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Merling Trio performs with guest artist Jun-Ching Lin

Oct. 21, 2004

KALAMAZOO--The widely acclaimed Merling Trio will perform with guest artist Jun-Ching Lin in a single performance Saturday, Nov. 6, at 8:15 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.

The trio features WMU School of Music faculty members Renata Artman Knific, violin; Bruce Uchimura, cello; and Susan Wiersma Uchimura, piano. The ensemble's Nov. 6 performance includes the Schumann "Piano Quartet" and Brahms "Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano" with guest artist Jun-Ching Lin, assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony.

Lin, a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Cleveland Institute of Music, is also on the faculty of Emory University and the Encore School for Strings in Hudson, Ohio, where he teaches and performs with members of The Merling Trio. Equally gifted as a violinist, violist, chamber musician, soloist, and orchestra player, Lin's residency on the WMU campus includes his performance with the Merling Trio, and appearances as featured guest artist for the Western Invitational String Festival, Nov. 5, and as soloist with University Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 7.

Founded in 1988, the Merling Trio quickly established itself as a premiere ensemble. Known both for successful commissions of works by contemporary composers and interpretations of the standard repertoire, its live concert performances are broadcast widely on both radio and television. The Cleveland Plain Dealer said of its musical artistry, "The players shaped a grand interpretation, fluent in rhythm and rich in romantic feeling."

The Merling Trio in concert with guest artist Jun-Ching Lin is made possible through the cooperation and support of the Donald P. Bullock Music Performance Institute in the WMU School of Music and the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation of Kalamazoo.

Tickets are $10 and $5 for senior citizens and students and are available from the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858.

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Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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