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Monday, July 11, 2011

Marlboro Music's Opening Weekend Programs Announced - 60th Anniversary Reunion


150 Past Participants, Staff & Their Families Returned to Re-Visit Their Roots for First-Ever Vermont Reunion on July 9 & 10

Opening Weekend of 60th Anniversary Season - Artistic Directors Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida are among 27 artists who will be heard in the opening concerts of the Marlboro Music School and Festival's 60th Anniversary season on Saturday, July 16 at 8:30 PM, and Sunday, July 17 at 2:30 PM, in programs of works from Brahms to Zemlinsky on the hilltop campus of Vermont's Marlboro College.

From the 92 works explored (all suggested by the 80 resident artists) during the first three weeks of its two-month season, seven were chosen to share in public concerts this coming weekend. As what the New Yorker magazine described as "the classical world's most coveted retreat," Marlboro Music is about the chance to explore a wide variety of repertoire in depth and with the time that is so hard to find elsewhere. Less than 15% of the 230 to 250 works rehearsed each summer are performed in weekend concerts.

Remaining tickets, from $ 5 to $ 35, for this and subsequent weekends through August 14 can be obtained online at (which also contains video, audio samples, and area information) or by calling 802-254-2394.

For six decades, some 80 artists - distinguished concert artists and exceptional young professional musicians from around the world - give up other summer engagements to immerse themselves in the chamber music repertoire for seven weeks, exchanging ideas, inspiring and being inspired. A truly international community, this year there are artists from Armenia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom, as well as the United States. Rather than coach their younger colleagues, experienced artists play together with them in ensembles - a dynamic learning experience born at Marlboro and evident in the programs for the coming weekend. Mr. Goode will be joined in the Brahms Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8, on Saturday by David McCarroll, violin and Andrew Janss, cello, and on Sunday Ms. Uchida opens the concert with the Brahms Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91, with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and violist Hélène Clément.

Saturday's program also includes the Schumann String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2 with violinists Michelle Ross and Ida Levin (a former member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet), violist Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet, and cellist Paul Wiancko. Clarinetist Charles Neidich and seven young colleagues (including members of the Harlem String Quartet, A Far Cry, and the Dallas and San Diego Symphonies) will give the first Marlboro performance in over 25 years of the Spohr Octet in E Major, Op. 32, for woodwinds and strings.

In addition to the Brahms songs, Sunday's program offers two seldom-heard works the Shostakovich Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 67 with Italian pianist Bruno Canino playing with violinist Ying Fu and cellist Matthew Zalkind, and the first Marlboro performance of Zemlinsky's Maiblumen blühten überall for voice and string sextet with artists including Susanna Phillips. The concert closes with the Mendelssohn String Quintet in A Major, Op. 18, with a group including the Guarneri Quartet's cellist Peter Wiley, who first came to Marlboro fifty years ago at the age of 15 and is one of the many artists, including Directors Goode and Uchida, who have returned to share their musical insights and early Marlboro experiences with a new generation.

First-Ever Reunion - Last weekend brought some 150 former participants, staff and their families to revisit their roots and celebrate the 60th Anniversary at the first-ever Vermont reunion for the Marlboro Music community while the Town of Marlboro (pop. 978 with its center consisting of a meeting house, post office, and inn) was celebrating its 250th Anniversary. They shared recollections, three meals (including ethnic foods from four Brattleboro Area Farmer's Market purveyors), a traditional square dance, historic Marlboro films as well as a photo exhibit and slide show covering Marlboro’s sixty years, folk music from a local ensemble, ping pong, softball, and conversations with colleagues and friends whom they hadn't seen in decades.

In addition to noted solo artists (including Joshua Bell who stole away from two performances at Tanglewood for the Saturday evening festivities), attending the reunion were members of such ensembles as the Beaux Arts and The Kalichstein-Laredo-RobinsonTrios, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Escher, Galimir, Guarneri, Juilliard, Miami, Orion, St. Lawrence, and Shanghai String Quartets. Orchestras that were represented by first-chair players and key members include Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra), Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Orpheus, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony.

There were faculty from the Colburn School in Los Angeles, Curtis, Eastman, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, New England Conservatory, Queens College, UCLA, and USC. There even was a horn player turned music critic, cellist turned conservatory president, babysitter/coffee shop manager turned rabbi, and stage manager turned doctor.

Programs and artists for the July 16 and 17 concerts are as follows:

SATURDAY, JULY 16 at 8:30 PM

SCHUMANN String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2

Michelle Ross, violin
Ida Levin, violin
Michael Tree, viola
Paul Wiancko, cello

SPOHR Octet in E Major, Op. 32

Charles Neidich, clarinet
Benjamin Jaber, horn
David Cooper, horn
Bella Hristova, violin
Mark Holloway, viola
Hanna Lee, viola
Paul Wiancko, cello
Tony Flynt, double bass

BRAHMS Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8

Richard Goode, piano
David McCarroll, violin
Andrew Janss, cello
SUNDAY, JULY 17 at 2:30 PM

BRAHMS Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Hélène Clément, viola
Mitsuko Uchida, piano

SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 67
Bruno Canino, piano
Ying Fu, violin
Matt Zalkind, cello

ZEMLINSKY Maiblumen blühten überall
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Nikki Chooi, violin
Danbi Um, violin
Hélène Clément, viola
Sally Chisholm, viola
Angela Park, cello
Andrew Janss, cello

MENDELSSOHN String Quintet in A Major, Op. 18
Bella Hristova, violin
Nikki Chooi, violin
Hélène Clément, viola
Vicki Powell, viola
Peter Wiley, cello

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