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Merling Trio to perform Sept. 26 concert

The internationally renowned Merling Trio will perform “passionate music to touch the soul” in a concert Monday, Sept. 26.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [9-19-11]

The internationally renowned Merling Trio will perform “passionate music to touch the soul” in a concert Monday, Sept. 26, at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The Performance Series event will be at 7:30 p.m. in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

The Merling Trio features violinist Renata Artman Knific, cellist Bruce Uchimura and pianist Susan Wiersma Uchimura.

The trio has thrived for more than 20 years, presenting numerous recitals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. It made its New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 1993, was a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award in 1994, and has released several featured albums.

All three members are in residence at the School of Music at Western Michigan University and have been faculty members at the Schlern International Music Festival in northern Italy.

Trio members attribute their longevity to several factors, including Western Michigan University’s supportive atmosphere.

“We have a great appreciation for one another’s unique musical gifts,” Susan Uchimura says.

Knific began her career as a violinist in London when she joined the English Chamber Orchestra. She has toured the world with artists such as Herman Bauman, Barry Tuckwell and Jean-Pierre Rampal, and received the College of Fine Arts Outstanding Service Award at Western Michigan in 2007. She is a founding member of the contemporary ensemble OPUS 21.

Bruce Uchimura has played with orchestras such as the Charleston and Honolulu Symphonies, has served as principal cellist of the Augusta (Ga.) Symphony, and was the first person named associate conductor of that ensemble.

Susan Uchimura served on the piano faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Augusta College in Georgia and has performed with major young artists. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Music Teachers Association and of Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Those who wish to purchase tickets online may go to Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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