String trio Time for Three to perform Nov. 20

Oct. 28, 2009

Time for Three, an uncategorized and nationally renowned string trio, will perform Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.

Tickets for the performance will go on sale Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Luther College Box Office open 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.

Tickets may also be purchased online on or after Nov. 5 at http://www.luther.edu/programming/boxoffice/centerstage/. Tickets cost $21, $19 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth 4-18.

Time for Three comes to Luther as a part of the college’s 2009-10 Center Stage Series.

Tf3 blends classical, country western, gypsy and jazz music genres to create unique compositions. Their intricate and eclectic style makes their music difficult to categorize.

What started as friendly and informal playing by three young musicians at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute for Music later evolved into Tf3 after a lightning-induced power failure at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts prompted the friends to do an impromptu jam session.

The charismatic trio has since performed at more than 200 locations including an appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra as guest soloists. The versatility and broad appeal of the music also won them an invitation to open for K.D. Lang.

Tf3 has traveled nationwide performing their enthusiastic blend of music in places such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the 92nd Street Y in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. On Oct. 13 the trio released their third studio album “3 Fervent Travelers.”

Committed to reaching younger audiences, the trio has participated in a number of educational and outreach concerts, including Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang, which saw celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Alec Baldwin and Mikhail Baryshnikov sharing the stage.

The trio’s members are charismatic young musicians who have made a name for themselves individually: Zachary De Pue, violin, Nicholas Kendall, violin, and Ranaan Meyer, double bass.

De Pue comes from a musical family. In addition to the performing string sensation group, the De Pue Brothers, his father is a composer and professor emeritus of music composition at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

De Pue, graduated with honors from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2002 where he studied with renowned violinists Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo. In September 2007, he was appointed concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Kendall studied at the Curtis Institute with internationally renowned violinist Victor Dachenko. He has performed with Israel’s Jerusalem Symphony under conductor James Judd and as a guest artist on tour with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra.

Kendall has performed in the concert halls of Anchorage, Chapel Hill, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Louisville, San Francisco and Tokyo. He is a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra and the Dryden String Quartet.

Meyer began his musical studies at the piano at age four and switched to the double bass at age 11. He attended the Manhattan School of Music and graduated from the Curtis Institute in 2003.

He has made regular appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Meyer’s gift to create unique new works has placed him as an increasingly demanded composer. Meyer creates compositions for Tf3 as well as for other ensembles and solo bass. He is also an accomplished Jazz musician who has performed with artists such as Jane Monheight, Victor Lewis, Jason Moran, Mark O’Connor, Ari Hoenig and Duane Eubanks.

At age 19, Meyer produced, directed and performed in the very first Washington Township Jazz Festival. He has held double bass professorships at both Princeton University and University of Delaware.

To learn more about Tf3 and their members, visit their website at http://tf3.com.

Upcoming performances in the 2009-10 Center Stage Series include David Gonzalez with the Poetic License Band on Feb. 12 and the Wailin’ Jennys on Feb. 20.

To learn more about upcoming performances in the series, visit the center stage website at http://centerstage.luther.edu.