Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote the first trio ever written for the lovely combination of viola, clarinet and piano. His Piano Trio in E flat major, K.498 “Kegelstatt” beautifully balances the three independent and unique voices with both elegance and grace. Much later into the 19th Century, Carl Reinecke did the same with his glorious and ever melodious Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in A major, Op. 264. The viola is also featured in this program in a duo with piano, Ernest Bloch’s moving Hebraique Suite offering some evocative reflections on the composer’s Jewish heritage.