Nicole Marriott, Lori Shepherd, and Elizabeth Ball Crawford, who play together as the Trio de Bois, will be performing at this month’s North Salt Lake Free Sunday Concert, set for Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at North Salt Lake City Hall. The women, who also play for the Utah Wind Symphony, specialize in French Salon music from the early 20th century.
“It’s really lovely music,” said Crawford. “It’s got a lot of fun, folksy melodies.”
Salon music, which was a popular genre in Europe during the 19th century, are relatively short pieces meant to be performed at events called salons. They usually focused on virtuoso musical displays or highlighting the music’s emotional nature.
The trio formed when the women discovered a huge collection of music that had been commissioned by a French trio during the early 20th century, much of which had seemed to almost disappear.
“A lot of it wasn’t being performed or even recorded,” said Ball. “It was just such fun music that we wanted to start playing it.”
The trio is planning to have even more fun at their Oct. 9 performances, adding two more modern Spanish pieces to their usual repertoire.
The North Salt Lake Free Sunday Concerts are held the second Sunday of every month.