Paul Marleyn & Frédéric Lacroix 

2:00pm Sunday, December 11, 2022


Our last Blue Jeans Classical concert of the year will feature Paul Marleyn on cello, and Frédéric Lacroix on piano. Come rain, shine or pandemic, Paul and Frédéric have performed at MERA every year since 2017. We are delighted that this talented pair are returning for their sixth concert in as many years. Those of you who attended any of the previous engagements will already know that these are two very accomplished and passionate virtuoso musicians who bring a discerning selection of music that spans the width and breadth of the classical repertoire. Paul and Frédéric’s enthusiasm for their music shines through not only in their musicianship however. Each piece has a back story and Paul and Frédéric love to share the most interesting bits with us, whether it be about the composer, their times or the piece itself. We are certain that you will be enchanted and intrigued as this gifted pair of musicians performs for us in the intimate setting at MERA.

Cellist Paul Marleyn tours regularly in North America, Europe and Asia. As a frequent participant in summer festivals including the Prussia Cove, Busan, Festival of the Sound, Domaine Forget, Casalmaggiore, Leicester and Ottawa international festivals, he collaborates with artists such as Boris Berman, Miriam Fried, James Somerville, Paul Neubauer, Marc-André Hamelin, Steven Dann, Joshua Bell, and with members of the Tokyo, Vermeer, New Zealand, St. Lawrence and Hagen quartets. He has appeared as soloist with the London Philharmonia, Belgrade Philharmonic, European Chamber, Winnipeg Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony and Manitoba Chamber orchestras. Paul is Full Professor of Cello and Head of Strings at the University of Ottawa.

Pianist Frédéric Lacroix holds the distinction of playing for Music at MERA more times than any other musician (6 times & counting). Frédéric keeps a busy schedule of performances in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist. He is a frequent collaborator with members of the NAC Orchestra both in chamber music and recitals. He has devoted part of his time to the study and performance of music on period keyboard instruments, presenting numerous concerts as harpsichordist and fortepianist. His interest in composition and new music has led to collaboration with various composers and performers in the premiere of a number of Canadian and American works. Frédéric Lacroix teaches piano and composition at the University of Ottawa. He recently completed his doctorate degree in keyboard performance practice at Cornell University.

Tickets are $25.00 plus service fees available through
The MERA schoolhouse is located at 974 Dalhousie Concession 9A, McDonald’s Corners, ON.