The Curry Coastal Pilot

CRESCENT CITY andndash; Renowned for their connection with audiences worldwide, international piano trio Intersection performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St.

Violinist Laura Frautschi, cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper and pianist John Novacek, and their group Intersection was formed in 1998. The group's recordings have been best-sellers in Asia and have topped the classical and crossover charts. In Japan, album sales have been well in excess of 100,000. In addition to their best-selling CDs, Intersection has released more than half a dozen DVDs.

An essential component of their concert activity has been their guest appearances, often televised, with major orchestras such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Osaka Symphony, the Yomiuri Orchestra, and the Tokyo Philharmonic. In addition to Asia, the group has toured Europe and the U.S.

Frautschi regularly performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Asia, and collaborates frequently with living composers. She has given world premieres of violin concerti by leading American composers Lee Hyla and Augusta Read Thomas. In addition, she is a concertmaster of the New York City Opera Orchestra and has toured internationally as a concertmaster of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Frautschi studied applied mathematics at Harvard College and violin performance with Robert Mann at The Juilliard School.

Reiko Cooper has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. An enthusiast of contemporary music, Kristina has premiered many works and is also a chamber musician. She studied with Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School. She plays on a 1786 William Forster cello.

Grammy nominated pianist John Novacek regularly tours the Americas, Europe, and Asia as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. He has played with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Emmanuel Pahud, Truls Mork, Julius Baker, and Leila Josefowicz. He's given numerous world premieres and worked closely with composers John Adams, George Rochberg, John Williams, John Harbison, Sebastian Currier, and John Zorn. Novacek studied piano with Peter Serkin, Bruce Sutherland and Jakob Gimpel.

Tuesday night's concert will include pieces by Bizet, Debussy, De Falla, Mendelssohn, Gershwin, and Henry Mancini.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 541-469-3390 or 707-465-6572.