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The Merling Trio.

 The Olivet College Performing Arts Department will soon launch a series of lectures and recitals featuring the top musical talent in the state, according to an announcement from Maria Davis, Ph.D., provost and dean of the college.

The Olivet College Performing Arts Department Recital Series, made possible by a generous gift from alumni John and Penny Gear, is a 5-year program designed to provide Olivet College students with an exclusive educational experience, while also bringing exceptional concert opportunities to the community. All performances and lectures are free and open to the public.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to host some of Michigan’s finest local talent at Olivet College,” said Timothy Flynn, Ph.D., Performing Arts Department chair and associate professor of music. “Not only does the series offer an excellent service to the community; more importantly, it provides a unique educational experience to our students and all audiences alike.”

The Gears provided a gift to Olivet College to create the series, with early recitals including the Lansing Symphony Orchestra string quartet and wind quintet, the internationally acclaimed Merling Trio, and more. Each performance will be preceded by a lecture from an Olivet College faculty member or guest about the featured music for the day.

The series launches Wednesday, Oct. 9 with the Michigan Recital Project. All performances and lectures will be held in the college’s Upton Conservatory of Music Recital Hall, with dates and times varying. A complete schedule is listed below.

For more information about the Olivet College Performing Arts Department Recital Series, contact Flynn at 269.749.7660 or tflynn@olivetcollege.edu.

Recital Series 2013-14 Season

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. — Michigan Recital Project featuring works by Rorem, Sowerby and Bolcom, and commissions by Michigan composers. Preview lecture at 6:45 p.m.

Margot Rood, soprano

Emily Marvosh, contralto

Joseph Turbessi, piano

Tess Miller, flute



Sunday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m. — Armonia: Lansing Symphony Orchestra String Quartet featuring the music of Dvorak and Joby Talbot. Preview lecture at 2:15 p.m.

Fangye Sun, violin

Ching-Wen Tseng, violin

Mikhail Bugaev, viola

Daniel Tressel, cello



Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 7:30 p.m. — Lansing Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet. Preview lecture at 6:45 p.m.

Tess Miller, flute

Gretchen Morse, oboe

John Waytena, clarinet

Stephen Foster, horn

William Wheeler, bassoon



Sunday, March 30, 2014, 3 p.m. — The Merling Trio. Preview lecture at 2:15 p.m.

Renata Artman Knific, violin

Bruce Uchimura, cello

Susan Wiersma Uchimura, piano