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News Marlboro College Presents Mozart and Brahms, December 2

MARLBORO, VT – (November 14, 2012) – Robert Merfeld, piano, Bayla Keyes and Julia Glenn, violin, and Michelle LaCourse, viola, will perform a selection of classical and contemporary music in the next concert in Marlboro College’s Music for a Sunday Afternoon series, Sunday, December 2. The concert will be at 3:00 in Ragle Hall, Serkin Center for the Performing Arts, and is free and open to the public.

The program includes Mozart’s Duo in G Major for Violin and Viola and Brahms’ Second Violin Sonata in A Major, as well as Enescu’s Impressions d’Enfance featuring projected photographic images by Finn Campman. The concert will also premier Merfeld’s Animal Miniatures for viola.

Robert Merfeld received his M.M. from The Julliard School, and is a collaborative piano lecturer at The College of Fine Arts, Boston University. He has appeared as a lecturer at the Brattleboro Music Center, the Damascus Conservatory and Dartmouth College and has taught at Brandeis University and the Julliard School. Merfeld has performed widely, including at the Aspen, Marlboro, Ravinia, Caramoor, and Olympic Music festivals.

Violinist Bayla Keyes, is associate professor of music at The College of Fine Arts, Boston University. Following her professional history with Music from Marlboro, Keyes created the Muir String Quartet and traveled internationally, achieving the Evian and Naumburg Awards and two Grand Prix du Disques. Keyes currently performs throughout America as an orchestral recitalist and soloist, and is currently a member of Boston Musica Viva, a contemporary music ensemble, and the renowned piano trio Triple Helix. Keyes is currently a board member of Chamber Music America.

Julia Glenn, violin, has performed as a soloist in the United States and China, as well as an orchestral and chamber artist throughout the Asia and Europe. She has achieved first prize in competitions of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, New England String Ensemble and Wellesley Symphony. Julia is currently a graduate student at the New England Conservatory as part of the prestigious five year Harvard-NEC dual degree program.

Violist Michelle LaCourse has performed in four continents, including the countries of Italy, Spain, Brazil, and South Korea. Her style as been described as “a miraculous blend of intense passion and artistic elegance.” LaCourse has commissioned several new pieces for viola, including “Chocolates: Music for Viola and Piano by James Grant.” LaCourse achieved Boston University’s 2009 Metcalf Cup and Prize, the university’s most prestigious honor for excellence in teaching. She is currently associate professor of music at The College of Fine Arts, Boston University, in which she also serves as chair of applied and performance studies and chair of the string department.

Finn Campman, photographer, teaches language arts & fine arts at the Hilltop Montessori School in Brattleboro, Vermont, and is artistic director of Company of Strangers, a theater company that focuses on visual theater with an inclination towards objects and puppets.

Images available upon request. For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations department at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu.

Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons in a small and close-knit learning community, create a strong framework for personal and career fulfillment and make a positive difference in the world. With two locations in southern Vermont’s Green Mountains, our undergraduate campus in the town of Marlboro and our graduate school in Brattleboro, students discover new avenues for using their skills to benefit themselves and others. Marlboro students engage in deep exploration of their interests in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, social justice, sustainability and community.

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