Merz Trio heads back to Avaloch farm for another week in the beautiful New Hampshire countryside. On this year's agenda: workshopping Macbeth, community outreach, learning season repertoire, and feeling seriously inspired by our many amazing and diverse fellow ensembles in residence.
Merz Trio heads to Snape Maltings on the coast of Suffolk, England to perform and explore new approaches to their art with an eminent group of mentors and colleagues including Alasdair Tait, Isabel Charisius, Mark Steinberg, and Donald and Vivian Weilerstein.
Concerts: Friday - Sunday, October 19-21
We're thrilled to be returning to Aldeburgh for a spring residency to workshop new projects, work with some amazing new mentors, and present two concerts for the local community.
Finishing up the summer in beautiful Port Townsend, Washington, Merz Trio spends two weeks rehearsing and performing as fellowship artists for the 2018 Olympic Chamber Music Festival (Julio Elizalde, artistic director).
Performances to include:
Brahms, Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
Dvorak, Piano Quartet No. 1 in D Major
Suk, Elegio in D-flat Major, Op. 23
Kapustin, Divertissement in Four Movements, Op. 126: I. Allegro
Schubert, Rondo in A Major for Piano Four-Hands, D. 951
Schubert, Die Forelle, D. 550
Dvorak, String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48
Stravinsky, Suite from Soldier's Tale
Chosen as one of only eight piano trios from around the world, Merz Trio heads to Melbourne, Australia, to compete for the grand prize at the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.
In Melbourne, Musica Viva will present Merz Trio in two recitals -- stay tuned for more details!
Merz Trio heads to Ann Arbor, MI as one of six semi-finalists in their category selected to compete for the prestigious M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition.
All rounds of M-Prize will be livestreamed by Detroit Public Television.
Merz Trio competes as one of just five chamber ensembles selected as finalists for the Chesapeake International Chamber Competition.
Open to the public, tickets $12, students free.
Avalon Theatre, Easton, Maryland
Merz Trio joins forces with four star Chef David Bouley.
For “Radical Innovators,” Merz Trio will perform a program of innovative masterpieces of Beethoven and Schumann, interspersed with excerpts from Austrian composer Johannes Maria Staud’s “Ten Miniatures” (2007). The program explores shared traits of playful humor, bold drama, and powerful emotion between the old and new works.
A member of the Bouley Culinary Team will then discuss the culinary arts and present guests with a multi-course meal inspired by art and music.
The evening will begin with a 30 minute reception featuring passed canapés. Guests will then enjoy Merz Trio’s concert and Chef David Bouley’s menu accompanied by a complementary wine program curated by Beverage Director Adrien Falcon.
Merz Trio joins forces with Tallahassee chef, Hunter Pittman, to lead an audience through a program of Haydn, Shostakovich and Schumann piano trios corresponding to crafted tasting courses and libations paired in response to the music.
Seating limited to 40, contact MerzPianoTrio@gmail.com for more details.
Merz Trio presents "Brahms - Summer, 1886," featuring three of the composer's most striking and contrasting chamber works from that year: the sweet-tempered A Major Violin Sonata, the brilliant and passionate F Major Cello Sonata, and the tempestuous, inspired C minor Piano Trio. Brahms often performed these three works together himself as set, though they are rarely programmed together today. Merz Trio recreates that historic program.
Merz Trio launches its core season programming with this walking tour through German and Austrian music, literature, and art. Works of Haydn, Schumann, and Johann Maria Staud are paired with read excerpts of W.G. Sebald and visual pieces of Kurt Schwitters as the trio explores themes of diasporic identity and reconstructed memory.
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Merz Trio drives up to Boscawen, NH for a week in September to workshop their upcoming Macbeth project for May 2018, featuring works of Haydn, Schumann, Verdi, Brahms, Shostakovich, and Charlotte Bray, interspersed with fragments of Shakespeare's text and tied together Merz Trio's own arrangements and staging work.