Merling Trio in concert Monday

Published 11:00 pm Friday, January 25, 2013

The Troy Arts Council and the Troy University College of Communication and Fine Arts will present the Merling Trio in concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the campus of Troy University.

Dr. Bill Denison, TAC president, said the Merling Trio has been hailed as a brilliantly distinguished group endowed with remarkable gifts of communication, magnificent precision and impeccable blend of sound.

The trio was founded in 1988 and made its New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1993. The trio was named a finalist in the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award in 1994.

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The Merling Trio has performed throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Recent trio performances include concerts at S. John’s Smith Square in London, the Bush Presidential Library complex in College Station, Texas and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.

“We are extremely pleased to bring the Merling Trio to Troy,” Denison said. “The trio is recognized as one of today’s premier ensembles. It is a truly international trio with musicians of Polish, Japanese and Dutch backgrounds.

The trio has released a number of critically-acclaimed recordings. “The Cleveland Plain Dealer” said that the players shaped a grand interpretation, fluent in rhythm and rich in romantic feeling.

Denison quoted the “Grand Rapids Press” in saying that the trio delivered a standard of playing that is on par with some of the best known violin-cello-piano teams.

The Merling Trio takes its name from the Danish violin maker, Paul Merling and honors Merling with extraordinary sensitivity in its playing.

The program includes the works of Haydn, Brahms/Hermann, Piazzola, Dvorak and Vivaldi.

Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door.

This performance is made possible with the assistance of the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.