Merz Trio to feature works by Beethoven, Schubert

Courtesy photoThe Merz Trio will perform Jan. 26, at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, in the first of three concerts in the 2020 Jean C. Wilson Music Series.

NEWBURYPORT – The Merz Trio will perform Jan. 26 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 Pleasant St., in the first of three concerts in the 2020 Jean C. Wilson Music Series.

The Merz Trio, formed in 2017 by pianist Lee Dionne, violinist Brigid Coleridge and cellist Julia Yang, has emerged as an award-winning ensemble, garnering the first prize and audience prize at the 2018 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition, according to a press release.

Highlights of the group’s 2018-19 season include performances in New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, a feature on London’s BBC Radio 3, and two residencies at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh, United Kingdom.

The 4 p.m. concert will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio, Op. 97, and Franz Schubert’s “Notturno,” D. 897.

The trio, based in New York City, is the Graduate Piano Trio in Residence at the New England Conservatory (2018-20).

Now in its 34th season, the Jean C. Wilson Music Series offers chamber music concerts designed to provide relief from the typical dark, cold New England winter.

These Sunday afternoon programs take place each year from January through March, featuring a wide range of professional musicians from around the U.S. Past performers include the Del Sol Quartet, the Akropolis Reed Quintet, Ensemble Chaconne and Concerto Incognito.

The series is named for one of the founders of the music series and its director for many years.

Now, under the auspices of the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist Church, the series offers three or four concerts each winter.

Suggested donations are $20 for general admission and $10 for seniors. Children and students may attend at no charge.

For more information about the concert, go to bit.ly/wilson_series.

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