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‘The Runaway Bunny’

Lynbrook’s Jeffrey Biegel to record with Trio21, Catherine Zeta-Jones, other stars


In 2010, Lynbrook resident and world-renowned pianist created the ensemble Trio21, with the purpose of performing and recording the best of traditional repertoire for violin, cello and piano to bring new works to audiences through public concerts and recordings.

Now renowned composer Glen Roven has invited Trio21 to record his musical adaptation of the classic story, “Runaway Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown.

“We recorded Glen’s music, which musically evokes the characters and emotions in the story, and features Catherine Zeta-Jones in her endearing narration for the recording,” said Biegel. “Trio21 is indeed honored and truly delighted to be part of this recording which will touch the hearts and souls of all ages!” said Biegel.

Along with Biegel, pictured at top left, Trio21 includes violinist Kinga Augustyn and cellist Robert DeMaine. In a short time, they have recorded “Runaway Bunny” and Kenneth Fuchs’ “Falling Trio” — based on Don DeLillo’s novel about 9/11, “Falling man” — to be released in April 2013 on the Naxos label. 

The mission of Trio21, their website states, is to establish a reputation as one of the world’s leading interpreters of the standard works for piano trio, with an added focus on works of 20th century and contemporary composers of various genres.


Tony Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones will narrate “The Runaway Bunny,” based on the best-selling children’s classic by Margaret Wise Brown with music by Glen Roven. The disc will be released from GPR Records on November 15 at www.GPRRecords.com, Amazon, and iTunes. Pre orders available early October. The recording will also feature English baritone Mark Stone singing “Goodnight, Moon,” and a special guest superstar (to be announced) narrating Poulenc’s Babar, The Elephant.

A portion of the profits will be donated to the Winward School in Westchester, a school dedicated to helping dyslexic children.