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On September 9, 2017 Jan Caty Marsh wrote:

I am happy to be part of your "rabid fan base"! Thank you for tonight; my 89 year friend was in tears, it was so beautiful.

On March 13, 2017 Amika Antoniades-Rao wrote:

We thoroughly enjoyed your concert yesterday at Montalvo. The journey through all those years of music was just beautiful. My son was your youngest fan there and you made his day shaking his hand as we exited. Thank you

On March 9, 2017 Veronica Breuer wrote:

Enjoyed your concert at the Fox last Sat. evening. Appreciated that the modern pieces you played were not atonal. On your website you had a concert listed for April 7th at Dinkelspiel. It said tickets would be avaiable starting March 7th. The website did not allow me to purchase them on the 7th and today it is no longer listed. I cannot imagine they are all gone. Please respond to veronica.breuer@yahoo.com Thank you.

On March 8, 2017 Cristofori Bartolomeo wrote:

Your gala was a grand slam. You really did knock it out of the park. The range of genres, the spontaneity at one moment and big picture architecture the next, humor that Haydn would have recognized, pathos that Beethoven would have recognized, rhythmic power here, melodic power there, what a roller coaster. My mother, who wasn’t at all sure why she let me talk her into driving all the way to Redwood City in the rain, let her jaw drop as you moved from work to work and contrast to contrast. She was so glad she went.

On March 8, 2017 Sirka Heppenstein wrote:

Your tenth anniversary gala was without a doubt your absolute best, finest, most elegant, most humorous, most expansive, most virtuosic, and most of all most creative and musical performance in your history. My mother ADORED it. I just loved it and relished jealously every beautiful note you guys played.

On March 7, 2017 SMT Fan wrote:

Dear Gentlemen, I attended your Gala on Saturday evening at the Fox. It was wonderful! You are wonderful. I have seen you three times. Love your Dissecting...shows. There was no program! You played some pieces that you did not identify from the stage which was especially exasperating. One piece brought tears to my eyes because it was so very beautiful. I hope in the future, you can provide a program. The chocolate was a nice touch but the apple cider was a disappointment since I expected champagne. Maybe next year. Thank you.

On March 6, 2017 Lane Toucher wrote:

We really enjoyed your gala. Your music was wonderful and how can I say this….I was able to sit back and relax and daydream some wonderful dreams….

On March 5, 2017 Solomone Wilde wrote:

Your 10th anniversary gala was exceptionally wonderful.

On March 5, 2017 Trio Fan wrote:

The gala last night was just amazing!! What a fun evening! You look like you are having such a great time up there playing for us and we smile and enjoy every minute too.

On January 27, 2017 Helen wrote:

I thought the Saint Michael Trio concert with the Peninsula Symphony was the best concert I have attended in my life. I am 79 years old.

On January 23, 2017 Saint Mike Fan wrote:

What a tremendously entertaining musical romp you guys orchestrated in Fox Theater this evening. And what a terrific start, you and Boling taking us from Rive Gauche jazz bistro to Leipzig Gewandhaus to tea dancing in Antibes, with a couple of quotations from the Marseilles tossed in for good measure. And what fun to witness the witty musical dialogue between ensemble and orchestra. The Peninsula Symphony and Saint Mike are the real deal. Congratulations on another tour de force.

On January 22, 2017 LeAnn McGinley wrote:

I have been a fan of for many years. Your concert last night with the Peninsula Symphony was "over the top." Bravo!!!

On February 1, 2016 Cindy Anderson wrote:

Loved your concert at Beth Am. Will get tickets to see you at Montalvo. Thank you for last night!

On January 31, 2016 Jerry Spector wrote:

I enjoyed your wonderful concert Sunday night At Beth Am. I am really went home and attempted to download your app from the app store. I have an iPhone 6 and the app would not open.

On January 15, 2016 Dick Franklin wrote:

I saw the Saint Michael Trio

On January 15, 2016 Derrick Gargiulo wrote:

I saw the Saint Michael Trio at Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco. I felt like it was a door opening on a world where I want in.

On January 15, 2016 DR wrote:

Just want to thank you for the lovely retreat into a blissful music adventure...your gala. What a blessing!

On January 10, 2016 Frank Winters wrote:

Listening to you makes me forgot all my troubles.

On January 9, 2016 Sam & Marilee Anderson wrote:

Bravo! A wonderful night of beautiful music at the 2016 Gala last night. You really pulled it off. Keep playing! We love it.

On January 30, 2015 Marilyn Anderson wrote:

Seven members of our family thoroughly enjoyed your concert this evening, We hope to attend other concerts and introduce other family members to your music. Thank you.

On November 16, 2014 Jeff Keimer wrote:

Thanks for the great performance at Villa Montalvo this afternoon. Here is a link to the audio book "The Life and Works of Mozart", by Jeremy Siepmsnn, I was telling you about after the show. I found it to be very well done. http://www.amazon.com/Life-Works-Mozart/dp/B00A8GS98G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416195692&sr=8-1&keywords=Life+and+works+of+Mozart

On October 5, 2014 FG wrote:

Please tell me the titles of the pieces (or catalog nos.) that were played at the recent St Mike concert performed at Menlo-Atherton. I actually went out to the lobby before the program to buy a copy of the book shown on the intro screen. The usher set me straight. Hilarious. I especially appreciated the last slide showing the 9 additional steps to make Mozart. The music, the humor, the insight will always stay with me, and have enhanced my appreciation of this music sigularity.

On October 5, 2014 Isabella Thernadier wrote:

I saw the Saint Michael Trio in Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco.

On October 4, 2014 B.M. wrote:

Your Mozart informance was luminous. Inspiring. Droll and witty. Communicated with just the right measure of background/tutorial and elegantly delivered music.

On June 16, 2014 Ali Shams wrote:

The Saint Michael Trio have a gift for creating the perfect intimate setting to complement their beautiful compositions. I feel privileged to have witnessed these three artististic intellectuals perform in person. The chemistry between the three works perfectly, with Hancock providing brief and satisfying historical lessons to guide the audience through the pieces and help visualize the overall "story" that their music creates. Thank you again for the lovely evening, your enthusiasm has reignited mine!

On April 17, 2014 Silicon Valley Local Magazine wrote:

Beethoven - Hancock ... Hancock - Beethoven ... It was hard, very hard to tell the difference. Yes, it was Russell Hancock, the day-time CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley who is also the same Russell Hancock on the piano playing together with Danel Cher (daytime doctor) and Michel Flexer (saytime software engineer) on the cello.What we heard was fabulous Beethoven music and so much more. We were taken back in time and taught what was going on them. It was truly fascinating. All 700 there loved what they heard and experiencd. The appreciative standing ovation would attest.

On April 17, 2014 BM wrote:

Your Beethoven informance: a masterpiece. A protein-rich exposition of the struggle and of the magnificence the struggle produced. The concert itself, a perfect balance and blend of the tutorial and the tonic. One becomes enveloped by the gut-grabbingly profound passages of, e.g., the second movement of his Seventh Symphony and marvels how a mere mortal - - one burdened by deafness, no less - - could produce that kind of music. Beautifully presented and performed.

