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Last modified: Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Beaux Arts Trio documentary to play nationwide

Oct. 18, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- An Indiana University-produced documentary celebrating the legendary Beaux Arts Trio and IU Distinguished Professor of Music Menahem Pressler will air nationwide on PBS this Monday (Oct. 23).

The Beaux Arts Trio performs at a 50th anniversary concert in Auer Hall at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. From L-R: Daniel Hope, Menahem Pressler and Antonio Meneses.

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Beaux Arts at 50, produced last year by WTIU, will be televised on Monday at 10 p.m. EDT on most of the nation's PBS stations. The documentary honors the 50th anniversary of one of the world's most beloved instrumental trios, which was founded in 1955 by Pressler and continues to set the standard for excellence in chamber music performance.

In the hour-long documentary, producer Susanne Schwibs interviewed ensemble members Pressler (piano), Daniel Hope (violin) and Antonio Meneses (cello). Their comments, which are woven in with the music of a historic 50th-anniversary concert in Auer Hall at the IU Jacobs School of Music, provide enlightening insight on what is involved in creating music individually and with a group.

Because individual television markets vary, and stations will be choosing to air the documentary on either their main or digital/HD channels, those hoping to view Beaux Arts at 50 are urged to call their local PBS stations to confirm air dates and times. A soon-to-be-released double-sided DVD from PBS Home Video will include the television program, the entire concert and additional material (including an archival performance). For additional information about the documentary, go to