Marlboro College


MARLBORO, VT - (February 11, 2010) - Marlboro College's Music for a Sunday Afternoon series will present a free, open to the public concert of works by Robert Schumann in Ragle Hall at 3:00pm on Sunday, February 21.

A quartet consisting of Robert Merfeld (piano), Bayla Keyes (violin), Arianna Falk (cello) and Jayne West (soprano) will perform songs, sonatas and piano trios from the canon of 19th century composer, Robert Schumann (1810-1856), to celebrate the bicentennial of his birth.

Robert Merfeld was a founding member of the Apple Hill Chamber Players, with whom he toured nationally and internationally for over twenty years. He has participated in collaborative recitals throughout the United States with such artists as violinists Stanley Ritchie and Arnold Steinhardt and vocalists Dawn Upshaw and Lucy Shelton. He also has worked extensively with such other singers as William Sharp, William Parker, Jayne West and Jan DeGaetani.

Bayla Keyes is a founding member of Muir String Quartet, with whom she won the Evian and Naumburg Awards and played over a thousand concerts internationally. Her first professional experience was with Music from Marlboro. She is part of the music faculty at Wellesley, teaches at Boston University College of Fine Arts and founding director of the String Quartet Institute at Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Ariana Falk has appeared as soloist twice before with the Columbia Symphony, including the West Coast premiere of the E.J. Moeran Cello Concerto, and has recently appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Olympia Symphony, Miami University Symphony, Yale Bach Society Orchestra, and Banff Festival Orchestra. As cellist of the California String Quartet, she performed at the Juilliard, Great Lakes, and Deer Valley music festivals and collaborated with cellist Paul Katz. As a member of the Yale Cellos, she performed in England, France, Korea, and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and can be heard on the Naxos label on the newly-released Cello, Celli, including original works written for the ensemble by Dave Brubeck.

Jayne West has performed with many of the country's leading orchestras and chamber groups, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she has had a long-standing association with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including appearances with the orchestra both at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood. She has also performed in recital at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

For over 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, 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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