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Aspen String Trio to perform with School of Music faculty

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Aspen Trio

The Performing Arts Center will present the Aspen String Trio March 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall. For their second concert, the musicians will be joined by UGA faculty members Michael Heald, Maggie Snyder and David Starkweather.

The March 27 concert will include works by Schubert, Martinu, Strauss, Dohnányi and Gideon Klein. The concert on March 28 will feature music by Mozart, Strauss and Brahms. Both performances are part of the Franklin College Chamber Music Series.

The concerts are free, but tickets are required. They can be ordered online at or by calling 706-542-4400.

Violinist David Perry, violist Victoria Chiang and cellist Michael Mermagen comprise the Aspen String Trio. The three musicians share a 20-year friendship and long association as artist-faculty with the Aspen Music Festival.

Perry enjoys an international career as a chamber musician, soloist and teacher. He has performed in Carnegie Hall as well as most of the major cultural centers of North and South America, Europe and the Far East. He also is first violinist of the Pro Arte Quartet and was concertmaster of the Aspen Chamber Symphony for many years. Chiang has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician across North America, Europe and Asia. She has served on the faculty of the Juilliard School and the Hartt School of Music, and she is a former member of the board of the American Viola Society.

Mermagen is associate professor of cello and chamber music at the Catholic University of America’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. He toured extensively with American Chamber Players and Arista Piano Trio, and he was featured as the cello soloist for the New York premiere of two works by choreographer Mark Morris.

The Aspen String Trio also will be in residence to work with students in the music school. The residence is made possible by a grant from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.