On April 14, 2014 SL wrote:

My husband and I attended the Saint Michael Trio at Stanford Friday night. My husband and I absolutely enjoyed the concert and lecture and my husband, usually a very harsh critic, was much impressed. I thought about all of the lectures we hear before the SF Symphony and how boring they are and never really tell us much about the composer or the music we are about to hear. In contrast, you brought Beethoven and his music to life. I will never be able to listen to his music again without thinking of that tragic note he wrote about his inability to hear.

On February 10, 2014 Arch wrote:

Sirs: I have a masters in music from Eastman and a DMA from Stanford but never have I heard such an enthralling and engaging program as yours at Montalvo. You brought Beethoven to life! In all my training Beethoven was an academic subject. Somehow the music was missing, and the humanity. Today Beethoven lives and breathes. You made the man and his music thrilling and exciting.

On February 9, 2014 C.C. wrote:

Hi, I just heard your wonderful concert at Montalvo and was struck by something in the last movement you played. You pointed out the two themes: for want of better terms, the darker struggle and the lighter happier well-adjustedness and the way he pitted the two against each other then declined to declare a winner. What I was struck by while you played, however, was the way Beethoven brought the two opposing forces together as a unified whole at various points throughout the movement. It was masterful: struggle struggle come-together then break apart as though the "whole", though wonderful, was unsustainable. So many people have said that the mark of true artistic and scientific genius is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas at once -- and there it was! And you caught it beautifully. Thank you for another wonderful and enlightening info-concert. I love the forcefulness and excitement that you bring to the music.

On February 9, 2014 Steven McDonald wrote:

Your Beethoven concert was one of the most beautiful performances I have ever heard. You made the music so alive, and also at the same time helped me understand it better. Thank you for this very enjoyable afternoon.

On January 24, 2014 Sam & Marilee Anderson wrote:

Fantastic Gala tonight. Such a great variety of beautiful music. We are fans!!!

On October 8, 2013 PD wrote:

Fabulous, simply fabulous performance at Stanford Friday night.

On October 6, 2013 Laurence Albet wrote:

Such a great evening! Merci.

On October 6, 2013 D.C. wrote:

I enjoyed immensely the Debussy presentation/concert. You talked about the superposition of 2 and 3 beat rythms, and you joked about the moment in which you learned how to do it at the piano. Was it an "aha moment", like riding a bike w/o training wheels, or you gradually got better at it?

On October 6, 2013 Sam and Marilee Anderson wrote:

Bravo for a splendid concert Friday night in Dinkelspiel. Not only was the music wonderful, but we learned a lot at the same time. It could not have been better. Thank you so much. You are all so talented, and we appreciate the beauty of your music.

On October 6, 2013 Marilyn Bierach wrote:

We enjoyed your concert at Stanford very much and we are looking forward to attending the one in November at the Foothill Club in Saratoga. Your performance was outstanding, we loved hearing your beautiful music and enjoyed the slide show with such interesting information about Claude Debussy. Awesome evening.

On October 6, 2013 Marilyn Bierach wrote:

We enjoyed your concert at Stanford very much and we are looking forward to attending the one in November at the Foothill Club in Saratoga. Your performance was outstanding, we loved hearing your beautiful music and enjoyed the slide show with such interesting information about Claude Debussy. Awesome evening. Thank you, Marilyn

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On August 3, 2013 Austin Hallahan wrote:

Thank you Russell for an amazing evening at your home. Between yourself, Daniel & Michael, I travelled the world tonight with your beautiful music from around the world, all in your living room. I look forward to buying your albums & giving them as gifts to so many Thank you again. Austin

On June 28, 2013 BV wrote:

Have just heard your delightful Dance for Cats played on KDFC.FM. I love it!! (I'm a cat person, you see.) Would like to know where I can purchase the CD??

On January 8, 2013 DM wrote:

I thoroughly enjoyed your gala. I found your "recertification" frame for the concert hilarious and a great way to connect with the audience. We hear a lot about outreach to build an audience for classical music, but what I think is most important is "in-reach" - connecting to people in your immediate social vicinity and connecting the music to life today. Congratulations.

On January 8, 2013 CK wrote:

Bravo! Bravissimo! What an enchanting evening - truly wonderful. I'm so glad I could share in the gala celebration. And, I brought a friend who had never been to a Saint Michael concert. You now have a new groupie. She was blown away. The new composition was extraordinary. How great that you could have the composer there that evening. I'm sure he was thrilled. And the vocalist was absolutely incredible. Not sure where you found her, but the collaboration is perfect. The percussionist and the bassist too are incredible. Just a magical evening all the way around. I was thrilled to be there.

On January 7, 2013 Michael Conroy wrote:

Hello Saint Michael Boys: It's Monday but I'm still thinking about your wonderful and amazing concert Saturday night at the gala. I can't stop smiling. There was just so much to take in: the amazing singer (have her back!), and the music of the new composer. He is clearly very very talented and highly deserving of the medal you hung from his neck. What a great idea, to have Saint Michael Laureates. And then the conviviality during the reception was joyful and nobody wanted to go home. Every piece was riveting. Even the earliest baroque music, clear through the barnstorming with the jazz. But when the woman came on again to sing Over the Rainbow I lost it. What an incredibly emotional rendering of that chestnut. Long live the Saint Michael trio. Nice app too.

On January 7, 2013 Mike fan wrote:

Thank you for a marvelous concert Saturday night! Every piece was totally enjoyable and moving. I'm still grinning from it and I felt inspired to be a better person.

On January 7, 2013 Trio fan wrote:

We attended the Saint Michael Trio performance on Saturday. We had such a fun time. It was so thoroughly enjoyable and enriching.

On January 7, 2013 rn wrote:

what a fantastic evening! the programming was a delight! you guys all played so beautifully and with such spirit! hearing the divine kari kirk was amazing! she added so much with her stunning performances......

On January 6, 2013 Saint Mike Lover wrote:

What a hit last night! ... adding to the trio with bass and drums clearly caught the audience's attention, and the vocalist just took it up another notch!! She was terrific and had such a vocal range!

On January 6, 2013 Liz Brimhall wrote:

Loved the new Bunch piece!

On January 6, 2013 CLH wrote:

Last night was an evening of exquisite and beautiful music!! What a treat to enjoy Kari Kirk's stunning and angelic voice -- Kari's singing touched the hearts of us all... Such a treat -- thank you!!

On January 6, 2013 CLH wrote:

Dear Saint Michael's Trio, Last evening's performance was amazing -- Carri Kirk's singing was exquisite!!! Your music was inspiring and touched many hearts!!! Thank you for sharing your love of Music and the Arts with us here in Silicon Valley!!!

On January 6, 2013 Carol wrote:

Last night was pure bliss. The selection of "literature" from classical chamber music to Stevie Wonder amazed. Kerry Kirk was utterly awe-inspiring - Edith Piaf and Judy Garland would want to claw her eyes out for outdoing them with their hits. I, too, was a weeping fool by the big finish with you all. I can't remember a more enjoyable night of live music. Thank you!!!

