La Cafamore: A trio with a twist

La Cafamore Trio is bringing its "Trios With A Twist" on a Kootenay tour, including a stop in Cranbrook Oct. 9.

Left to right: Carolyn Cameron (violin)

Left to right: Carolyn Cameron (violin)

La Cafamore Trio is bringing its “Trios With A Twist” on a Kootenay tour, including a stop in Cranbrook Oct. 9.

La Cafamore has been a performing group since 2008.  Over the years, the configuration has changed, but every concert brings its challenges and rewards.

For Carolyn Cameron, this particular set of concerts has her on the piano instead of her regular position as violinist.

“People often ask which instrument I prefer”, says Cameron.

“I seem to go in phases where I prefer one or the other.  The thing about piano is that you can potentially play 10 wrong notes at a time, whereas on violin, generally there is only one.”

The group — comrpised of Carolyn Cameron (violin), Angela Snyder (violin) and  Alexis More (viola) — looks forward to another opportunity to play in Cranbrook.  “We have found our home at the Knox Presbyterian Church which has fabulous acoustics, as well as a beautiful piano” says Cameron.

The set of concerts are advertised as “Trios with a Twist” because none of the works were originally intended for La Cafamore’s violin, viola and piano combination.

“The Mozart trio was arranged for our combination with the composer’s approval, although it was originally performed with clarinet, viola and piano”,says Cameron.  The two other works on the program, Schumann’s “Fairy Tales” and Brahms’ horn trio featured clarinet and horn respectively.

“When the instrumentation changes, the whole character of the piece is changed.”

Cameron hopes that those familiar with these works in their traditional instrumentation, will take a chance on a new experience.  “Regardless of the instrument combination, the melodies of these works are incredible”.

The group will be touring the communities of Nelson, Cranbrook, Invermere, Rossland and Crawford Bay. They will be performing in Cranbrook Thursday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., at Knox Presbyterian Church.

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