On March 11, 2017

Friends of St. Paul’s Elkins Park will introduce

The St. Paul’s String Trio

About the Concert

The Goldberg Variations is a work written originally for harpsichord by J.S. Bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. The Variations are named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit The Friend’s of St. Paul’s excellent annual music series which consists of everything from jazz and folk to opera and classical.

For many years, St. Paul’s Elkins Park has been a community center for experiencing great music of all kinds.

Singers who have been finalists – and who have won – the Metropolitan Opera competition have made their home here.

Classical, Jazz, Gospel, Folk – music of all genres, performed to a world-class standard – can be heard at St. Paul’s. Many visiting musicians have become members of the Friends of St. Paul’s, and have returned to give benefit concerts.

The new St. Paul’s String Trio is comprised of musicians who have performed here before, and as a string trio, now wish to make St. Paul’s their home, and want to contribute to our historic site and educational programs in an inaugural benefit concert.

It is our very great privilege to be honored by their presence and their contribution to our work, and uplifted by their great music.

About the Trio

Michael Locati, violin
Michael Locati, violin, is an active soloist and chamber musician in the Philadelphia area. He studied at the St. Louis Conservatory with Taras Gabora and at Rutgers University with Arnold Steinhardt and Michael Tree (viola). He has performed with the Tristan String Quartet, the Petra String Quartet and the Lukens Piano Trio. In addition to Michael’s musical endeavors, he and his wife are co-owners of Locati LLC which specializes in the sale of estate antiques and fine art.


Nathalie Kress, violin
Praised by the New York Times for her “splendid playing”, Philadelphian Natalie Kress, violin, has already begun a successful career as both a modern and baroque violinist; highlights of which include three summers as a Violin Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center where she received the 2012 Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize; as well as performing in Carnegie Hall as concertmaster of the New York Youth Symphony in 2010. As a baroque violinist she has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, and the International Baroque Institute of Longy working with Aisslinn Nosky, Jeanne Lamon, and Robert Mealy. She studied modern violin with Soovin Kim at Stony Brook University from 2008-2014 and baroque violin with Arthur Haas and Beth Wenstrom from 2009 to present. As a teacher Natalie maintains a devoted studio of over 30 violin students on Long Island and in Vermont, coaches the violin sections of the Long Island Youth Orchestra, and runs the violin and music programs for children at the Port Jefferson Village Center. Natalie is currently artistic director of Three Village Chamber Players, which organizes free classical concerts at numerous venues around Long Island and gives educational outreach performances in local schools.


Alison Rowe, cello
Alison Rowe an avid performer of chamber music of all eras. Her most current endeavors have been with the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, the Baroque Ensemble, and in various other chamber groups. Alison received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts in the studio of Chicago Symphony cellist Richard Hirschl. She was a member of the Civic Orchestra, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony, where she played under many conductors such as Jaap van Zweden, Cliff Colnot, and Riccardo Muti. Alison has coached with many different string quartets and has worked with solo musicians in a chamber music capacity, such as the Ying Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, Roger Chase, Desmond Hoebig, and Toby Appel.