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For its Nov. 14 concert at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Fort Greene, the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music presents a program of piano trios by Mozart, Schumann and Schubert. The presentation of works by three of classical music’s greatest composers at the peak of their powers will be performed by violinist Jasmine Lin, cellist Sophie Shao and pianist Pei-Yao Wang (pictured).

Mozart’s B-flat trio, one of his most sublimely attractive works, smiles continuously throughout its three movements; Schumann’s F-major trio, the most obviously accessible of the composer’s three trios, was the one he himself felt best showed off his style in this medium; and the E-flat major of Schubert, quite simply one of the greatest piano trios ever written, clocks in at an overwhelming 40 to 45 minutes (depending on speed and the number of repeats). Schubert’s trio distills its composer’s entire essence - his vigor, his melancholy, his lyricism and youthfulness. The second movement in particular is strikingly powerful.

The players for this recital come with high marks: violinist Lin is a member of the Chicago String Quartet; pianist Wang is a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two; and cellist Shao is on the faculty at Princeton University’s music school.

Tickets for the 3 pm concert are $15, $5 for students. The Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church is located at 85 South Oxford St. at Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene. For more information, visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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