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Concert series opens with Merling Trio

Oct. 11, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- The opening act of the 2012-2013 Lawrence County Concert Series will bring a true international flavor to Ironton.

The Merling Trio, which is the current trio-in-residence at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Ohio University Southern Riffe Center Mains Rotunda. The cost is $10 at the door, or you may purchase season tickets for all six shows in the Ironton Council for the Arts concert series. Admission is free for Ohio University students with their student identification.

The Merling Trio is made up of Renata Artman Knific on violin, Bruce Uchimura on cello and Susan Wiersma Uchimura on piano. The musicians bring together Polish, Japanese, and Dutch backgrounds to create "an impeccable blend of sound," according to a press release.

The Merling Trio has given numerous recitals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Members of the Trio have performed with orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and the South Carolina Philharmonic, under the baton of such notable conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, and Christoph Eschenbach. Recent trio performances include concerts for the Lagerstrom Concerts Series at Caltech, the Texas Friends of Chamber Music Series, the Jewel Box Series in Chicago, the Charleston Chamber Music Society, Merkin Hall, and the Antioch College Professional Piano Series.

Several contemporary composers have written works for the Merling Trio.

In residence at the School of Music at Western Michigan University, members of the trio have also been faculty members at the Schlern International Music Festival and the ENCORE School for Strings. Renowned educators, their students hold positions in major orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the world, according to the press release. Festival appearances include the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Pensacola Summer Music Festival, the Skaneateles Festival, the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, and the Fontana Festival of Art and Music.

The Merling Trio has released a number of critically-acclaimed recordings. Their first CD, a collaboration with conductor Dennis Russell Davies, featured works of C. Curtis-Smith and was released by Albany Records in 1995. Their most recent recording, "postcards in e", features works of Shostakovich and Dvorak, and was issued on the MSR Classics label in 2009 to rave reviews.

The Merling Trio takes its name from the Danish violin maker, Paul Merling. Currently, Mr. Uchimura performs on an Enrico Marchetti cello, made in Turin, Italy, in 1899. Ms. Knific's violin, fashioned by Vincenzo Postiglione in Naples, Italy, dates from 1898.

For more information, visit www.merlingtrio.com, or www.southern.ohiou.edu/irontonarts.