ELLSWORTH — One-third of the Boston-based Trio Cleonice, scheduled to perform on Thursday, June 11, at the Bryant E. Moore Community Center, has been sidelined by injury. But the show will go on.
With violinist Ari Isaacman-Beck recovering from an elbow injury sustained in a biking accident, cellist Gwen Krosnick and pianist Emely Phelps will draw on their duo repertoire in the June 11 concert from noon to 1 p.m. The performance will be the last in a series of six free concerts offered by the Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI) at the Bryant E. Moore Community Center.
Krosnick and Phelps will bring their considerable duo performance experience to bear in a program that includes Elliott Carter’s Sonata for violoncello and piano and Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for violoncello and piano, FP 143.
Both musicians have a strong connection with Hancock County. Along with Isaacman-Beck, they formed the Trio Cleonice after meeting at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in 2008. The trio took its name from the former Cleonice Mediterranean Bistro in Ellsworth, which was a popular eating place in the area for many years.
After being based in New York for several years, Krosnick, Phelps and Isaacman-Beck moved to Boston after being offered a residency at the New England Conservatory beginning in the fall of 2011. Since then, they have enjoyed a multi-faceted career spanning a busy concert schedule, frequent artist residencies and outreach and a considerable emphasis on contemporary music. Last year, the trio captured a second prize at the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in China and completed their three-year tenure at the New England Conservatory. Highlights of their most recent season have included a concert at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, recitals in Jordan Hall in Boston, a debut at the Kennedy Center and a recording collaboration with composer Rodney Lister.
The ECMI concert series is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The concerts have been aimed at members of the community, including people with young children and homeschooling families, in an effort to make the public aware of what ECMI has to offer its students since opening its doors in January.