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Young String Musicians Bringing Anything-Goes Style to Hatfield Hall

March 28, 2011

Mix in a little bit classical with just the right pinch of country western, gypsy and jazz and you get the successful recipe for Time for Three.  And, crowds have been eating up what this groundbreaking, category-shattering trio has been serving for the past seven years.  They'll bring their popular improvisational style to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Hatfield Hall Theater on Saturday, April 2, for a 7:30 p.m. concert as part of the college's Performing Arts Series.

Tickets for the show are $18-$22 for adults and $16 for youths and students.  Tickets can be purchased by calling (812) 877-8544 or visiting the Hatfield Hall ticket office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
What started as a trio of musicians who played together for fun while students at Philadelphia's prestigious Curtis Institute for Music evolved into Time for Three, or Tf3 for short -- a charismatic ensemble with a reputation for limitless enthusiasm and no musical boundaries.

Violinists Zachary DePue and Nicolas Kendall first discovered their mutual love of fiddling in the country western and bluegrass styles.  Bassist Ranaan Meyer then introduced them to his deep roots in jazz and improvisation.  After considerable experimentation, the three officially formed Tf3.

The ensemble gained instant attention in 2003 during a lightning-induced power failure at Philadelphia's Mann Music Center.  While technicians attempted to restore onstage lighting, Ranaan and Zach, who were both performing with The Philadelphia Orchestra, obliged with an impromptu jam session that included works as far afield from the originally scheduled symphony as "Jerusalem's Ridge," "Ragtime Annie," and "The Orange Blossom Special."

The crowd went wild.

Stars were born.

To date, the group has performed hundreds of engagements as diverse as its music: from featured guest soloists with The Philadelphia Orchestra to opening for k.d. lang.
Tf3 sets itself apart not only with its varied repertoire performed with astonishing technical acuity, but also through its approach.  Its high-energy performances are free of conventional practices, drawing instead from the members' differing musical backgrounds.  The trio also performs its own arrangements of traditional repertoire and Meyer provides original compositions to complement the trio's offerings.

Kendall studied at the Curtis Institute with the internationally renowned violinist Victor Danchenko.  He maintains a strong interest in other musical instruments and genres and is an enthusiastic teacher who utilizes elements from both classical and non-traditional repertoires in his popular workshops.  He debuted with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra as the winner of their Young Artists competitions.
DePue graduated in 2002 from the Curtis Institute, where he studied with renowned violinists Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo.  Prior to entering Curtis, he attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, and made his solo debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in 1994, performed as soloist with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in 1995 and in 2007 was appointed concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  DePue has performed at the Isaac Stern Music Workshop, the Chautauqua Institution and Interlochen Arts Academy.

Meyer attended the Manhattan School of Music and graduated from the Curtis Institute in 2003.  Beyond regular appearances with ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Meyer is increasingly in demand as a composer, creating unique new works for Tf3 as well as for other ensembles and for solo bass.  He is also an accomplished jazz musician, an avid teacher and the founder of a new program called Project Interactive, whose purpose is to culturally connect communities' artistic possibilities.

Find out more about Time for Three at and the Rose-Hulman Performing Arts Series at

Show Information

Time for Three
April 2 - 7:30 p.m.
Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, Ind.
Tickets: $18-$22 for adults and $16 for youths/students.
Purchase tickets by calling (812) 877-8544; visiting the Hatfield Hall ticket office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays or online at