July 19 through Aug. 17

Kaija Saariaho To Be Composer-in-Residence

MARLBORO - Five Concert weekends. On Sunday, some of the world’s most noted and most promising young musicians will gather on the charming hilltop campus of Marlboro College for the opening of the 64th season of the Marlboro Music School & Festival. The unique Vermont summer community which the New Yorker described as "the classical world’s most coveted retreat" will share the discoveries of its 75 resident artists on five concert weekends from July 19 through Aug. 17. Performances are on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m, with two specialFriday concerts on Aug. 8 and 15 at 8:30 p.m.. Ticket holders can also attend designated rehearsals in Persons Auditorium. Information about tickets, lodging, dining and activities in the area can be obtained at www.marlboromusic.org or by calling 802-254-2394.

Programs only decided a week in advance. At Marlboro, musicians have the rare opportunity to rehearse works that they themselves have suggested, exchanging new ideas and insights while working on most major pieces for anywhere from three weeks to the full summer. Less than 25 percent of the approximately 250 works explored each summer are publicly performed, with concert programs decided upon only a week in advance from those works that the musicians feel have gone especially well. Musicians, staff, and their families live together on the campus of Marlboro College, sharing meals, chores, social events, and life experiences to create a close-knit and caring family.

Composer in Residence. This summer’s Composer-in-Residence is Finland’s Kaija Saariaho who will share her ideas with the artists exploring three of his chamber works. She joins recent resident composers at Marlboro including Thomas Ades, Lera Auerbach, George Benjamin, William Bolcom, Robert Cuckson, Marc-Andre Dalbavie, Kristof Penerecki, Alexander Goehr, Osvaldo Golijov, John Harbison, Tigran Mansurian, and Jorg Widmann. Special Guest Leon Fleisher will lead an exploration of the Bartok Divertimento and conduct the season-closing BeethovenChoral Fantasy; and current or former members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Johannes, Juilliard, Mendelssohn and Pro Arte Quartets will rehearse a wide variety of chamber works in depth with their younger colleagues. A complete list of this summer’s participating artists can be found at http://www.marlboromusic.org/summer-concerts/participating-artists/.

Concert Dates. Marlboro Music’s concerts are as follows:

Saturday, July 19, 8:30 p.m.;

Sunday, July 20, 2:30 p.m.;

Saturday, July 26, 8:30 p.m.;

Sunday, July 27, 2:30 p.m.;

Saturday, Aug. 2 , 8:30 p.m.;

Sunday, Aug. 3, 2:30 p.m.;

Friday, Aug. 8, 8:30 p.m. (annual concert benefitting local organizations, held in the historic Marlboro College dining hall);

Saturday, Aug. 9, 8:30 p.m.;

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2:30 p.m.;

Friday, Aug. 15, 8:30 p.m.;

Saturday, Aug. 16, 8:30 p.m.;

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2:30 p.m.;

To receive weekly summer programs and a monthly newsletter including a recent or archival performance each month and join Marlboro’s e-list, go to: http://www.marlboromusic.org/

Three generations of musical leaders. Three generations of exceptional young musicians, who have become leaders in every area of the music world and who credit Marlboro as their most important musical influence, have drawn on the traditions of the founding families - Busch, Moyse and Serkin - and their colleagues. These mentors’ unique musical insights, their spirit of generosity and their caring human values remain at the heart of the Marlboro experience for Artistic Director Mitusko Uchida and her colleagues. 

To measure the impact of this musical continuity, one need only look at the number of Marlboro artists of different generations featured at Carnegie Hall in recent seasons or the fact that the two recently-announced new principals of the New York Philharmonic are clarinetist Anthony McGill and double bassist Timothy Cobb and that a leading candidate to become concertmaster is Erin Keefe - all of whom spent formative summers at Marlboro..

This season, as has been the case for many years, one third of of the 75-80 resident musicians are artists like Mitsuko Uchida who have returned to share with new generations what they gained from their early summers in Vermont. One of the joys audiences enjoy each season is experiencing the in-depth collaborations of the young and more seasoned participants and discovering those who seem destined to become the next generation of future leaders. As one review of a Musicians from Marlboro concert review exclaimed, "you may not know the names of the artists, but Marlboro is a guarantee of musical excellence."