Friday, November 12, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Adult | $55
Student | $17.50
Youth | $7.50
Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 | Tchaikovsky
La vie en rose | Piaf/Louiguy/Mannot
Piano Trio No. 45 in E-flat Major, mvt 1 | Haydn
“Morgen!” Op. 27 No. 4 | Strauss
Hailing from opposite corners of the globe, Merz Trio’s members can only agree on two things: (1) how to pronounce the word ‘Merz’ in a faux German accent, and (2) that shopping for concert clothes should be classified as a form of torture. The Trio met in the middle of a snow storm in NYC in December 2016; hilariously – and gloriously – now spend the majority of their lives together, rehearsing, traveling and arguing: usually over music and whether Australian English is better than American English. Together, they’ve walked onto stages around the world and are humbled to have been recognized as Winners of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild and Fischoff Competitions and 2018 Chesapeake Competition.
But whether concerts or competitions, large or small, the most thrilling thing about all of these experiences is the energetic communities that have emerged from them. Merz Trio loves to be in community with others. They love talking and getting carried away – in the rehearsal room, on stage, after the concert. They understand what they do as a conversation between ourselves, the composer, their audience, and the changing world they step into each day. Their 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.
…careful layering of timbre, minute sculpting of the phrases, perfection of intonation and ensemble, and sincerity and elegance of performance…