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Merz Trio

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Ticket Drawing Opens March 19th at 12pm MT

The Olivier Music Barn, 11:00 AM

Program

Humoreske

GEORGE ENESCU: Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28
Le ménétrier

ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD: Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 1
Allegro non troppo, con espressione

SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Sarcasms, Op. 17
Tempestuoso

GABRIEL FAURÉ: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120
Andantino

THELONIUS MONK: “Round Midnight,” arr. Merz Trio

BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello, Op. 72
Canto primo: Sostenuto e largamente

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8

JOHANNES BRAHMS: Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87
Allegro moderato
Andante con moto
Scherzo: Presto
Finale: Allegro giocoso


The Merz Trio has established itself at the forefront of the U.S. chamber music scene, with debuts in the 2022–23 season at Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw, Chamber Music Houston, Chamber Music Detroit, and Minnesota's Schubert Club, among others. Winners of the Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Chesapeake competitions, the members have been lauded for their “stunning virtuosity... fresh and surprising interpretations” (Reading Eagle) and “perfection of intonation and ensemble” (Hudson Review).

The Merz Trio is committed to reshaping the narrative of classical music through dynamic programming and wide-ranging interdisciplinary collaboration. The Trio is equally known for its immersive integration of music and text in performance. As prolific arrangers, the members uplift history's overlooked voices, ranging from Hildegard von Bingen to Lili and Nadia Boulanger, from Joséphine Baker to Irish folk melodies.

From Merz Trio's violinist Brigid Coleridge: "We understand what we do as a conversation between ourselves, the composer, our audience, and the changing world we step into each day. Our name, Merz, speaks to this: It’s the term coined by German artist and polymath Kurt Schwitters, who once floor-to-ceiling decorated his parents’ house in Hanover with found objects and insisted that art only occurred in shared spaces. So Merz refers to connection, to sharing, to possibility. And yes, we’re very glad Schwitters didn’t live with us."