Chicago's acclaimed chamber music ensemble, Lincoln Trio, will present their expansive program, "Haydn to Higdon," on Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. at Merit School of Music's Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, 38 S. Peoria St., in Chicago's West Loop.

Now in their second year as artists in residence at Merit, Lincoln Trio has immersed themselves into Merit's community and curriculum through an ongoing series of public concerts, private concerts and master classes exclusively for Merit students.

In 2012, Fanfare Magazine hailed the Chicago-based trio as "one of the hottest young trios in the business." Formed in 2003, the Lincoln Trio takes its name from its players’ home, the heartland of the United States, the land of Lincoln. The group has been praised for its polished presentations of well-known chamber works and its ability to forge new paths with contemporary repertoire.

On May 3, Merit School invites the public to celebrate chamber music masterworks past and present in a program of Haydn, Smetena, Stacy Garrop and Jennifer Higdon.

Stacy Garrop is an award-winning younger generation composer known for her direct and dramatic narrative, and head of Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts' Composition Program. She’s written and published multiple works for brass, chorus, orchestra, mixed chamber ensembles, piano, piano trios, saxophone, string quartet and voice. Her compositions are featured on 16 CDS, with seven released by Chicago-based Cedille Records, also Lincoln Trio's label.

Jennifer Higdon is a major figure in contemporary Classical music, recipient of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto and a 2010 Grammy for her Percussion Concerto. Higdon's blue cathedral is one of America's most performed contemporary orchestral works, with more than 500 performances worldwide since its premiere in 2000.

In addition to Haydn to Higdon on May 3, Lincoln Trio will celebrate the end of Merit's school year with South American Sojourn, a public concert featuring music of renowned Colombian composer Juan Antonio Cuellaron Sunday, June 28 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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 Lincoln Trio: (L-R) Desirée Ruhstrat on violin, David Cunliffe on cello and Marta Aznavoorian on piano. The ensemble will perform "Haydn to Higdon" Sunday May 3 at 3 p.m. at Merit School of Music.

Merit School Presenting Resident Ensemble Lincoln Trio in Wide Ranging  Program