The Friends of Music Concert Series of the First Congregational Church of Camden will present the highly regarded chamber music of the Solati Trio Sunday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 55 Elm St./Route 1.

The group will perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio in G major, Op. 121a, popularly known as “The Kakadu Variations.” This work, published only a few years before the composer’s death, is thought to be an unpublished, early composition that Beethoven revisited and revised later in life. The light-hearted tune on which the variations are based, “Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu,” is drawn from the opera “Die Schwestern von Prag,” composed in 1794 by Austrian Wenzel Müller.

The concert program also includes the Trio in F minor, Op. 65, by Antonín Dvořák; and a transcription of the “Las 4 Estaciones Portenas (The Four Seasons)” by Argentinian tango composer Ástor Piazzola.

The Solati Trio is one of New England’s preeminent chamber music performance groups. The trio’s members — Sophia Herman, violinist; Ludmilla Lifson, pianist; and Hrant Tatian, cellist — were recipients of the first prize in the Shoreline Alliance Chamber Music Competition in Guilford, Conn. The Solati Trio is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring the highest level of performance of the great works written for piano trio to the concert-going public. The group has appeared in highly acclaimed concerts all along the East Coast of the United States, and throughout Europe and Brazil. For more information, visit

A reception will follow the concert in the church’s Mayflower Room with light refreshments and an opportunity to meet and discuss the music with the group. As always, each Friends of Music concert is free and open to the public, although donations to support the concert series will be cheerfully accepted at the door. For more information, contact the church at 236-4821.

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