Merz Trio, LCCMF’s 2019 Resident Ensemble, returns to OLLI for this exploration of art in Paris in 1914. The class is based on the work behind the creation of their debut recording, Paris, 1914 (release date: June 2021), featuring Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio interspersed with works of Parisian women composers of the era — Mel Bonis, Nadia Boulanger, and Lili Boulanger. Also on the album is a Josephine Baker rendition of a popular song of the time arranged by Merz Trio, a new Ravel-inspired work by Merz pianist Lee Dionne, and a selection of readings of Parisian poets and writers of the period.
Experience the Merz Trio’s unique style of creative programming, featuring listening and interactive discussion around the multiple components of the album’s works. The class will also offer a behind the scenes look into the recording process and the steps needed to seeing an album through to its release.
Merz Trio members are violinist Brigid Coleridge, cellist Julia Yang, and pianist Lee Dione. Merz won the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Competition and earned the First Prize at the prestigious 2019 Fischoff Competition as well as the First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2018 Chesapeake Competition. Merz return to OLLI after their fascinating November 2019 class and FlynnSpace performance, Those Secret Eyes, a multimedia theater piece curated and performed by them.
This is co-presentation by the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival and UVM’s OLLI and is part of OLLI’s prestigious Distinguished Speaker Series.
Individual tickets $10
Series tickets $30 for all seven lectures in the series