On January 6, 2013 Trio Fan wrote:

What a stunning program you had last evening! We sat in amazement at the wonderful variety and great delivery skills. We loved it.

On January 6, 2013 CW wrote:

I am absolutely in awe as I reflect on last nights performance at the Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. The proud mayor, and the glorious Keri were great little punches and the composer's award was brilliant. When you played the new Wilson piece with the hand claps, two random children seated quite apart from one another began clapping with their hands in the air. Ohhhh so adorable. The music carried me away. It lulled me, challenged me and inspired me.

On January 6, 2013 Sean Mulligan wrote:

I had the fortune of attending last night's concert in Mountain Viiew. It was my first observance of the Saint Michael Trio. And it was a pure delight. The music was moving and transcending, especially as it moved from soft, gentle tones to explosive tempo in the original pieces. The music was played with heart, soul and feeling and that is precisely how the music moved through me as I listened in the upper balcony. Kari Kirk provided an angelic voice , which along with the music, left tears in my eyes, especially during the haunting rhythms of "Over the Rainbow." A beautiful concert from musicians who not only play their instruments but who are one with them. Thank you Saint Michael Trio for such a rewarding experience.

On January 6, 2013 D. N. wrote:

Dear Saint Mike: I wanted you to know how much we enjoyed the concert at the Center for Performing Arts tonight. I'm amazed at the talented and tonight, beautiful rabbits you continue to pull out of your magical hat. Kari's voice and her wonderful vocal lilt and impressions she adds so fits the quality of the Trio! The last number literally left me eye-watering in its beauty. Thanks so much.

On January 6, 2013 J. S. wrote:

Such a smash hit at the gala tonight! Where on earth did you find Kari Kirk? She was sensational. The mayor! The composer! You just kept pulling tricks out of the hat. I loved every minute of it, but especially the fantastic music.

On January 6, 2013 Rhea Silverstein wrote:

Saint Michael Trio, your music is the music I expect to hear in heaven!

On January 6, 2013 Alexander Cheung wrote:

The Saint Michael Trio's wit, culture, vim, and moxie unite for a theatrical, and dare I say educational, tour de force rarely seen in Silicon Valley.

On January 4, 2013 Sig Osterland wrote:

Does anybody there have tickets for the Gala? My kingdom for two tickets!

On January 3, 2013 Maria Erdi wrote:

Hello: I have been trying to get tickets over the last few weeks to the Jan. 5 Gala. No success. Today, I finally went to the Box office in person, to find out thatit was sold out. Would there be a possibility to buy 1 ticket in advance, becasue I cannot stand in line for an extended time. I would much appreciate a response, Maria Erdi

On December 31, 2012 Edgardo Rodriguez wrote:

Hello Amigos. I am Edgardo Rodriguez and I listen to your CD in Cristo Sandoval. It is such beautiful music!

On December 30, 2012 Seeking Tix wrote:

I'm trying to get tickets to the St. Michaels Trio gala. The website says it is sold out. Will there be rush tickets? Any standing room?

On December 29, 2012 Yet Another Trio Fan wrote:

Was riveted by your brilliant and fascinating Debussy Informance, aired from Menlo College by the Palo Alto Media Center this evening. I was glued to the TV - and was magnetized by the explanation of the three scales that Debussy used: heptatonic, pentatonic (black notes), and Oh no! I've forgotten the name of the third scale! Anyway, I am now inspired not only to read about Debussy's life and innovations, but also to listen to his piano trio on Youtube (Is the St.Michael Trio on Youtube?), and to begin learning some music theory. Infinite thanks for all your work and educating - and fun - that you bring to us.

On November 17, 2012 Trio Fan wrote:

Many, many thanks for a superb performance at The Hamilton on Wednesday! I have never seen our residents so enthusiastic and full of praise for an event. Your musicality and virtuosity, along with your incredible ability to connect with the audience are amazing.

On November 14, 2012 Carol Gilbert wrote:

Your performance at The Hamilton today was THE BEST EVER presented here! You all are not only so accomplished, but so unique. We all loved it. With gratitude, Carol Gilbert

On October 31, 2012 Greg Weibe wrote:

Your concert Friday night at Stanford was spectacular. Your mission to excite joy in chamber music took a giant leap forward. And what an enormous audience! You are setting everyone on fire. You're not like anything else around.

On October 30, 2012 Saint Mike Fan wrote:

I just want to say "wow!" Great performance at Stanford last Friday! It really was superb. Great turnout, great response, great evening. Thanks for the joy and education you give to so many of us.

On October 29, 2012 Emily Nicholson wrote:

I went to Stanford last night for a Saint Michael Trio concert - one of their incomparable "informances" on Mendelssohn. It was fabulous! My friends and I are so thrilled and enthusiastic about them. They truly are unique and SO talented. I go to many good musical performances but I'd rate them at the top of the list.

On October 26, 2012 Marilyn Metz wrote:

There you go again...!!!!! I don't know why I ever think your next concert can't possibly be any better than the last one. You outdid yourself tonight at Stanford. Your Mendelssohn "informance" was FABULOUS! Talk about the genius category... Your art has enhanced my life, Trio. Thank you, Marilyn

On October 26, 2012 Alex Cheung wrote:

by far the most illuminating chamber concert i've ever attended. and i've interned at Carnegie Hall.

On October 25, 2012 Happy Mom wrote:

Listened to "Magic Hour" from your Mood Swings CD during the drive to school--helped put my kids in a good mood after their usual morning grumpiness. Thanks Saint Mike!

On October 21, 2012 Felt Like Flying wrote:

The "French Fusion" CD of St. MIke is enough to make me wish to learn the piano, violin and cello! I might describe like retro chamber music from another era in jazz-fusion original compositions distinctly modern. Even this decription does not suffice. Warmth and energy from the sounds.

On October 21, 2012 EJ wrote:

Saint Michael Trio's music will make your spirits soar. Lively and joyful at some points, emotional and interpretative at others - their "French Fusion" CD has something for everyone. I was impressed by the wonderful musicianship of this trio!

On September 23, 2012 Leon Lowenstein wrote:

I listened to your "Mood Swings" CD today. What a pleasure. It did, as the cover properly boasted, produce a mood change. I listened as I was driving home from a tense situation but was able to focus only on your music. I knew that it would be accomplished, but it turned out to be more: a delight, a lovely and lively tapestry. You have given me pleasure.

On September 23, 2012 Saint Mike Fan wrote:

We first heard your music while channel surfing. You were on community access, and it stopped us dead in our tracks. That doesn't happen often! ("Who IS that?!") We were thrilled to hear you in person at Channing House.

On September 20, 2012 Saint Mike Enthusiast wrote:

What a gift your music is. I once listened to music of all kinds all the time, but after a long illness find I don't emotionally connect with music the same way. Your music is an exception. It is loved by all generations in our home.

