The Milou Trio, featuring Bay Area musicians David Michael Goldblatt (cello), Diane Nicholeris (violin), and Gwendolyn Mok (piano), will grace the Ukiah area on Sunday, January 29, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in a fundraiser for the Ukiah Symphony Orchestra. On the program are Maurice Ravel's Piano Trio in A Minor and Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Trio in E Minor. Written in 1914 and 1944 respectively, both pieces are powerful responses to the individual and collective tragedies of war.
An accomplished musician, Gwendolyn Mok formed the Milou Trio with her friends and San Francisco Symphony performers David Goldblatt and Diane Nicholeris in order to play chamber music pieces. She states that "being a musician is a very powerful profession for me" because musicians are able to channel emotions in a universal language that may otherwise feel inexpressible.
Tickets for the Milou Trio concert are available at ukiahsymphony.org and at Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah. Prices are $30 for adults and $5 for students with ASB card and those under 18. All funds raised benefit the Ukiah Symphony. For further information please call the Ukiah Symphony hotline at 707 462-0236.
The First Presbyterian Church is at 514 W. Church Street, corner of Perkins and Dora, in Ukiah.