Eric Symons, guitar & composer Wendy Loder, violin & coloratura soprano Anne Lerner-Wright, cello The classical guitar is so named because the six string- guitar was developed and first performed in concert during the great classical era. In the hands of virtuosos such as Mauro Giuliani and others in Vienna, it also was a chamber instrument that performed with the finest string players of the era. The Serenata Trio will bring to life the art of the guitar string trio for SBGS in a concert of Scheidler, Giuliani, Mozart, Puccini, Delibes, de Falla, Granados, Rodrigo, and original works by Eric Symons at the Le Petit Trianon on April 20, 2013, performing works for guitar, violin and cello; guitar and cello accompanying Coloratura Soprano, and duos with Eric and cellist Anne Lerner-Wright.
Eric is not just a musician, when he plays the guitar, he is a magician! – Rocco Ruggiero, Napa Register
The ensemble gets its name from the recent album Eric and Wendy just released on the Nuvo label, “Serenata”, and in 2013, and they are proud to have Bay Area cellist and conductor Anne Learner-Wright joining the trio. “I am lucky that luthiers such as Steven Conner of Boston are making guitars that can compete with projection and volume that can be heard as a partner with the violin and cello”, remarks Symons, “…as it opens the door for the guitar to be a wonderful chamber ensemble instrument, and the possibilities are exciting!”
(an) effortless height of a voice that combined radiant power with great sureness in intonation and dynamics…she presents herself with great sureness and charming-capricious dynamics – General Anzeiger Daily, Bonn, Germany
Wendy and Eric have been appearing together in concert for some time with guitar and violin or soprano duos. Their Bay Area performances have included a well received concert for the Absolute Music Series at the Friedman Center in Santa Rosa.
Eric Symons is known as a recitalist/composer who has performed on stage internationally as a soloist performing in Spain, Mexico and the U.S. , as well as his international tours with his mentor, Maestro Angel Romero. Rocco Ruggiero of the The Napa Register says of Eric’s performance: “Eric is not just a musician, when he plays the guitar, he is a magician!”
Wendy Loder is truly unique for the Bay Area concert scene, or anywhere for that matter, as she is both a concert violinist, and acclaimed coloratura soprano. In this concert she will perform both roles, and even both violin and voice in the finale, “El Cantar de Cantantes”, written for her for the trio by Symons. She first joined the Marin Symphony at age 17 and she has appeared as a soprano soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, The East Bay Symphony and the Santa Cruz Symphony. The Bonn, Germany General Anzeiger Daily writes about Wendy from her Bonn recital: “(an) effortless height of a voice that combined radiant power with great sureness in intonation and dynamics…she presents herself with great sureness and charming-capricious dynamics.”
Anne Lerner-Wright had her master’s studies at the San Francisco Conservatory under Irene Sharp, after living in Spain studying Spanish literature and music. She is noted for chamber work on the cello, and Anne is currently conductor of the Crescendo Orchestra, and spends a good deal of her time directing innovative educational programs for youth orchestras. She and Wendy have performed together for many years as well, performing chamber recitals.
Serenata Trio audio samples
One of the program’s highlights will be the out-of-print and seldom performed “Trio Sonata” by Mauro Giuliani, the first known serious work for the guitar string trio, and it is a delightful mix of Beethoven and Rossini styles. Also look for new arrangements of operatic classics by Puccini, Delibes, De Falla and Rodrigo with the cello and guitar as the orchestra supporting Wendy Loder’s amazing voice. Also new will be haunting cello and guitar duos with such works as “Oriental” by Granados. Serenata is available on CD Baby; the album is fully downloadable on iTunes and all major digital outlets.