On September 20, 2012 Trio Fan wrote:

We LOVE you guys! We saw you at the Channing House and are definitely hoping to be there at the Mtn View Ctr this year. I tell everyone about you because there are so many kids who have diverse interests in this area, and you are an inspiration for kids who love music and science. Plus the music is so listenable, our 11-year-old has it on the Apple TV playing all the time.

On June 6, 2012 Michael Rattauer wrote:

Your Debussy informance at Menlo College couldn't have had more perfect timing, as I had just come back from a semester's study of Debussy. I couldn't help but notice that the style of your presentation exemplified many of the aesthetic qualities of Debussy's craft. As such, I appreciated your "impression" of the man and his music not only for its faithfulness, but also for its elegance, humor, and accessibility.

On April 18, 2012 Glen Roven wrote:

I'm the composer of the RUNAWAY BUNNY. I just saw a DVD version of the concert here in NYC. What a pleasure! That must have been an AMAZING concert! I hope the audience enjoyed it as much as I did!!!

On March 19, 2012 Went to Notre Dame Concert wrote:

Thank you so much for the nourishing concert today. We so much appreciate hearing your instruments and the music in such immediate surroundings. It's a real gift to all of us who attend. We bought the "Mood Swings" disc, and we're enjoying it very much. Thank you.

On January 28, 2012 Saint Mike Lover wrote:

Your wonderful performance at Saratoga Foothill Club was outstanding! Your combination of great music, good humor, information, entertainment, talent and ability is legendary and I can't find enough superlatives to describe the pleasure you bring.

On January 27, 2012 Natalia Kimsee wrote:

Thank you for a memorable evening in Saratoga at the Foothill Club. I'm looking forward to more.

On January 24, 2012 Cindy Demers wrote:

I love St. Michael the archangel and I love your music.. How did you come up with the name? Please, please, please, could you come to Mountain Home, Arkansas to play for some wonderful homeschool teenagers? Love ya, cindy demers

On January 20, 2012 admin wrote:

I want you to know that I have felt so uplifted all week by your outstanding music. Attending your concert made me realize I need to take more time in my life to appreciate the arts and experience beauty. A few of your gorgeous selections brought me to tears -- it's so amazing what power music has to express human emotion. I really appreciate the time and effort you all invest into creating such beautiful music.

On January 20, 2012 St Mike enthusiasts wrote:

We absolutely loved your performance Saturday night at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. We heard you when you were just starting out, and we heard you at Menlo College, but we are thinking you three have moved beyond that to an extreme level. We are glad to hear you are branching out to more locations so more people can enjoy your wonderful performances. We will be able to say we knew you when! Can't wait to hear you at Stanford.

On January 11, 2012 New fan wrote:

Thank you for an inspired and outstanding performance at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, and a gracious reception following.

On January 10, 2012 DSL wrote:

A bit of the lyrics from your encore piece reminds me of an apt expression of my feelings tonight: you were all aglow...and deservedly so. Congratulations on bringing to pass a wonderful creation that teaches, elevates, and contributes....all, and yet only, for the love of it. Though they might exist, I've not heard of such a musical endeavor before. Congratulations to all of you!

On January 10, 2012 Fan in Palo Alto wrote:

That was some concert Saturday night. You really wowed us all and had us eating out of your hand! What a great coup for you 3 and all the work you've put into the trio. Thank you for making such exciting music available to us and in such a fun way. Imagine filling up the Performing Arts Center! That was amazing and wonderful. Best wishes as you continue on this remarkable journey.

On January 10, 2012 Juanita Dixon wrote:

I attended your gala fifth anniversary at the Performing Arts Center in Mountain View and it was a wonderful amazing evening, from the music (so amazing) to the lovely reception with sparkling drinks and chocoloates. It was just so lovely in every way and everybody around me was saying how much they love St Michaels trio. Even the ushers were saying how nobody sells out the hall any more and that people were all dressed to the nines and having such a nice time. They never see that. St Michaels trio has a special kind of magic.

On January 10, 2012 A S L wrote:

Dear Saint Michael Trio: I attended your five year anniversary concert, and it was marvelous. I had a great time- and enjoyed every minute of it. I bought your jazz cd, and I have been listening to it every since. You truly have a musical gift- thank you so much for sharing it with everyone and inspiring all of us!

On January 10, 2012 SMT Fan wrote:

Your concert at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts on Saturday was beyond words. BRAVO!!

On January 7, 2012 Judith Stewart wrote:

Honestly, you took the roof off tonight! Nothing more I can say. (You keep mentioning summer camps for youth. I have a candidate when you're open for business.)

On December 27, 2011 Heidi K. Rodeback wrote:

I'm completely enamored with Saint Mike's new CD. It has all my favorites, from Morten Lauridsen to . . . Led Zeppelin? "Mood Swings" is right. No longer content with mere musical expression, technical facility, and tight ensemble, the Saint Michael Trio now demonstrates its leadership by taking chamber music to a brand new audience. George Gershwin, Stevie Wonder, Sweet Georgia Brown . . . I've had the disc on continuous repeat all week. I'm adding it to the play list for my next party. A treasure!

On December 13, 2011 music lover wrote:

Saint Michael Trio's new CD is amazing. The range of different kinds of music that this group can toss out is just extraordinary. Every piece is perfect, a mix of fascinating rhythms, haunting lyrical passages, energy and feeling. The background music for Schindler's List and for Cinema Paradiso is unforgettable. I got a disc, listened to it over and over (couldn't stop), then ordered a bunch to give as Christmas gifts. I think my friends will love them.

On December 11, 2011 Janet Enright wrote:

WOW - I'm now a die-hard Saint Michael Trio fan. My sister Mimi and I just got back from the Montalvo event - first time I've heard you perform - and definitely not the last. I was enthralled. Intimate venue, inspired (who ever would have guessed they work so well together) music selection and lively educational patter. Such a fun way to learn about music. It was great to sit so close to the 'action' and feel so much a part of the wondrous synergy and elegant music making. We loved it!!! Thank you for gracing the world with your talent.

On November 28, 2011 Chris Hepp wrote:

The Saint Michael Trio is amazing and so is this new CD, "Warning--May Cause Mood Swings." The first two tracks of Georgia Brown and Cinema Paradiso sum up the playing: music that puts a spring in your step and then brings a tear to your eye. It's like that all the way through this disc. I must have listened to Cinema Paradiso alone a half-dozen times. Hiccup De Tango made me laugh out loud (really!) and I never would have thought Stevie Wonder and Led Zeppelin would sound so great for strings. This CD definitely causes mood swings and always to the best points along the emotional scale. I think this is a great selection for first-time listeners to piano trio chamber music.

On November 28, 2011 Trio patron wrote:

Saint Mike, your enthusiasm for performance and deep passion for music are beautifully captured in your new record, "Warning--May Cause Mood Swings." Playful and powerful, bound to move you.

