The music of two forgotten classical composers will be brought back to life by the Zirna Trio at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, just north of Desert Inn Road. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of the show and can be purchased at the Winchester front desk or online at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parksregistration.
Pianist Damaris Alvarez, violinist Rebecca Sabin, and cellist Moonlight Tran will perform the compositions of Fanny Mendelssohn and Mel Bonis, and Alvarez will talk about the composer's lives and their importance. Mendelssohn was the sister of Felix Mendelssohn, raised and taught music along with him, then denied a musical career because of her gender. Yet she continued to play and compose, and Zirna Trio will perform her Trio Op.11 in D minor.
Melanie Bonis composed as Mel Bonis to disguise her gender, but she, too, has been virtually erased from memory. The French Impressionist studied with Claude Debussy, among others. The trio will perform her masterpiece, "Soir - Matin," which historian and music editor Eberhard Mayer says are "melodious and tersely formed works, at the highest compositional level."
Those interested in the Zirna Trio concert can call the Winchester Cultural Center at 702-455-7340 or visit the website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Winchester Cultural Center also can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/winchestercultural. To be added to the Winchester Cultural Center email list, contact gaffeypj@ClarkCountyNV.gov.