This weekend ISO concertmaster Zach De Pue will stand on stage at the ISO, look to either side at Nick Kendall and Nikki Chooi and Ranaan Meyer for the first note cue — for the last time.
"I am playing one of the solo parts in that sort of as my last hurrah with Time For Three," says De Pue.
De Pue was one-third of the internationally recognized string trio Time for Three — that is until he went through an evolution last year.
"Emotionally it hit me January 2015, when right after New Years and everything I had to pack my bag and go on the road with them to some area that I was not excited about going to," says De Pue. "And I did not want to pack my bag, and I just didn't want to leave my apartment ... it took all of my energy just to pack the stupid bag. And I was like, 'this is a problem.'"
There was a show later that month where he was double booked between the ISO as concertmaster and Time for Three. They had a substitute fill in for him and it went well. De Pue took it as his cue to exit the stage.
He compared it to the movie Jerry Maguire
"I was leaving the big company to go with the non-profit to do something amazing that I think is right," says De Pue. "I feel like what I am doing for the symphony, what I am doing as a musician, I am doing something right for the community."
INfusion Music Fest, Ben Folds and Time for Three
Zach De Pue's final performance with Time for Three on Thursday. De Pue will focus his time on classical arrangements in his role as concertmaster with the ISO. De Pue joined Time for Three throughout the weekend at INfusion and with Ben Folds.
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That connection to people and place is what has kept De Pue's roots in Indy for so long.
"This orchestra has become like a family to me," says De Pue." We have young players ... We have 25-year-olds in the orchestra, and I feel a responsibility to them as artists and to the music that we all studied to share that with the Indianapolis community.
"I think that there is a huge support still in this city," says de Pue. "Well let's first look at an endowment that is supporting a symphony orchestra and a symphony orchestra is placed right in the center of the circle, in the center of town."
Looking back he can see exactly the purpose that Time for Three served for each member when they first began. He wanted to focus on chambers, Kendall on a space that allowed him to be a soloist, and Meyer on playing with an orchestra.
"Time for Three was a group that in my twenties and early thirties we were knocking down doors and barriers in our minds, and doing that through classical music," says De Pue. "Just for me as a human being, I have gotten to an age where I have wanted to protect the great art form that exists and balance it. I love classical music; it was my first love and passion. It's what I dreamed of doing as a 15-year-old...
"I think Time for Three was an amazing vehicle for each one of us," says De Pue. "Them still being on that vehicle doesn't say anything more or less for them, and my not being on it doesn't say anything about me other than artistic tastes change, lifestyles change."
De Pue plans to focus his time on reconnecting to great classical works in his role as concertmaster.
"Honestly I am kind of tired of playing Katie Perry's "Firework" with Stravinsky's "Firebird"," says De Pue. "I just wanted to play Stravinsky's "Firebird" because as much respect as I have to show Katie Perry for her artistry and everything that she does in today's world, Stravinsky's "Firebird" suite is an unbelievable classic... that I have been playing since I was 12. I would much rather just play his tune."
"My whole life has been revolving around trying to get people to hear great music along with music that they love, says De Pue.
"I am going to miss them," says De Pue. "I am going to miss the whole thing. There was a freedom and a fun vibe to it ... my musical career with Time for Three let me be as outgoing with my violin as I let myself."