Escape the heat of Downtown St. Pete with cool summer concerts in the intimate, elegant Marly Room at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete. Tickets are first-come, first-served, cost $20 for adults and $10 for students 22 and younger with current ID, and can be purchased online. Admission to the entire Museum is included in the ticket price.
Come early and have brunch in the MFA Café in DTSP.
Marly Music Society members pay only $15 per concert. Please consider joining the group to
support the series. You must be a Museum member to join.
Concerts are sponsored in part by the Friends of Joe Sprain in his memory; the Estate of Mrs. Elvira Wolfe de Weil; the Tampa Bay Times; WUSF; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
For more information, please call 727.896.2667 or visit the website. The concerts continue select Sunday thru August 28, 2016.
Merling Trio and Friends
The Merling Trio—violinist Renata Artman Knific, cellist Bruce Uchimura, and pianist Susan
Wiersma Uchimura—is one of our premier chamber music ensembles. The Cleveland Plain
Dealer wrote that “the players shaped a grand interpretation, fluent in rhythm and rich in
romantic feeling,” and London’s Musical Opinion declared that the artists “made a powerful
impression, with unabashed romanticism and finesse.”
The Trio tours extensively, both in the United States and abroad, and made a New York
debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1993. These gifted musicians have been heard widely
on both television and radio and have released a number of critically acclaimed CDs. Their most
recent, postcards in e, spotlights works by Shostakovich and Dvořák.
Several contemporary composers have written works for the Trio. In 1998, they returned to
Carnegie Hall for a sold-out performance of a new piece by Terry Winter-Owens and played the
complete piano trios of C. Curtis-Smith in a gala concert at the 2010 Gilmore International
In residence at Western Michigan University, the Merling Trio takes its name from the
Danish violin maker Paul Merling. Ms. Knific’s violin, fashioned by Vincenzo Postiglione in
Naples, Italy, dates from 1898, and Mr. Uchimura’s cello was made by Enrico Marchetti in Turin,
Italy, in 1899.
Bassist Tom Knific will join the Trio for a performance of Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A Major
(the “Trout Quintet”). He has performed as principal bassist with orchestras and chamber
ensembles in the United States and Europe and is Director of Jazz Studies at Western Michigan