The Friends of Chamber Music presents the Merz Trio

Events: Thursday, January 13, 2022, 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 15, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Friends of Chamber Music of Troy, New York

Contact: Jennifer Laursen 919-819-2197

Friends of Chamber Music: 518-227-1746 (Please use this phone number in articles)

The Friends of Chamber Music presents the Merz Trio, recent first place winners of the prestigious Naumberg Award in Chamber Music on January 15th, 2022!

The program will feature Tchaikovsky’s elegiac Trio, “in memory of a great artist,” as well as Fauré’s Trio written near the end of the composer’s life, the program also gathers around it a community of smaller works ranging from Nicola Matteis to Édith Piaf, Alma Mahler to Irish traditional tunes, all exploring a similar question of what it means to see life through a lens, rose-colored or otherwise.

Hailed as “artists in the deepest sense of the word” (CutCommon), Merz Trio, winners of the Fischoff, Chesapeake, and Concert Artists Guild Competitions, have been lauded for their “stunning virtuosity… fresh and surprising interpretations” (Reading Eagle), and “perfection of intonation and ensemble” (Hudson Review). Merz Trio are passionately committed to reshaping the narrative of classical music through vibrantly dynamic programming and wide-ranging interdisciplinary collaboration. Their narrative programming style juxtaposes classical standards, new music, and their own arrangements of familiar and forgotten works, fluidly interwoven and guided with speaking from the Trio’s members. Their interdisciplinary collaborations include ongoing projects with dancer Caroline Copeland, Sandglass Puppet Theater, chef David Bouley, and videographer Chris Kitchen.

The events

Thursday, January 13th, 2022 @7 p.m. - Performance in Context discussion on Zoom.

Saturday, January 15th, 2022 @ 6:30 p.m. - Pre-concert Q&A at Page Hall (135 Western Avenue, Albany)

Saturday, January 15th, 2022 @ 7:30 p.m. - Live Concert at Page Hall (135 Western Avenue, Albany)

Performance in Context Zoom events are free but require registration:

Tickets for the concert (pre-concert Q&A included) are $35 dollars and can be obtained at or at the door- cash, check or credit accepted. Students are FREE with a valid student ID.

About the Merz Trio:

The Trio is equally known for more immersive integrations of music and text in performance, ranging from their recital-theater piece built around Shakespeare’s Macbeth (“Those Secret Eyes”), to their debut album interweaving Ravel’s Trio with short pieces, poems, and diaries of the era (“INK,” August, 2021). “INK” will be presented in a live concert format (“Ink Spills”) for the 2021-2022 season. Finally, in their prolific arranging, the Trio are committed to uplifting overlooked voices from history, ranging from Hildegard von Bingen to Lili and Nadia Boulanger, from Joséphine Baker to Irish folk melodies.

Merz Trio has been encouraged in their explorations by numerous institutional homes around the world: New England Conservatory, Yellow Barn, Snape Maltings, Avaloch Farm Institute, the Lake Champlain, Olympic, and Chesapeake Music Festivals, and the Fischoff Competition, alongside hundreds of welcoming venues and hosts around the US,

Australia and the UK. They are currently represented by Concert Artists Guild and make their home in Boston


“The Painted Lens”

Preludio e fantasia Nicola Matteis (1650-1715), arr. Merz Trio

Laue Sommernacht (Mild summer night, 1910) Alma Mahler (1879 - 1964), arr. Merz Trio

La vie en rose (Life in Pink, 1945) Piaf/Louiguy/Mannot, arr. Merz Trio

Moro, lasso, al mio duolo (I die, alas, in my suffering, 1611)

Carlo Gesualdo (1566 - 1623), arr. Merz


“Samradh Samradh” (“Summer Summer”) Irish Traditional, arr. Merz Trio

Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120 (1923) Gabriel Faure (1845 - 1924)

I. Allegro ma non troppo

II. Andantino

III. Allegro vivo

Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 (1882)* Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

I. Pezze elegiaco. Moderato assai -- Allegro giusto

(A) Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto

(B) Variazioni finale e coda

“Morgen!” (“Tomorrow!”), Op. 27 No. 4 (1894) Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949) arr. Merz Trio


Lee Dionne, piano

Brigid Coleridge, violin

Julia Yang, cello

About the Friends of Chamber Music of Troy, NY

Now in its 73rd season, Friends of Chamber Music of Troy, NY, Inc., is an all-volunteer

organization with a long history of presenting outstanding artists and ensembles.

Information about Friends of Chamber Music and its 2020-2021 concert series is

available at or by calling (518) 227-1746.

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