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News Marlboro College presents an afternoon of French chamber music

MARLBORO, VT – (March 3, 2013) – Pianist Robert Merfeld and violinist Bayla Keyes return to Marlboro College, joined by Judith Serkin on cello, for an afternoon of classical music on Sunday, March 3, at Marlboro College. The concert will take place at 3:00pm in Ragle Hall, and is free and open to the public.

Merfeld, Keyes and Serkin will perform a selection of music by mostly French composers, including Violin Sonata no. 2 by Ravel, Violin Sonata no. 2 for Solo Violin by Ysaÿe, Piano Trio in D Minor, op. 120, by Fauré and Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, op. 35, by Prokofiev. 

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

Violinist Bayla Keyes, who received her M.M. from Yale University, 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.

A member of the Windham Ensemble, Judith Serkin is a frequent participant at the Yellow Barn and Marlboro Music festivals. Serkin began her cello studies in Puerto Rico with Marta Casals Istomin and continued with David Soyer, of the Guarneri Quartet, at the Curtis Institute of Music. She was also a student of Mischa Schneider, of the Budapest Quartet. A founding member of the Soldier Creek Music Festival in Nevada, Serkin has been a frequent participant at the Yellow Barn and Marlboro Music festivals, in Vermont, and has also been on numerous Music from Marlboro tours. She is currently a member of the Windham Ensemble and makes her home in Guilford, Vermont. 

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