Verdehrs stay plugged into new classical music
Monday, June 6 — Classical musicians are usually sneaky about playing new music. They might slip a teaspoon of it into an evening of Mozart, like a nurse sprinkling iron on an anemic widow’s porridge. Michigan State University’s Verdehr Trio (violinist Walter Verdehr, clarinetist Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and pianist Silvia Roederer) doesn’t play for anemic widows. In its 39 years, the trio has commissioned more than 200 new works for the unusual combination of violin, clarinet and piano, in about as many musical styles and flavors.