What do you do when an integral member of your critically acclaimed Claremont Trio goes on maternity leave mid-tour, with a Mill Valley Chamber Music Society performance set for January 14?

You swap in Harumi Rhodes, the founding violinist of the 2009 Naumburg Award-winning Trio Cavatina, of course. Rhodes, who completed her residency with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two and was recently appointed the newest Artist Member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, is filling in for violinist Emily Bruskin, joining cllist Julia Bruskin and pianist Andrea Lam. 

Widely regarded as one of the premiere piano trios of its generation, the Claremont Trio is acclaimed for its virtuosic and richly communicative performances. First winners of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Claremont Trio has been lauded for their “aesthetic maturity, interpretive depth and exuberance” by the Palm Beach Daily News. The Claremont Trio’s recent seasons have included engagements at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. The group formed in 1999 at the Juilliard School. Trio members are all based in Upper West Side area of Manhattan, near their namesake, Claremont Avenue.


The Jan. 14 concert program will feature “Four Andean Songs,” by Gabriela Lena Frank. A native of Berkeley, Calif., Frank has been honored with a Latin Grammy and was nominated for Grammys as both composer and pianist. Known for exploring her multicultural heritage through her compositions, Frank has traveled extensively throughout South America. Her pieces often reflect and refract her studies of Latin American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology and native musical styles into a western classical framework that is uniquely her own. In August 2017, Frank was included in the Washington Post’s list of the 35 most significant women composers in history.
The Jan. 14 program will also include Smetana: Trio Op. 15 and Beethoven: Trio Op. 97 “Archduke.”

The non-profit, all-volunteer Mill Valley Chamber Music Society was founded in 1973 to present exceptional classical musicians in Mill Valley at affordable ticket prices. For its 2017-18 season, the organization has kept a new wrinkle it unveiled last year: offering free admission for young adults 18-years old and under (audiences members 15 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult).

​The 411: The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society presents the Claremont Trio with special guest violinist Harumi Rhodes on Sunday, January 14 at 5pm at the Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave. Tix $35 for general admission, under 18 free. MORE INFO & TIX.