MARLBORO >> As a retreat where some of the world's top concert artists explore music together with exceptional young professionals, the essence of Marlboro Music lies in their exchange of ideas on the approximately 250 works that are rehearsed over the course of its seven-week session. The participating artists suggest the repertoire to be worked on and also decide, a week in advance, what they will share with the devoted public that fills Marlboro College's Persons Auditorium for five weekends of public concerts which serve as an outlet for their in-depth explorations.
So, when the Marlboro Music School and Festival opens its 66th season with concerts on Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 17 at 2:30 p.m., the public will get a chance to hear six of the seventy works that the resident artists have been rehearsing for three weeks. Mitsuko Uchida, Marlboro's Artistic Director will be joined by twenty-two of seventy-five resident artists in two varied programs of works for piano, strings, and voice by Bach, Dvo ák, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms and Schumann.
Further information and remaining tickets can be obtained at marlboromusic.org or by calling 802-254-2394. Concerts, at Marlboro College's Persons Auditorium, continue on weekends through Aug. 14.
A shuttle service from Brattleboro to/from Saturday evening performances is being offered again this summer by Thomas Transportation. Pick up schedule: Brattleboro Park n' Ride (on Putney Road) at 7 p.m. and at the Latchis Hotel (downtown) at 7:15 p.m. Reservations must be made no later than two days prior with Thomas Transportation – 603-352-5505.
In a typically diverse program, the Saturday, July 16, 8 p.m. concert will open with the Mozart String Quintet in E flat, K. 614 with violinists Siwoo Kim and Anna Lee, violists Pei-Ling Lin and the Boston Chamber Music Society's Dimitri Murrath, and Mendelssohn Quartet founding cellist Marcy Rosen, followed by Schumann duets for soprano and tenor with soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, tenor Vasil Garvanliev and pianist Lydia Brown, of the Metropolitan Opera. The program will close with the Dvo ák Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81 with Trio Cavatina pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, violinists Yoojin Jang and Nick Eanet (former concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and a former member of the Juilliard and Mendelssohn Quartets), violist Murrath, and cellist Jay Campbell.
Sunday's July 17, 2:30 p.m. performance will offer Bach's Cantata Widerstehe doch die Suende, BWV 54 for mezzo-soprano, strings and continuo with mezzo-soprano Sara Couden, violinists Ms. Jang and Luosha Fang, violists Ayane Kozasa and Hwayoon Lee, cellist Will Chow and Roman Rabinovich, organ. Haydn's String Quartet in E flat, Op. 33, No. 2 will be performed by Anna Lee and Eunice Kim, violinists, Ms. Kozasa, viola and Johannes String Quartet cellist Peter Stumpf. Joining Ms. Uchida in the Brahms Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26 will be violinist Kobi Malkin, violist Rosalind Ventris and Mr. Stumpf.
The weekend's programs are as follows:
Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Mozart: String Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614
Siwoo Kim, Anna Lee, violins; Pei-Ling Lin, Dimitri Murrath, violas; Marcy Rosen, cello
Schumann: Duets, Op. 78
Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano; Vasil Garvanliev; tenor Lydia Brown, piano
Dvo ák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81
Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano; Yoojin Jang, Nick Eanet, violins; Dimitri Murrath, viola;
Jay Campbell, cello
Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Bach, J.s.: Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54
Sara Couden, mezzo-soprano; Yoojin Jang, Luosha Fang, violins; Ayane Kozasa, Hwayoon Lee, violas; Will Chow, cello; Roman Rabinovich, organ
Haydn, J.: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2
Anna Lee, Eunice Kim, violins; Ayane Kozasa, viola; Peter Stumpf, cello
Brahms: Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26
Mitsuko Uchida, piano; Kobi Malkin, violin; Rosalind Ventris, viola; Peter Stumpf, cello
The noted Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina is Marlboro's 2016 Composer in Residence. She will have five works explored at Marlboro this summer, including one involving the bayan player Elsbeth Moser, who will also be heard in world premiere of the Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Bayan with the Boston Symphony in the coming season. In recent years Marlboro has hosted such composers as Kaija Saariaho, Krzysztof Penderecki, George Benjamin, György Kurtág, and Thomas Adès, among others, with works by Saariaho and Penderecki heard this past season in Boston, Greenwich, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Chicago on the concerts of the Musicians from Marlboro touring program.