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Susan Merdinger ’85 MM joins roster of Steinway Artists

merdinger_susanPianist Susan Merdinger ’85 MM was invited to join the International Roster of Steinway Artists in December 2012. In May 2013, Merdinger performed an All-Schubert program for the second time on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series at the Art Institute, this year as part of the RIVERS Festival. In June 2013, Ms. Merdinger made her Chicago debut with the Chicago Philharmonic under the direction of Sony Classical Artist, Mattia Rondelli at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, performing two works by Gottschalk and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Returning for her third summer to join the faculty at Summit Music Festival, Susan Merdinger performed in two Artist Faculty concerts, along with The Elaris Duo (Steven Elisha ’85 MM and his wife, Larisa Elisha) as well as other members of the faculty in August 2013. Merdinger also participated in the 2nd Annual Fine Arts Music Society (FAMS) Festival of Brown County, as a Founding Artist Faculty Member. MORE

Published January 3, 2014
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Feast of Music picks Yale in New York concert as a highlight of 2013

Feast of Music

Michael Cirigliano II, Content Editor at Feast of Music, selected the April 12 “Serenade and Metamorphosis” program as one of his three top performances of 2013.

Yale in New York at Zankel Hall
A mix of faculty, alumni, and current students from the Yale School of Music’s string program descended on Zankel Hall, giving an electrifying performance of Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and composition alum Matthew Barnson’s new work, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying. The evolution from Strauss’ post-World War II lament to Barnson’s ethereal whispers was delivered in a remarkably polished performance, led by violinist Ani Kavafian. The fact that the hall was less that half full will remain one of 2013’s greatest mysteries.

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Published January 3, 2014
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