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Kat Trio to showcase classical music with a Russian flair
The Kat Trio will perform a violin, clarinet and piano concert at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 in Gunderson Stiles Concert Hall at the Monroe Arts Center. General admission seat tickets are available through the MAC box office, 1315 11th St., Monroe; by calling 608-325-5700 or 888-596-1249; or visiting Pictured from left is Vladislav Gorbich, Victoria Gorbich and Joseph Ross. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - Monroe Arts Center will present music by The Ekaterinburg Trio, also known as the Kat Trio, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. The performance is the first of three performances scheduled as part of the Sunday Concert Series.

The trio of Madison musicians, who play a combination of violin, clarinet and piano, will present a program of classical, inspirational and pop standard music by composers such as Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Joplin and Strauss.

The classical ensemble was formed in the summer of 1998 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Upon their graduation from Urals Mussorgsky State Conservatoire in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia, the three graduates took their love of music and the violin, clarinet, and piano arrangements to festivals and concerts throughout the Ural Mountains. That summer they received such overwhelming and encouraging audience feedback, they felt it was "their calling" to take their new impressions of classical music to an international audience.

The Kat Trio consists of Victoria Gorbich, violin; Vladislav Gorbich, clarinet; and Joseph Ross, piano. Victoria and Vladislav Gorbich are doctoral graduates of Arizona State University, and Ross is a graduate of Lawrence University and the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Bucharest, Hungary.

The Kat Trio has played more than 600 concerts throughout the U.S. Their concerts showcase Russian arrangements and transpositions of timeless melodies. The trio spends as much time as possible in the recording studio and have, to date, released 10 CDs.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students 18 years of age and younger. MAC members may attend the concert for free. Tickets may be purchased by calling MAC at 608-325-5700 or 888-596-1249; in person at the box office, 1315 11th St.; or online at www.monroeartscenter.

The event has been underwritten by corporate underwriter Colony Brands, Inc., and media underwriters Monroe Publishing, LLC, and Big Radio. Additional underwriting for this presentation has been provided by David and Julie Buchanan; Lee and Chris Knuteson; Monroe Clinic; Deb Thompson; David and Janeen Babler; Hans and Bobbie Bernet; Jan and Jackie Erlandson; and the Gunderson Stiles Fund for Classical Music, a fund of the Monroe Arts Center Foundation Endowment.