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Highlights from Merit School’s Performathon Music Festival

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"Performathon" is Merit's annual weekend-long music festival featured dozens of ensembles and hundreds of performers.

This past February, WFMT broadcast part of the Merit School of Music‘s annual “Performathon” music festival, which features hours of music performed by dozens and ensembles and hundreds of students from the Merit School of Music.

Today, we’ll hear some music we didn’t get to feature in winter.

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Bruckner/arr. Ralph Sauer:  Vexilla Regis
Merit Trombone Choir; Timothy Riordan, Director

Nigel Coombes: Trumpet Salutation
Honors Trumpet Ensemble; Paul Lowry (The Tom and Sue Pick Trumpet Chair), Director

D. McCarthy:  Children of the Corn
Jan Koetsier: Sonata da Chiesa, Op. 146
I. Variations on a Song by Karl Lowe (1827)
Merit Brass Ensemble; Timothy Riordan, Director

Smetana: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15
III. Finale-Presto
Ann R. Monaco Honors Piano Trio: Lara Madden, violin; Jacqueline Robertson, cello; Mimi Liu, piano; Ann Birman (The Alice S. Pfaelzer Piano Chair) & Paula Kosower (The Alice and Ellard Pfaelzer Jr. Cello Chair), Directors

Percy Grainger/arr. S. Knight: Molly on the Shore
Merit Clarinet Choir; Bonnie Campbell (The Ruth and Clarence Heagy Woodwind Chair), Director

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
I. The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
I. Scène
III. Danses des cygnes
V. Danse hongroise (Czardas)
Merit Symphony Orchestra; Robert Hasty, Director

  • Steve Knight

    What a wonderful surprise to find such a fine performance of my arrangement of Molly on the Shore broadcast on WFMT! Thank you David and thank you, members of the Merit School of Music Clarinet Choir and your director, Bonnie Campbell, for a superb performance of a very difficult piece of music.

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