Cornwall Concert Series returns with Joe Trio

April 21, 2023
Joe Trio
Joe Trio

The Cornwall Concert Series kicks off the spring concert season on Saturday, April 22nd with a performance by the Vancouver-based Joe Trio.

Joe Trio is not your average piano trio. They don’t want to be neatly categorized, but instead strive for diversity, versatility, and more than a little humour and unpredictability. Their repertoire consists of the classics, new works by contemporary composers, and their own arrangements of popular, jazz and rock tunes. They are not afraid to mix together so many styles of music into a single piece it makes your head spin.

Saturday’s programme will include works by Bach, Shubert and the Beach Boys as well as Freddy Mercury’s iconic Bohemian Rhapsody. An audience favourite of the Trio is their arrangement of Classic TV Themes Meet the Great Composers.

More than virtuosi, the Trio’s members are fantastic performers who engage the audience in a way few classical musicians can. Amply witty, charming, and tremendously musical, Joe Trio leaves audiences with a new appreciation for classical music.

“Joe Trio are a musical delight. They are the court jesters of the classical. I love them in concert…,” said Stewart Mclean of The Vinyl Café on CBC Radio.

Since Joe Trio was formed in 1989, this classically trained violin-cello-piano threesome has presented hundreds of concerts throughout Canada and the United States – ten provinces, one territory, and thirty-six states so far. They’ve played everywhere from Whitehorse to Corpus Christi, and from Sacramento to St. John’s, and even in Ely, Nevada. Joe has been heard on National Public Radio in the United States, RTE Lyric FM in Ireland, and on many CBC Radio shows including the old Morningside show, Disc Drive, The Music Room, West Coast Performance, and Quirks and Quarks.

They recorded their first CD, “A Cup of Joe” in 1997, and their second album, recorded with CBC and entitled “Set ’em up, Joe” (2001), was nominated for Best Classical Performance at the West Coast Music Awards. In 2003, they joined forces with Canadian broadcaster and writer Stuart McLean when the Trio’s fiddler Cameron Wilson set the music to McLean’s “A History of Canada”, and subsequently collaborated with Stuart on a number of concerts including a broadcast on The Vinyl Café. In 2005, Joe recorded a commissioned piece called “Rooster Bob Boogie” for Ireland’s RTE Lyric FM radio. In 2008, the trio toured the British Columbia Gulf Islands and the US Midwest and debuted their symphony show with the Victoria Symphony. In 2009 they toured the Canadian Maritimes and in 2010 performed their symphony show with the Prince George Symphony. In 2011 Joe recorded their third CD, “Cold Cuts”. That same year, violinist Cameron Wilson premiered his film noir operetta “Supernatural Noir” co-written with librettist Kico Gonzalez Risso which included Joe Trio as the house band for the production. 2011 was also the year Joe travelled to Smithers, BC to premiere another work by Cameron Wilson, “Fragile Magic” (the Salmon Symphony) which involved the trio coaching and performing in a weekend of workshops and classes with local string instrumentalists, choirs and first nations drummers. In October 2014, the trio joined forces with Stuart McLean again this time on a Vinyl Café tour of BC and Alberta. In 2017 the trio played a symphony-pops show with the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo, BC. Most recently Joe has performed in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Washington State, Utah and California.

Upcoming Concert Series shows

Concert goers can prepare for some east coast hospitality on Saturday, May 6th with JUNO and East Coast Music Award (ECMA) nominee Heather Bambrick, as the Heather Bambrick Quintet closes the Concert Series season. Heather’s concerts have been described as what happens when “Ella Fitzgerald meets Carol Burnett at a Newfoundland kitchen party.”

Ticket information

Curtain is at 8 pm and all concerts are held at Aultsville Theatre.

Single tickets ($35) for all performances may be purchased in advance (cash or cheque) at TD Canada Trust (1 Ninth Street East), Jolly Tours (Eastcourt Mall), The Squire Shop (113 Pitt Street) and the City of Cornwall Box office locations – Cornwall Aquatic Centre (100 Water Street East, open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) and Benson Centre (800 Seventh Street West, open Monday to Friday, 7 am to 9 pm).

Single tickets may also be purchased at the box office on the evening of the performance subject to availability.

Additional information

For further information on the Cornwall Concert Series, please visit the Cornwall Concert Series website.


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