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NYC chamber music ensemble in Saranac

August 21, 2014

By Robin Caudell, The Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Aug. 21--SARANAC -- Alina Lim, Beth Nam and Anna Park took the Greyhound from New York City to Saranac on Monday.

Lim (cello), Nam (piano) and Park (cello) are the Allant Trio, and they are in a weeklong Hill and Hollow Music residency in Saranac.

On Sunday, they perform a free concert there at the United Methodist Church.


Lim is used to bus travel. Back home to Toronto, she rides 11 hours at a clip. There, she began her cello studies at The Royal Conservatory of Music. She is in pursuit of a Professional Studies Certificate at the Mannes College, The New School of Music in NYC.

"We got picked up at Plattsburgh by Angela (Brown, co-founder with J. Kellum Smith of Hill and Hollow) and took us grocery shopping," said Lim, who is a graduate of The Julliard School.

"We filled up our refrigerator downstairs. Today, we went to visit her main house. It's very nice to hear the hens, and we also had their organic eggs this morning."

Soon, they will trade the idyllic and frenetic aspects of the East Coast for southern California.

"I've been there for seven years, and the other two have been there for over 10 years," Lim said of NYC. "We have more concerts on the West Coast at the moment."

This year, the trio won the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions in Los Angeles. Their award included the Jonathan Madrigano Entrepreneurship Grant from Juilliard.

"They gave us a lot of concerts in the southern California area."

Red-eye flights will be less frequent once the trio relocates.

"I've taken it on my way back last time but it's kind of cold on the plane," Lim said.

They will crash at Nam's parents' California home until they settle down in between concerts here and there including an October date in Korea.


The chamber music ensemble takes its name from the French musical term, which means moving ... going ... stirring ...bustling ...not at rest.

North Country Public Radio'sJoel Hurd will record the ensemble for a CD project comprised of Haydn's "Gypsy Trio," Mendelssohn's "Piano Trio No. 1 in D. Minor" and Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy's "Give Me Phoenix Wings to Fly."

These are the same works they will perform at Sunday afternoon's concert.

"We've been playing it a lot because it's so fun to play and the audience always loves it," Lim said of Murphy's contemporary work.

"We made a music video out of the third movement. The last piece is Mendelssohn's 'Piano Trio No. 1.' It's just a very passionate piece, and there are a lot of different characters and moods involved. Every piece has its own attractiveness to it. Haydn's actually nicknamed 'Gypsy' because of the third movement that has a lot of Hungarian-gypsy sound, folk music. That's definitely the center of the piece."

"Give me Phoenix Wings to Fly" is very visual.

"Everyone will probably be able to picture the bird flying," Lim said. "There are a lot of squawking sounds but it's still very tonal so it's very pleasing to the ear. The Mendelssohn, it's really one of the audience's favorite piano trios in the repertoire. It's the center of romantic pieces."

On Wednesday evening, the Allant Trio will tuck away another Adirondack Coast experience sailing on Andy Sajor's "Chaosarou II" on Lake Champlain. It will be a virgin voyage for the musicians.

"We're very excited," Lim said. "We passed by the lake on the way here, so it will be beautiful."

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IF YOU GO WHAT: The Allant Trio. WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday. WHERE: United Methodist Church, Route 3, Saranac. ADMISSION: Free. PHONE: 293-7613.


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