On November 19, 2011 Jack Griswold wrote:

Hallo Rusty, Michel, and Danny! Congratulations on your release of your excellent "Warning" CD. It has many of my favorites that I so much wanted a recording of when I first heard them years ago. Thanks much! As much as I have enjoyed your Debut CD, your "Warning" CD has me reeling with joy. I simply cannot wipe the silly grin off of my face whenever I am listening to it. Such fun! I can distinctly remember Michel spinning his cello, Danny hitting the high notes, and Rusty tickling the ivories on such lively pieces. Ha! Secondly, that was quite a surprise when you gathered all of your talented helpers at St. Marks....and then allowed me to come up and share the stage with them. That was quite fun. I also really appreciate your framed signed CD gift, which I have already mounted on the wall in my den. If I helped inspire you all to get the new CD "in gear", then I will be happy to continue to do so with more donations for such a wonderful cause. It surely paid off! The three of you really have a talent for teaching many how to appreciate chamber music...along with a bit of jazz thrown in. What a gem. I truly hope you three will continue for many years to enjoy your quest to educate and entertain the public, to gather more admirers and supporters of your foundation, and to have fun doing so. Thanks again, and I'll see you once again soon. All the best, Jack

On November 18, 2011 Pat Robinson wrote:

Indeed tonight's concert WAS lovely! The varied selections showcased the range of what you offer on the CD. I have been listening to it and I really like what you have selected that will cause my mood swings to only raise! I was especially touched when you asked composer Mary Finlayson to come and join you. Her music soars with the rest of the selections you played. I know she was shyly pleased to be recognized. I have loved every Saint Michael trio concert I have attended. Thank you for brightening the world.

On November 16, 2011 May May wrote:

Saint Michael Trio is the best!

On November 14, 2011 Joan Templeton wrote:

Long live the Saint Michael Trio!

On November 14, 2011 Audience member wrote:

great music making and a good show - nice to dispense w/ opus #'s and all that apparatus.

On November 7, 2011 Deveda Littauer wrote:

Fantastic concert for our Music at Kohl Mansion donors event last night. The sound was exquisite in the Great Hall. Full of energy and fun, with fine playing. Come again. Thank you.

On November 2, 2011 Irene Matheson wrote:

Saint Michael Trio you are incredible. beautiful playing and great gab too. I heard you at Notre Dame and it was amazing.

On November 2, 2011 Darren Yepremian wrote:

We loved the Haydn "trial" on Sunday. Mr. Hancock is a natural teacher and the playing was superb. We brought guests from out of the country and they too were greatly impressed. Thank you Saint Michael Trio.

On October 12, 2011 Jurgen Urselmann wrote:

I am a big fan..have been giving out the Saint Michael Debut album as gifts for months...looking forward to the new album.

On September 22, 2011 St. Mike Enthusiast wrote:

My neighbor couldn't get over the Saint Michael Trio concert last week. We talked musically all the way home. And here's the thing: as we walked away from chatting in the lobby she asked me again for your names. When she heard, she said "I thought I recognized them." And proceeded to tell me about you guys playing in the Bing atrium at Stanford Hospital a year ago when her husband was there. She heard the music from his room and came out to listen. She said it was so beautiful --"it melted and healed, and then tore you up at the same time." Sadly, her husband passed away that very night. She felt you had played him to heaven.

On September 21, 2011 Saint Mike Fan wrote:

Friday's concert was magnificent! It was soul restoring and moved me to tears. It was just what I needed. Thank you so very much!

On September 20, 2011 Don wrote:

Thanks for a very entertaining concert last night. I would like the doctor to borrow a better fiddle for the performances. His technique is perfect. He should be playing a Stradivarius. Perhaps check ebay or Craigslist for a used Strad or Guarneri?

On September 17, 2011 Pat Blackie wrote:

We absolutely loved the Saint Michael Trio concert last night.

On September 16, 2011 Kirsten Hofer wrote:

Saint Michael Trio blew me away. Those guys are amazing. I've never had that much fun at a concert. Such variety! There was something for every one!

On July 16, 2011 Alain St Germain wrote:

Sirs: Your playing at the Triple Helix event at Stanford was most inspiring. Such interesting repertoire. Magnifique. Please bring your music to France.

On June 7, 2011 Rachel Lundstrom wrote:

Saint Michael Trio rocks. What a great idea, putting Haydn on trial like that. It was so interesting how you showed all his different contributions and then played everything. Nobody does what you guys do. You rock.

On June 4, 2011 Kelly Jeter wrote:

I saw Mr. Hancock and St Michael Trio last night at Menlo College do this very cool program "acquitting" Hadyn from peopel who think he was a lesser composer. But then I was in Oakland tonight, and there was Mr. Hancock again, only this time he was playing Rhapsody in Blue with the Oakland Symphony, the one at the Temple Hill. Baroque one night, jazzy Gershwin the next night. Mr. Hanckock how do you do that? And you are a consummate showman. It was as fun watching it as hearing it.

On June 4, 2011 Maria Walesa wrote:

Thank you for an amazing extremely informative and fun presentation about Haydn.

On June 4, 2011 Jonathan Pratt wrote:

Wow. I went to the mock "trial" Saint Michaels Trio held at Menlo College last night, defending the music of Haydn. It was amazing. I always thought Haydn was a lesser composer. People always told me "If it's beautiful and complicated it's Mozart and if it's simple and pretty it's Haydn" but they were wrong! Saint Michael helped me see that Haydn is a great composer in his own right. What Saaint Michaels does is truly amazing. These guys are the greatest.

On May 15, 2011 Bev Whidden wrote:

St Michael was amazing at Montalvo on Mothers' day. Thanks for an afternoon of pure enchantment.

On May 12, 2011 Steve Bonheim wrote:

The Saint Michael Mother's Day concert at Montalvo Arts Center was incredible! I took my wife because it was mother's day and I knew she would enjoy it, but I didn't think I would like it as much as I did! The Trio isn't like a stuffy classical music outfit. They're interesting and engaging and informative. And they got everybody sighing "Awww" when they brought their own mothers up, flown in special for the occasion. It was also amazing to hear the world premiere of the new composer, a woman who was in attendance. Her music is very appealing. I'm a new St Michael Trio fan.

On May 10, 2011 Jan wrote:

I have been telling my family about the St. Michael Trio for some time, so I brought my daughter and son-in-law to the Mother's Day Concert at Montalvo Sunday, and they enjoyed it as much as I did. I flinched when I heard the words 'modern composer' but Mary Finlayson's music was delightful - hope we hear more of her music. Thanks for another great concert and a wonderful afternoon.

On May 9, 2011 Lydia wrote:

Loved the Mother's Day concert at Montalvo yesterday. It was a great idea to focus on female composers of the past, and also perform the work of contemporary composer Mary Finlayson, who was in the audience. That was fantastic! It was fun when Russell's mom (who had come all the way from Seattle!) sat down at the piano and played a jazzy little piece with Michel and Daniel, too. Ending the concert on a light-hearted note with a re-tooled version of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely?" was an unexpected surprise. Thanks for a wonderful afternoon celebrating Moms. My mom and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

On March 23, 2011 Shelly Fessel wrote:

I saw Saint Michael's trio and they blew me away. THey play classical music and help you understand it and then they play stuff like Led Zeppelin and you can't believe they're doing it and it sounds so good. These guys are amazing.

