We launch the Beethoven trio cycle with a special concert at the Hamel Music Center’s Collins Recital Hall, the first time BDDS has performed in the new state-of-the-art hall. The only one of our seven programs exclusively dedicated to the Beethoven trios, the program features Beethoven’s first- and last-published multi-movement trios. Entitled “Sow’s Ear, Silk Purse,” the program shows how Beethoven was the supreme master of turning the most banal musical elements (sow’s ears) into towering masterpieces (silk purses). We start with the Piano Trio in E-flat Major, op. 1, no. 1. This is followed by the great “Archduke” trio, the Trio in B-flat Major, op. 97, the last multi-movement trio Beethoven wrote. The concert will be preceded by an introductory talk and demonstration led by the performers, the San Francisco Piano Trio (Axel Strauss, violin; Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello; and Jeffrey Sykes, piano).