Park College, 3225 W. Foster; 583-2700, ext. 4300.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Monte H. Gerlach.