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News MERFELD AND KEYES CLOSE MUSIC FOR A SUNDAY AFTERNOON FALL SEASON, DECEMBER 6

MARLBORO, VT- (November 30, 2009) - The Music for Sunday Afternoon fall concert series at Marlboro College concludes with a free, open to the public performance by pianist Robert Merfeld and violinist Bayla Keyes on Sunday, December 6 at 3:00 pm in Ragle Hall.

The program will feature the premier performances of two original works: Stan Charkey's Nebraska Shorts and Nelson Keyes' Violin Solo Sonata. The remainder of the program will focus on twentieth century compositions by Debussy, Ravel & Schönberg.

Marlboro College music professor Stan Charkey composed Nebraska Shorts specifically for Merfeld and Keyes, while Violin Solo Sonata is a piece composed by Bayla Keyes' father back in the 1980s when she was still a teenager. Keyes says her father, a pianist by training, taught himself to play the violin in order to create the piece.

"My father believed wholeheartedly in writing music to take advantage of the possibilities of the instrument, not to work against it or in spite of it, and this sonata takes most thorough advantage of the violin," says Keyes. "Never does one feel that the piece might just as well be played on clarinet, keyboard, or even computer."

Robert Merfeld is one of the founding members of Apple Hill Chamber Players and has performed internationally as a soloist and with orchestras and chamber music ensembles. He is on the faculties of Boston and Harvard universities and coordinates the chamber music programs at the Longy School of Music.

Bayla Keyes is a founding member of the Muir String Quartet, with whom she won the Evian and Naumburg Competitions. She is a Professor of Violin at Boston University and works with several Boston-based ensembles, including Triple Helix, Boston Musica Viva and Sonos.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. In the event of inclement weather, contact the Marlboro College Events line at 802-451-7151.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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