Merz Trio strives to bring its unique, multidisciplinary programming style to a diverse range of audiences.

Each season is built around a small number of intensely workshopped, highly produced projects presented in local New York venues, with a range of satellite activities that attempt to bring as substantial a part of these projects on the road as possible.

Below are a handful of traveling sample programs based around repertoire and themes of this season.

Please click here for our updated information kit and sample programs for our 2018-2019 season.

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I. Brahms — Summer, 1886


Johannes Brahms — Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100

Johannes Brahms — Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99


Johannes Brahms — Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101


In summer of 1886 Brahms composed three of his finest chamber masterpieces: the F Major Cello Sonata, Op. 99, A Major Violin Sonata, Op. 100, and C minor Piano Trio, Op. 101. Rarely heard today as a set, Merz Trio reunites these three works in a re-creation of a historical program often performed by Brahms himself.

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ii. The Lyric Style — Beethoven and Shostakovich


Ludwig van Beethoven — 'An die Ferne Geliebte,' arr. Merz Trio for cello and piano

Ludwig van Beethoven — Piano Trio No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2


Dmitri Shostakovich — Aria from 'Lady Macbeth of Mtensk,' arr. Merz Trio for violin and piano

Dmitri Shostakovich — Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67


Merz Trio explores two of Beethoven and Shostakovich’s most lyrical trios, pairing each with vocal works by the same composers, arranged for violin or cello with piano.

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iii. Radical Innovators — Haydn, Schumann, Staud


Franz Joseph Haydn — Piano Trio in E Major, Hob. XV:28

Johannes Maria Staud — Ten Miniatures


Robert Schumann — Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110


Merz Trio brings together three works of Austro-German composers known for their sparkling wit and characterful style. Each trio yields a rare combination of playful humor, musical drama, and heartfelt expression, each a unique world unto itself.

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