Featuring Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Zach De Pue, violinist Nicolas Kendall and bassist Ranaan Meyer, Time for Three is described as the world's first classically trained "garage band."
The trio defies traditional classification, performing music from Bach to Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake. The group has performed at venues from Carnegie Hall to jazz clubs, European festivals to NFL games and the Indy 500.
What started as a trio of musicians playing together for fun while students at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute for Music evolved into Time for Three, or Tf3 for short -- a charismatic ensemble with a reputation for limitless enthusiasm and no musical boundaries.
In terms of their philosophy about music, the trio chooses not to discriminate against music of any kind. If they like it, they play it.
"We're trying to reach out to an audience broader than the traditional classical music audience," they say. "We actively include jazz, bluegrass, pop and other genres in our concerts."
De Pue and Kendall first discovered their mutual love of fiddling in the country western and bluegrass styles. Then bassist Ranaan Meyer introduced them to his deep roots in jazz and improvisation. After considerable experimentation, the three officially formed Tf3.
The ensemble gained instant attention in July 2003 during a lightning-induced power failure at Philadelphia's Mann Center.
While technicians attempted to restore onstage lighting, Meyer and De Pue, who were both performing as members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, obliged with an impromptu all-acoustic jam session (in the dark!). And as the saying goes, "the rest is history."
For Monday's concert, the trio will select from a playlist of more than 30 pieces, including works as diverse as J.S. Bach's "Chaconne in Winter" to The Beatles' timeless rock ballad "Black Bird" and Johannes Brahms' "Hungarian Dance No. 5" to Charlie Rouse's bluegrass "Orange Blossom Special," Katy Perry's "Firework" and Kanye West's "Stronger."
Tickets to Monday's concert are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the performance.
However, anyone wanting to attend a Guest Artist Series event, who cannot afford to pay full ticket price, can also take advantage of the pay-what-you-can option. Admission to School of Music events is free to all students, seniors and children, as long as tickets are available.
For additional information or assistance, persons may contact the Green Center, 658-4827. Tickets may be purchased at the GCPA box office, 605 S. College Ave., or online at www.depauw.edu/music/tickets.