Violinist Jing-yu Lou and pianist Geoffrey Merrill of the Belvedere Trio presented the program when The Spinet music organization met May 21 at the home of Mary Jane Auerbacher.
Lou, who came in 1985 as the first student from China to study in the University of Redlands School of Music, went on to serve as associate professor at Riverside Community College; music director/conductor for the RCC Symphony Orchestra, and guest conductor of the China Central Opera House Symphony Orchestra, the Beijing Philharmonic and others in China.
He performed and soloed with several Southern California symphonies, has performed with several pop and contemporary artists over the years, and produced live events.
Pianist Merrill has extensive performing experience as solo recitalist and accompanist in England, Germany, Italy and the United States including touring throughout England with the Oxford City Symphony, and for the past 10 years as soloist and chamber musician for the Settimana della Musica music festival in Murlo, Italy.
He has appeared with the High Desert, Highland Park and Southeast symphonies, the Redlands Chamber Orchestra and Eastern New Mexico State University Orchestra.
He was a regular accompanist for the annual Metropolitan Opera and National Association for the Teachers of Singing regional auditions. Their program featured one movement from J.S. Bach’s First Sonata and Partita for Solo Violin; Bela Bartok’s “Six Rumanian Folk Dances” and several popular violin solos, including Fritz Kreisler’s Liebesfreud (Joy) and Leibeslide (Sorrow), Rachmaninov’s “Vocalise,” Massenet’s Meditation from “Thais” and John Williams’ theme from “Schindler’s List.” For an encore, the duo chose Schumann’s “Traumeri.”
President Sandy Pappas invited Spinet members to share information about musical and theater events in which they are performing, including the Belvedere Trio, the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival beginning June 21, the Community Chorus of Redlands Memorial Weekend concert, Redlands Theatre Festival repertory and Redlands Footlighters seasons.
Officers elected for the 2019-20 year were Sandy Pappas, president; Lois Musmann, program vice president; Kristen Cameron, vice president for venues; David Weir, recording secretary; Anne Sandel, corresponding secretary; Nancy Doss, treasurer; and Eric Gruenler, parliamentarian. Nominated for the board of directors are Lorraine Jorgenson, Jerry Ripley and Sally Rehfeldt, with Elizabeth Zeller as past president.
Spinet vice president Lois Musmann introduced the program.