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Merz Trio (Classical)

November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Lee Dionne, piano
Brigid Coleridge, violin
Julia Yang, cello
Hailed as “artists in the deepest sense of the word” (CutCommon), the Merz
Trio, winners of the Naumburg International Chamber Music Award
Competition, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Concert Artists
Guild competition, and Chesapeake Music’s International Chamber Music
Competition for Young Professionals, has been lauded for their “stunning
virtuosity … fresh and surprising interpretations” (Reading Eagle) and
“perfection of intonation and ensemble” (Hudson Review). Seamlessly tacking
between traditional repertoire and the music of our time, the trio are
known for their vibrantly dynamic programming, wide-ranging
interdisciplinary collaboration and prolific new arrangements of works for
piano trio.
The trio is also known for their fluid and imaginative integration of music
and text in their programming, ranging from their recital-theater piece
built around Shakespeare’s Macbeth (“Those Secret Eyes”) to their recent
debut album interweaving Ravel’s Trio with short pieces, poems and diaries
of the era (“Ink,” August 2021).
At the Weis Center, the Merz Trio will bring together a series of diversely
lyrical and stunningly rich works in a program called After Vienna,
including Alma Mahler and Alban Berg: “Four Songs”; Daniel Temkin: “Five
Bagatelles”; Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8 and
Franz Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, D. 899.