Classically trained, pop minded Time for Three come to the Quick

Time for Three, an energetic ensemble as comfortable with Bach and Brahms as they are with The Beatles and Justin Timberlake, take the stage at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Saturday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m.

For tickets, at $45, $40 and $35, visit quickcenter.com or call the Box Office at 203-254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. The performance is sponsored, in part, by Sheaffer and Venü magazine.

Time for Three is comprised of violinist Zachary De Pue, violinist Nicolas Kendall and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer — a trio who defy traditional classification both happily and infectiously. With an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, the American trio delves into the classics, world premieres by Pulitzer Prize winners William Bolcom and Jennifer Higdon, and a slew of originals and fresh arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk to Kanye West and Katy Perry.

Time for Three, or Tf3 for short, has performed from Carnegie Hall and the famed jazz club Yoshi’s in San Francisco to European festivals, NFL games and the Indy 500. The group’s hit YouTube bullying-prevention video “Stronger” has inspired students across the globe, eliciting features on CNN and the Huffington Post. Since 2009, Tf3 has held a hugely successful residency with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, helping to expand the orchestra’s audience with innovative outreach. The latest milestone for Tf3 was June 24, 2014, with the release of their debut on UMC, “Time for Three.” The new album, with tracks co-produced by Bon Iver’s Rob Moose, showcases not only the trio’s melody-rich string weave but also its uncommon flair for collaboration, with the group teaming with pop singer-songwriter Joshua Radin, jazz saxophone icon Branford Marsalis, Decca cello star Alisa Weilerstein and ukulele ace Jake Shimabukuro, among others.

Since Tf3 were fellow students at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music they have wowed media and fellow artists alike with their charismatic musicianship. National Public Radio said: “In person, the members of Time for Three come off as just three dudes in a band. But with their staggering technique and freewheeling genre-crossing, it’s hard not to be swept up in the force of their contagious energy.” The Wall Street Journal praised the trio’s rare blend of “spontaneity and precision,” while the Indianapolis Examiner raved, “Demonstrating their ability to deeply connect with their audience in a most interactive way, they electrified a full-house crowd.” But perhaps no one has offered a more enthusiastic appraisal than the great Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, who said: “Simply put, they’re a knockout! Three benevolent monsters — monsters of ability and technique surely. But also conveyers of an infectious joy that I find both touching and moving. I would recommend them not only for entertainment value, but also for anyone looking to see how all types of American music can develop when life and passion such as this are breathed into it.”

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