Ahn fire: Energetic Trio To Grace MSUM’s Stage

Locals still talk about the time the Ahn Trio played two electrifying performances of Kenji Bunch’s “Hardware Concerto” with the F-M Symphony in 2007, and the feeling is mutual. The talented sister trio cherish the experience with fond memories.

Now, a decade later, the trio is excited return to Fargo-Moorhead for their own concert March 2 on Gaede Stage in MSUM’s Roland Dille Center for the Arts.

Born in Seoul, South Korea and educated at Julliard, the Ahn sisters — Angella (violin), Lucia (piano) and Maria (cello) — have performed concerts in all 50 states and more than 30 countries, bringing new energy and excitement to the chamber music world. The sisters enjoy interacting with audience members of all ages and welcome new concertgoers.

“Whatever they play, it will be exciting, interesting and unusual,” said Rebecca Sundet-Schoenwald, managing director of the Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series.

Since a sell-out is practically guaranteed, Sundet-Schoenwald advises attendees to “get your tickets early.”

Trio member and violinist Angella Ahn said the program at MSUM will include tributes to artists lost in 2016 (like Prince and David Bowie), songs from their most recent album “Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac” and other musical highlights from the Ahn Trio’s last 10 years.

“It’s a whole mix of music that’s specific to us,” Ahn said. “Every single song or piece has a personal connection or memory attached to it.” For example, their album “Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac” — which was No. 8 on the Billboard Charts for 26 weeks in the classical album category — is dedicated to their nephew, Blue.

The trio often collaborates with other artists of various art forms to create integrated experiences for their audiences, but the concert at MSUM will consist solely of the trio, allowing for a more intimate experience.

Photo courtesy of the Ahn Trio.

The Ahns have also been featured outside the musical world, gracing the covers of Time Magazine and the pages of Vogue, GQ, People Magazine and Glamour Magazine and making appearances in advertising campaigns for brands like Gap, Anne Klein and the Body Shop.

When the trio isn’t traveling around the world spreading their passion for music, the Ahns spend their time passing on their knowledge in different ways.

Angella is a professor of violin and viola at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana; Lucia has a private studio; and Maria heads the string department and teaches cello at the Harlem School of the Arts in New York City.

If time allows during their travels around the country, the trio teaches master classes and workshops to young musicians. “If we can do it, we have to do it,” Angella said. “It’s fun for us because young kids don’t have preconceived conceptions about us or musicians in general. They’re always open-minded.”

The trio arrives in Fargo-Moorhead two days prior to the concert to perform for the middle school orchestra students at Horizon Middle School and conduct a master class for student string quartets affiliated with the F-M Area Youth Symphonies.

The master class takes place at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in Fox Recital Hall, located in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. The class is free and open to the public.

No matter where they perform, the Ahn Trio’s goal is to provide a memorable musical experience while connecting with their audiences on a personal level in a fun, casual atmosphere.

“I think our audiences love that we’re very serious, trained musicians yet we play music that everyone can grab onto,” Angella said. “There’s always something for everyone!”

If You Go

What: The Ahn Trio

When: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2

Where: Gaede Stage in MSUM’s Roland Dille Center for the Arts

Tickets: $28 for adults, $24 for seniors, $12 for students. Free for MSUM students with I.D. To purchase tickets, visit www.mnstate.edu/perform or call 218-477- 2271.

This article is part of a content partnership with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and originally appeared in the Monday, February 27 2016, issue of the paper.

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