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Playing Playfully on WFMT’s Impromptu

Trio

Wednesday at 3:00 pm


The seriousness with which the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio performs Shostakovich or Ravel belies the fun and laughter they’re sharing when they work together. Make no mistake, they can play, but one gets the sense they’re modeling both meanings of the word. A notion which seems to spill into other aspects of their lives.

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Pianist Michael Brown

Cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist Michael Brown have a YouTube comedy series called Conversations with Nick Canellakis (reminiscent of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis), in which the two of them interview different classical performers. In fact the character of Mr. Canellakis, as played by Mr. Canellakis, is a terrible interviewer. He and Mr. Brown are irreverent and do random things on camera, which is all part of the comedy. Guest artists who have good-naturedly submitted to these gag interviews have included conductor Osmo Vänskä, pianists Yuja Wang and Leon Fleischer, and the Emerson Quartet.

All members of the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio are lively tweeters. Violinist Elena Urioste offers the chronicle of a twenty-something’s life on the road as a classical musician. Already, she has been a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, playing last summer with the orchestra at Morton Arboretum concerts.

The Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio will perform on Ravinia’s Rising Stars series on November 1 at 8:30 pm. This is a return visit for them. They were fellows at Ravinia’s summer conservatory in 2009.

Cellist Nicholas Canellakis

Cellist Nicholas Canellakis

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Violinist Elena Urioste and pianist Michael Brown

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