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RIC Wednesday Chamber Music Series to present ‘Fanfare!’ April 11

The Wednesday Chamber Music Series presentation "Fanfare!" will feature Paul Merkelo, principal trumpet of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and Judith Lynn Stillman, RIC artist-in-residence and pianist, who will collaborate in bravura works for trumpet and piano.

Judith Lynn Stillman

Paul Merkelo
The performance will be held on April 11 at 1 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Stillman and Merkelo have performed recently across Canada in numerous major cities as an acclaimed trumpet and piano duo.

Stillman’s composition, "Fanfare for the Common Xeno" to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Yamaha Xeno trumpet, will be performed at the concert.

Stillman and Merkelo will also be performing live on April 10 on WGBH Boston’s "Drive Time Live" show, which begins at 4 p.m.

Regarded as one of the finest trumpet players of his generation, Merkelo has performed as a soloist in North America, Asia and Europe.

His first solo recording, “A Simple Song” ranked Number 1 in Quebec’s classical recording chart for January 2000. His highly-praised 2004 CD, “Baroque Transcriptions,” was nominated by ADISQ for best solo classical CD of the year.

Three trumpet concertos have been written for and premiered by Merkelo, who is on the music faculty at McGill University and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.

Praise for Merkelo ranges from being cited for his “pure technical prowess” by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle to his “unusual lyrical gifts” by Gramophone.

Stillman is a pianist, choral conductor, music director, composer/arranger who has established an impressive international reputation. Her SONY Classical recording with double Grammy award-winner Wynton Marsalis rocketed to the Top Ten on the Billboard charts and received rave reviews.

She has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, and has won 18 national and international competitions including The Juilliard Concerto Competition. She was awarded the First Annual Claiborne Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts, along with actor Jason Robards.

Stillman is currently artist-in-residence and a professor of music at Rhode Island College.

The concert is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. For more information, call (401) 456-9883.