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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
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
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
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 http://tf3.com and the Rose-Hulman Performing
Arts Series at www.hatfieldhall.com.
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
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 www.hatfieldhall.com.