On February 4, 2011 New listener wrote:

We thoroughly enjoyed the St. Michael's Trio. We enjoyed Russell Hancock's wit and humor and found all three of the gentlemen to be charming. Loved the choice of music--it had a little bit of everything--to please everyone.

On January 31, 2011 May Retsof wrote:

I so enjoyed hearing SMT yesterday. I have never been to a concert where I have loved every musical selection so much! I'm looking forward to the next cd-- when will it debut?

On January 28, 2011 Heard you at Saratoga Foothill Club wrote:

The concert last night was wonderful...I can't remember anything that I have enjoyed so much at the club.

On January 28, 2011 Saratoga fan wrote:

The St. Michael Trio was absolutely marvelous. I had a smile on my face the whole concert and was amazed at the quality of their music.

On January 14, 2011 Cindy Madsen wrote:

Just read your winter newsletter. The trio is doing really great things. I wish that I lived closer so that I could hear every concert. Keep up the good work. Cindy

On December 1, 2010 Matt Moench wrote:

DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO MEET THESE GUYS. Beyond their incredible talent on their respective instruments, beyond Mr. Hancock's entertainingly informative presentation, beyond the wonderful sound what I loved the most is their mission. In hopes to educate and grow appreciation for what they see as a genre of music that is largely overlooked and under-appreciated, these gentlemen combine fine chamber music with insightful and educational discussion with the goal that you'll walk away a little bit more like Mendelssohn. They inspired me to emulate the good qualities of Mendelssohn as he emulated those before him. Fabulous.

On November 21, 2010 Rachel Goldeen wrote:

Wow! What a show at Menlo College. I can't find enough superlatives. The two high school students were real finds.

On November 20, 2010 Sullivan Brady wrote:

Your concert at Menlo College was so many things: mesmerizing, surprising, uplifting. It was an evening of enchantment.

On November 20, 2010 Megan Fenkel wrote:

I cannot stop enthusing enough about the concert at Menlo College last tnight! It made me so warm and happy, and maybe the best of all was that you brought those young people on stage to play with you. THat is the most wonderful thing, that you are sharing this experience with yougn people. St. Michaels is extraordinary for so many reasons but that one might trump everything becasue you are bringing along the young people.

On November 15, 2010 Martin Lilley wrote:

Thank you again for your chamber music recital this afternoon at Ralston Hall. It was particularly good to hear the music of Brahms and Schumann in that intimate environment. As you may recall I was a little confused about the Opus No. of the Schumann Piano Quartet in E-flat Major and can now confirm that there was a slight error in your program in that the Piano Quartet movements you played are from Op. 47 and not Op.44. The Piano Quintet in the same key, E-flat Major, is Op. 44. Anyway I had a most enjoyable afternoon and look forward to the chance to hear the Saint Michael Trio performing again in the near future. Thanks, Martin Lilley

On November 14, 2010 Sonia Threet wrote:

Your concert at Notre Dame University today was beyond great. It was magnificent!

On November 14, 2010 Leonard Balkis wrote:

I was at your special "informance" program at Notre Dame University Ralston today and want to thank you veryy much for hitting me right smack in the heart. Nobody has ever opened up music like that for me before. Saint Michaels is very very special to do that, not just the playing but the talking and explaining. it was all amazing.

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On October 19, 2010 Saint Michael fan wrote:

"Mendelssohn Explained" at Villa Montalvo was terrific! I brought my wife and three young sons, and we all enjoyed the music and commentary. A great programming concept and fantastic delivery. We hope to remember this concert as one of the formative experiences toward a life-long love of classical music for my kids. I would have loved to stay to offer my congratulations after the concert, but I was so proud that my kids had stayed quiet and attentive throughout the concert, that I had to reward them with a prompt departure. Thanks for the enjoyable afternoon and we hope to attend more SMT performances in the future.

On October 18, 2010 Ed Chippen wrote:

I was privileged to be in the audience at Villa Montalvo yesterday, and it was spectacular. Saint Michael Trio brought Mendelssohn to life.

On October 9, 2010 Darian Jones wrote:

I heard the trio last night for the first time and was blown away. You guys are incredible.

On September 13, 2010 Joyce Chen wrote:

I want to thank Saint MIchael's trio for talking about the music and explaining it. You make it come to life! Concerts are boring but when I coem to Saint Michaels concerts I am riveted and its becausd you explain what's happening and show how it all works. I'm even bringing my kids to your concerts now and they didn't want to come because they knew it would be boring but now they love coming. I took music classes when I was in college and they were never this interesting. The talking part is as good as the music! (And the music is really great). Thanks Saint Michaels Trio.

On September 11, 2010 SMT Groupies wrote:

We were talking among ourselves last night and decided we want to get t-shirts that say "Saint Michael Trio" and be your groupies

On September 11, 2010 Stuart Dunnan wrote:

You boys outdid yourselves tonight. What glorious music! And it WAS complicated; but is no longer, thanks to your entertaining narrative.

On September 11, 2010 New Fan wrote:

Thanks for a delightful concert tonight. The music was excellent and your commentary made it especially enjoyable and fun--I always love the stories of the Schumanns and Brahms, they are among my favorite composers, not only for their music but for their personal romatic stories as well. You and your colleagues brought their music to life tonight!

On June 19, 2010 An Appreciator wrote:

Thank you so much for the wonderful concert. I enjoyed every piece and the diverse musical journey. Thank you for teaching us so well the sequence and impact of history and movements. So many people were singing your praises as we all marveled and felt so fortunate to be there. Thank you for so generously giving of your time, talents, and energy to teach and delight and bless others.

On June 13, 2010 Fan in Palo Alto wrote:

The concert last night was very awesome! So much talent!

On June 12, 2010 A Big Fan wrote:

yesterday I had a great pleasure to be at the concert Saint Michael Trio in Menlo College Atherton CA. I would like to say thank you for the excelent choice of music, brilliant interpretations of it and the quality time I got. You are great musicians!

On June 12, 2010 Fred Ruster wrote:

Your concert was, as usual, outstanding. Please keep me on your mailing list.

On June 12, 2010 Wade Rowlands wrote:

Your Stairway to Heaven was the best. version. EVER !!! Rock on Saint Michael Trio!

On June 12, 2010 Eva Preston wrote:

Thank you for the wonderful concert last night! I loved the trip through history and your explanation of the movements I had learned about in humanities classes in regards to art. It was so nice to add the musical dimension! And so beautifully rendered. And your performance of the last number only made all the audience love chamber music even more. It was the perfect lesson that good people are fun. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

On June 12, 2010 Sheila Farnsworth wrote:

As a card-carrying member of the St. Michael Mob, I'm back to congratulate you on another job well done! Your program tonight was a tour de force of the past 250 years, musically speaking. I loved every minute of it. Not only was it informative but so entertaining. Your sense of humor is captivating - not to mention your musical talent. What a show!!

