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Aspen String Trio visits Athens
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The Aspen String Trio will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the UGA Performing Arts Center's Hodgson Concert Hall.

The trio will be joined by UGA faculty members Michael Heald, Maggie Snyder and David Starkweather. They will feature music by Mozart, Strauss and Brahms.

The trio includes violinist David Perry, violist Victoria Chiang and cellist Michael Mermagen. The three musicians share a 20-year friendship and long-time association as artist-faculty with the Aspen Music Festival.

Perry is an internationally known 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 is also 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.

Both concerts are free but tickets are required. They can be ordered online at or by calling the box office at 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.