Although new, the Cortona Trio is already causing a stir in the classical music world because of the talent of three women: Amy Schwartz-Moretti, Julie Albers and Elizabeth Pridgen.
Brought together by their work at Mercer University, the Cortona Trio is a natural outcome of these artists performing, teaching and working together.
The groups name comes from their first public performance together in Rome, Italy, at the Palazzo Barberini underneath the expansive and renowned fresco by the Baroque Italian artist Pietro da Cortona.
Violinist Schwartz-Moretti has made extensive solo appearances since that day in Rome, in addition to orchestral performances as former concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and the Florida Orchestra. Recent festival appearances include concerts in Seattle, Montréal, Rome, Miami, Fayetteville and Amelia Island.
Cellist Albers is recognized for her superlative artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style and her intense musicianship. At age 17, she made her major orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra and has since performed with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand and Australia.
Pianist Pridgen has distinguished herself as a soloist and chamber musician with recent concerts including appearances at Carnegie Halls Zankel Hall, Merkin Hall, the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on Long Island, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and the Rising Stars Series at the Ravinia Festival.
About their performance Friday at Mercer, Schwartz-Moretti said shes looking forward to it.
We are looking forward to playing some of our favorite trios, said Schwartz-Moretti, who serves as the director of Mercers Center for Strings and its Caroline King Paul Chair in violin. The Dvorak trio is always a popular choice because of its emotional nature. One minute it is deeply lamenting, and the next it is dancing and more lighthearted. In contrast, we will be playing a beautifully classical Mozart trio. Personally, I couldnt be more excited to make music with Julie and Liz. We always enjoy our rehearsals and performances together.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Fickling Hall, Mercer University
Cost: $12; one free ticket with Mercer ID.