On June 12, 2010 Francia Walden wrote:

Just wanted to thank you for a spectacular concert last night at Menlo College. I absolutely loved the choices and your playing was extraordinary.

On March 1, 2010 Jill Heusten wrote:

I attended the St. Michael Trio concert at BYU and I really, really enjoyed it! It was so great to know that the performers don't devote every single minute of their lives to music, too, that they are well-rounded. Very inspirational.

On March 1, 2010 Salt Lake Fan wrote:

Thank you for that nourishing, beautiful concert. It was a tonic for me.

On March 1, 2010 John Moorpark wrote:

Your concert at Brigham Young University was inspiring! What a show!

On March 1, 2010 Carl Vogel wrote:

Went to the concert at the Assembly Hall in Sat Lake City. Wow. What an ensemble!

On February 27, 2010 cindy madsen wrote:

What a treat your concert was at the Hinkley Building at BYU. And I really enjoyed your commentary. I learned so much. Good music is rejuvenating! Thank you all.

On February 27, 2010 c. koster wrote:

Unusually uplifting and inspiring. I feel smarter having witnessed these gifted artists. Their calculus is as smooth as an easy dish of addition. Assembly Hall, SLC UT.

On January 31, 2010 Jack Griswold wrote:

That was a most excellent bit of lively music yesterday at NDNU, particularly at such a noble venue. I have attended all of your Menlo College performances over the past few years (I'm an alumnus of the college) and have even seen you at a couple of paid performances. Needless to say, I have thoroughly enjoyed your music, you insight and explanations on musical arrangement, and all of the fun at your gatherings. My question to you is whether you have any plans on releasing another CD, perhaps one with several of your "light hearted" pieces? Don't misunderstand me please; I really enjoy your difficult, thought provoking renditions such as the Mendelssohn entourage last year and so on. I have your debut album. But I also really enjoyed your Sweet Georgia Brown, Hiccup de Tango, Claude Bolling jazz, and other such lively renderings. You play them with such flair that I find myself reminiscing, humming, and foot-tapping them out quite often. I'd really love to get many of them on a CD if possible. I think your entire approach to reviving chamber music, the school programs, and the community is simply wonderful. I can't imagine where you all find the time to do this all amongst the daily job scene, but more power to you. I truly hope you can continue with such splendor for years to come. Thanks again, and I look forward to our next rendezvous!

On January 17, 2010 Melanie Lundberg wrote:

Last night's concert was wonderful. Thank you so much for not only the music, but deepening the appreciation through the insights, notes, personal touches.

On November 23, 2009 Saint Michael Fan wrote:

The Saint Michael Trio is off the charts. Besides the incredible talent, you have jelled so beautifully as a unit. Not just three incredible musicians, but una voce. You ended the Mendelssohn year in spades. I can hardly wait to see what 2010 brings to the table!

On November 21, 2009 Phyllis Edwards wrote:

Bravo! I very much enjoyed the concert which you presented on Friday, November 20, especially the commentary which accompanied the music. I will look forward with great anticipation to hearing about The Saint Michael Trio and their performances in the future. Once again, it was a thrilling performance.

On November 21, 2009 Peggy Flanders wrote:

St Michal you guys are just amazing. THanks for making Mendelson so interesting. It's so much better than just listening to it. And the part about the Bach chorale in the last section was really moving. What a magical and educating evenign you gave us. Im' telling everybody to see St Michal

On November 21, 2009 a big fan wrote:

what amazing experience from the St Michaels Trio at Menlo College. To hear everything explained was so great. I learned more from that concert and got more inspirred than all the music history classes i took in college.

On November 21, 2009 Marilyn Metz wrote:

What a special evening of music you and the St. Michael Trio gave us! It was outstanding. I can't even begin to find the words to express my admiration and enthusiasm for the wonderful joy, intellectual stimulation and just plain FUN you brought to all of us. Thank you so much for your marvelous gift.

On November 9, 2009 Lydia Kerl wrote:

I attended your concert about Mendelson in Los Altos and was enthralled. I've never been to a music event that interesting. Thanks for all the explaining and making the composer real. I hope I can come to part 2 when you do it at Menlo College.

On November 8, 2009 Millie Neufarmer wrote:

Wow. What an awesome experience. I liked it best that they explained everything they were playing and showed us all the history and influences on the composer. It was too funny when the piano player was talking about Beethoven ("she stomped on my heart!") This was not like any concert I've ever been to.

On November 8, 2009 Gary Marley wrote:

I heard St Michael trio present the entire Mendelssohn piece in a concert at Los Altos and it was incredible. It was so much more than a concert. The music was superb but the narration in between the pieces was so informative and interesting and it made everything come alive. I never got so much out of a concert before.

On November 8, 2009 Tom Hill wrote:

Incredibly moving experience, watching and listening to the trio, upfront, and personal. Their artistry combined with an emotional interpretation of the Mendelssohn pieces made for an unforgetable evening.

On October 6, 2009 Jens Lucassen wrote:

Your Montalvo performance was sensational. I've been to performances at the Villa for years and years and yours is the one that moved me the most.

On September 20, 2009 Sven Bjarnasson wrote:

What an amazing concert!!! You guys should be playing in Carnegie Hall!

On September 20, 2009 Bruce Carpenter wrote:

St Michael was awesome tonight at Tateuchi Hall. You guys did it all! Everything from serious classical (you rocked it) to jazz to you cracked me up with the hiccup routine! Where in the world did you come up with that piece? Saint Michael Trio is amazig.

On September 13, 2009 Pejmon Sadri wrote:

What a GREAT tribute to Mendelssohn's life and works. I thoroughly enjoyed your program - as always - yet even more. The format was fantastic and a wonderful gift to someone like myself who enjoys music but knows little to nothing about its history or its making. Thank you guys so much for your generous gift(s). Pejmon Sadri

On September 13, 2009 Marilyn MacLaury wrote:

Genious! What a fantastic lecture/concert you gave this evening. I've never heard a better musical seminar than the Saint Michael Trio presented tonight. I could hardly contain myself in my seat. Thankyou many times over for sharing your great musical gifts. I don't know how the three of you have time for your day jobs.

On August 31, 2009 Dorothy Hughes wrote:

Excellent music, entertainment and performed in the most gracious manner. Thank you, thank you and thank you agan. I saw the original performance and was most impresed.

On August 10, 2009 Lynne Freiburg wrote:

My sons are studying piano and they heard your concert at Menlo College. The other day they heard you playing on the radio and they were so proud! They came running to tell me.

On August 3, 2009 busybody wrote:

I'm listening to your CD in Brazil and I love it. It is one of only five CDs I have with me right now, and it is brilliant.

On July 9, 2009 Andrew wrote:

I loved your performance last week at Jordan!!!

On July 3, 2009 wrote:

Heard you at Jordan and loved it!!!

On July 2, 2009 A person wrote:

Your concert at Jordan was great!!! I'm definitely going to see your concerts!

