Wednesday November 21, 2012

MARLBORO -- Robert Merfeld, piano, Bayla Keyes and Julia Glenn, violin, and Michelle LaCourse, viola, will perform a selection of classical and contemporary music including Mozart’s Duo in G Major for Violin and Viola and Brahms’ Second Violin Sonata in A Major on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m., in Ragle Hall, Serkin Center, Marlboro College.

Additionally, Enescu’s "Impressions d’Enfance" will feature projected photographic images by Finn Campman and the concert will premier Merfeld’s "Animal Miniatures" for viola.

Merfield 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. Merfield has performed at venues in Aspen, Marlboro, Ravinia, Caramoor and Olympic Music festivals.

Violinist 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.

Glenn, violin, has performed as a soloist throughout the United States and China, as well as an orchestral and chamber artist throughout Asia and Europe. She has achieved first prize in competitions in the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, New England String Ensemble and Wellesley Symphony, as well as top awards in the Fischoff National Competition and competitions of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New England Philharmonic. She is currently a student at the New England Conservatory, from which she will receive her master’s of music in May, as part of the five year Harvard-NEC dual degree program.

LaCourse has performed in four continents, as well as 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, viola, at The College of Fine Arts, Boston University, in which she also serves as chairwoman of Applied and performance Studies and chairwoman of the String Department.

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

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