The renowned Lincoln Trio announced yesterday that they have signed an agreement to become the very first Artists-in-Residence at Chicago's Merit School of Music. As part of this collaboration, the trio (Marta Aznavoorian, piano; David Cunliffe, cello; and Desirée Ruhstrat, violin) will perform four public concerts at the school during the 2013-14 season. The ensemble will also provide an extensive series of concerts and master classes for Merit's students.
“Everyone here – students, faculty, staff and parents – are thrilled to welcome Lincoln Trio to our community and curriculum," said Thomas Bracy, executive director of the Merit School, which provides high-quality music education to nearly 5,000 Chicago-area students, with a focus on underserved communities. "We can’t wait to see the positive impact these incredibly talented chamber music artists will have on our students.”
Lincoln Trio violinist Desirée Ruhstrat echoed Bracy's enthusiasm. “We are thrilled to be a part of the Merit family. Merit provides a nurturing environment that fosters creativity and achievement. We are looking forward to working with the students to fulfill their potential and develop a lifelong love of music."
The trio will kick off their residency with a concert at Merit on Wednesday, September 11 at 8:30 PM as part of the 2013 Beethoven Festival. The program, entitled "Whirlwinds", will feature Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Trio, Op. 11, Astor Piazzolla's Grand Tango for Piano and Viola, Joaquin Turina's Piano Sextet, and Gabriel Faure's Piano Quartet in C Minor. Special guests are violist David Aaron Carpenter, violinist Aurelien Pederzoli, and violist Doyle Armbrust.
Admission to this event costs $30 as part of a General Day Pass which includes four other performances on September 8. Admission is free for up to two children under 18 if accompanied by a paying adult. The Merit School of Music is located at 38 S. Peoria St. in Chicago. Further information and tickets are available at internationalbeethovenproject.com/festival/tickets.