On July 2, 2009 wrote:

The best I've ever heard. Wonderful. Come back to Jordan to perform again!


Thank You For coming to jordan today! Your Preformance was awesome! My favorite music that you played were the jazz ones. You are the BEST music players i've ever heard! You ROCK:-) :p :D Your music was overall fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You Rock!!!

On July 1, 2009 John Shi wrote:

The Saint Michael's Trio rocked!! Thanks for coming over to Jordan Middle school to perform to us. I especially liked the Piazzolla and Scherzo. Your jazz music was outstanding. It is so awesome that you got to come to our summer school. I never knew people with other jobs other than music can play music like professional musicians!!! Special Thanks to the Trio who came to perform for us at summer school. I would love to see your concert in September. Good Luck!! YOU ROCK!!!!!!:)

On July 1, 2009 wrote:

great Job at Jordan Middle School. Thanks for coming. You were awesome. Best of luck on your next performances.

On July 1, 2009 wrote:

your the best players I ever heard! thanks for coming to jordan summer school to perform. Your awesome players. Keep it up!!!!!!!

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On June 27, 2009 Anne Marie Bowler wrote:

I listen to your CD in my car all the time! And when I have passengers with me I play it for them and they don't believe me when I tell them I've met you guys!

On June 16, 2009 Lynn Szekely wrote:

Thank you for a stunning evening of music including selections we would probably have never heard elsewhere! We all hope you have plans to do a cd of that program...but, of course, with the addition of your Sweet Georgia Brown . . . . Mega Bravos, Lynn Szekely

On June 14, 2009 Jay Pimencial wrote:

Cinema Paradiso was amazing. Will you guys PLEASE put that on your next recording?

On June 14, 2009 Jennifer Beasley wrote:

I want to thank you guys for playing Cinema Paradiso at your concert. I think that is the most beautiful piece ever. It was so gorgeous the way you played it. It was mesmerizing. I love that movie and the music is to die for. You guys really know how to play it so it brings out all the emotion. My heart thanks you.

On June 13, 2009 Karen Bradshaw wrote:

When you guys play, it's not like the music is coming out of the instruments. It's like the music is coming out of YOU!

On June 13, 2009 Marilyn Metz wrote:

CONGRATULATIONS for a fabulous concert this evening!! I'm a Piazzolla fan. The Saint Michael Trio is on the road to greatness!

On June 13, 2009 Joan Norton wrote:

Thank you for a delight-filled evening - neat selections and beautifully-blended ensemble!

On June 3, 2009 Barbara Wolfe wrote:

The evening flies by, it is such a joy to experience. I love the variety.

On May 14, 2009 Diane Appleton wrote:

We are totally enjoying our Saint Michael Trio experiences. The SMT is a treat to listen to and learn from.

On May 8, 2009 Roberta Hartkin wrote:

We heard you in concert last night at the LDS church and we were astonished beyond words. Wow.

On May 8, 2009 Justin Stuart wrote:

In a word, WOW! I am at a loss for superlatives. You guys are unreal.

On April 18, 2009 Trio Fan wrote:

I heard these guys last night for the first time and was blown out of the water. I didn't know what to expect, but I sure didn't expect to be rocked out of my socks. They seem like normal guys--and they are normal guys--but when they start playing something happens. They make you laugh, and then they turn around and plays something that makes you cry or gives you shivers. It was incredible. I love it when life brings you sweet surprises.

On April 18, 2009 Eleanor Pardee wrote:

The Saint Michael Trio is a Bay Area treasure!

On March 26, 2009 Heidi Rodeback wrote:

Can't get enough. Keep it coming!

On March 6, 2009 Amber Harrison wrote:

The Saint Michael Trio is the most fabulous group of Musicians around. How lucky we are to have such talented and generous folks sharing their talents with us!

On February 15, 2009 Happy Listener wrote:

I got talked into going to the concert last night and I didn't think I would enjoy it. Guess what? I was enthralled. This isn't boring at all. What St Michel does is quite exciting and very entertaining. Graet enegy guys. Beautiful sounds.

On February 15, 2009 Sally Lieberthal wrote:

I have never enjoyed chamber music as much as I enjoyed it last night. Your concert at the Presidio was amazing.

On February 13, 2009 Mike Nickel wrote:

I may have misspoken after the Presidio concert last night. Fred Astaire introduced "Lovely to Look At" in the film "Roberta." He sang "The Way You look Tonight" in "Swingtime." I sometimes confuse the two -- as well as other things. No confusion about how enjoyable the concert was.

On February 13, 2009 Penny Stevens wrote:

I heard you playing at the Presidio tonight and it was completely engrossing.Thank you for a wonderful evening.

On February 8, 2009 Dave Dumont wrote:

I have had the pleasant opportunity to see this wonderful trio live. They have captured the "live performance" feel on their CD. One aspect to the CD that you cannot see is that the performers sometimes play from memory! The Bay Area is certainly blessed to have such engaging artists and you certainly would enjoy their CD.

On February 8, 2009 Lisa Wilson wrote:

You guys are really great! My friend took me to your concert in Tateuchi Hall and I thought it would be boring, but it wasn't! It was amazing! When do you guys find time to practice? since you have busy careers and families and everything? We were talking out in the audience and we were trying to figure out how you manage it all. Whatever, I hope you keep playing and I'm going to be listening to your CD now.

On February 6, 2009 Nora Shumway wrote:

I was listening to you play the Mendelssohn on your CD in the car today, and it is like listening to fire! It's such an amazing piece (the C minor) and you guys are dazzling with it. I love the St Michael Trio!!!

On January 25, 2009 Hiram Z wrote:

hi Masters!! im from Mxico and i hear you on youtube, im a pianist and i play in a trio, actually we are playing the Piazzollas four seasons. And i really love your interpretation!!....and i have a question, do you give master classes? Thanks!! Sorry for my english! Hiram Z.

On December 20, 2008 Andrew Tolisbar wrote:

Do you guys play any Christmas music? Anything we can download?

On December 14, 2008 Roger Jonas wrote:

Saint Michael Trio rocks.

On December 6, 2008 Jean Schoppelmann wrote:

Hello Saint Michael Trio! I bought your CD and it's terrific. I listened to it in my car driving from here to Santa Barbara and back again. I know it backwards and forwards now! I'm going to give one to each of my kids for Christmas. It's really wonderful. Did you guys arrange Schindler's List?

On December 4, 2008 Eileen Xu wrote:

Wow! You guys are AMAZING! :]] I like the end part of that piece of piazzolla

On November 29, 2008 Jay Gardner wrote:

Dude! You guys are the best! I heard you at Menlo last week and I never new classical music could sound that great. Mega thanks!!!!

On November 28, 2008 Sinclaire H. wrote:

Saint Michael Trio! You guys are awesome! You play great stuff, and you play so well together! I love when you play the Way You Look Tonight!

On November 28, 2008 Heather Gruenfeld wrote:

What was the second piece you played last Friday? I think I heard that at my sister's wedding and it wiped me out. Are you going to record that any time soon?