'Time for Three' entertained a near-capacity crowd recently at theWichita Falls Symphony orchestra concert sponsored by Dianne and Mark Prothro at Memorial Auditorium with a delightful blend of classical, country western, pop and bluegrass styles of music. The group of three world-class musicians demonstrated to the appreciative crowd that they are not intimidated by any musical boundaries.
Several have said groups like Time for Three are the future of symphonies. Attendance has been better at the Wichita Falls Symphony both times this group as appeared. The many fans of Time for Three will have the chance to see them in Dallas in May. Those interested in dates and times may check their website.
And their efforts were met with several standing ovations and repeated thunderous applause. Flourishing their bows with lightning speed across their violins, Zachary De Pue and Nicolas Kendall repeatedly brought the crowd to its feet with brilliant renditions of songs ranging all the way from those composed by the Beatles to some written by Johannes Bach. Ranaan Meyer, playing on double bass, provided an effective contrast to his partners blinding speed during their fiddle virtuosos.
The natural humor they interjected into their performance with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra only raised the entertainment level of a fascinated crowd glued to its seats. Many people were overheard to comment how exceptional the group was and that they would love to hear them perform again.
Time for Three does a brilliant rendition of the classic Eleanor Rigby and Blackbird, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Both songs were performed originally by the Beatles, but the three brilliant musicians made these hits their own with their unique interpretation.
From their outstanding interpretation of the Lennon/McCartney song they moved into the beautiful " Irish Tune from County Derry" better known as Danny Boy to most Americans.
The crowd applauded and cheered as the group plunged into its explosive version of Orange Blossom Special which is indeed special in the hands of these talented musicians.
The group did not disappoint with its original version of "The Devil Went Down To Georgia", previously made into a hit by the Charlie Daniels Band which it played as its finale. One woman in the audience said she could've sat there all night listening to the exceptional band.
The trio first met up while playing at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. Zach and Nick discoverd they shared a mutual love for fiddling in the country western and bluegrass styles. Meyer incorporated his love of jazz and improvisation and the brilliant group was born.
The group has an impeccable resume with more than a thousand engagements including performing on the Philadelphia Orchestra's Subscription series to Club Yoshi's in San Francisco. They have also had residencies at the Kennedy Center as well as performing at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany. They even performed a concert on the caircraft carrier Intrepid in New York in 2012. They have released CDs which could be purchased after their performance. Needless to say, people were lined up waitng to buy the CDs and meet the musicians with many posing for photographs with them.
This is a group well worth seeing if anyone has the opportunity.
That opportunity will occur for many in North Texas when the group appears in Dallas during the month of May.
Wichita Falls attorney Gary Southard, a season ticket subscriber to the Wichita Falls Symphony, said Time For Three was clearly the best event of the season.
"There were more people here than at any other event the symphony has had this year," he said.
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