Time for Three

Three former Curtis students have been winning over audiences with their chemistry, virtuosity, and ability to think outside the classical music box for over a decade. Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall play violin; Ranaan Meyer plays double bass. Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon composed Concerto 4-3 with "Time for Three" (tf3) in mind.  WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston spoke with Meyer last November when the trio was in Utah to perform at a benefit for the Utah Symphony.

You read the headline correctly. "Grassical." It's a combination of bluegrass and classical music, with elements of jazz, blues and rock included. The term was coined by the DePue Brothers, now performing as the DePue Brothers Band.  And they may call what they produce "grassical," but we call it serious fun!

Three former Curtis students have been winning over audiences with their chemistry, virtuosity, and ability to think outside the classical music box for over a decade. Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall play violin; Ranaan Meyer plays double bass. Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon composed Concerto 4-3 with "Time for Three" (tf3) in mind.  WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston spoke with Meyer recently while the trio was in Utah to perform at a benefit for the Utah Symphony.

Pigeonholing the classically trained string trio Time for Three isn't easy, but that's also a blessing. The musicians — violinists Zachary De Pue and Nick Kendall with double bassist Ranaan Meyer — say they love a kaleidoscopic spectrum of music. "If we like it, we play it" is their motto.

Time For Three: The Philadelphia-Based String Trio

P – Zach De Pue, one of Time For Three's violinists, discusses the group's musical evolution.

Jim Cotter speaks with Frank Chaves, Artistic Director of River North Chicago Dance Company. The company is performing in Philadelphia this week as part of a tour celebrating its 20th anniversary season.

David Patrick Stearns reviews the latest recording by the trio Time for Three, and speaks with the group.

In the second part of a companion series to a new book called Wicked Philadelphia, Tom Keels tells the story of the 19th-century occultist George Lippard.

Time for Three and composer Jennifer Higdon

Jan 19, 2008

Jill welcomes the crossover trio Time for Three and composer Jennifer Higdon. Time for Three recently performed the premier of Higdon's Concerto 4-3 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The orchestra is also slated to perform another of Higdon's works, The Singing Rooms, for violin, chorus, and orchestra with violinist Jennifer Koh.

The Philadelphia Orchestra: Leonard Bernstein Festival

Jan 12, 2008

Jim Cotter speaks with Jennifer Higdon.  The Philadelphia Orchestra and Time for Three premier her Concerto 4-3 this week. It's part of the orchestra's Leonard Bernstein Festival.

Also, Susan Lewis looks at the life and legend of the great American composer, conductor, and educator.

Jason Peifer talks to the organizers of the annual One Book, One Philadelphia program.

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A conversation with Time for 3 and the 19th century African American composer Francis "Frank" Johnson. 

Susan Lewis: West Chester University's Poetry Center. 

We go on a search for ancient Egyptian artifacts in Philadelphia. 

Jason Peifer examines the role of the lighting designer in theater.