Hay River’s classical treat

Annalee Patipatanakoon on violin, Roman Borys on cello and Jamie Parker on piano make up the Gryphon Trio. Hay River will have the chance to witness this Juno Award winning classical trio on Friday, Feb. 22.
— photo courtesy of Kazuk Ishikura

As far as classical performances this year, the North has won the lottery and luckily Hay River is included in the winnings.
The two-time Juno-Award-winning Gryphon Trio will be travelling to Hay River on Feb. 22 after returning from a tour through the southern United States. They will be performing in five communities in the NWT as well as visiting schools for part of music education programs, said Marie Coderre, executive and artistic director for the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre.
The trio has introduced audiences worldwide to more than 75 new works from both well-known and emerging composers, and their recordings include masterpieces by the likes of Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Joseph Haydn.
Although the night of Feb. 22 has many performances scheduled in Hay River, Coderre said this is one not to miss.
“We are bringing pretty much the highest-profile in the classical world right now,” she said. “This is pretty close to perfection.”
The Gryphon Trio won a Juno in 2004 for Canadian Premieres, with works by leading Canadian composers and again in 2011 for recording of Beethoven piano trios. While they are visiting five communities in the North, it’s a lucky opportunity, said Coderre.
“We encourage people to come from the community as it’s a very outstanding performance,” she said. “It’s something not to miss. Many people are asking them to perform around the world.”
The show starts at Riverview Cineplex at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22.