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Recital will feature trumpet player Paul Merkelo of Montreal Symphony

Trumpet player Paul Merkelo will perform a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Coulter Building recital hall on the campus of Western Carolina University.

Paul Merkelo

Merkelo is principal trumpet player for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. The recital will feature Russian and Armenian music composed for trumpet and piano, including works by Alexander Arutunian, Dimitri Shostakovich and Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Accompanying Merkelo will be Lillian-Buss Pearson, pianist and adjunct faculty member in WCU’s School of Music.

Merkelo will conduct a master class for WCU trumpet students the following day, Wednesday, April 24, at 1:25 p.m. in the recital hall. His appearance is made possible by funding from WCU’s School of Music, Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts, and Visiting Scholars Grant Program.

For more information, contact Bradley Ulrich at 828-227-3274 or

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