MARLBORO >> Marlboro Music, which is celebrating its 66th season on the hilltop campus of Marlboro College, has, in large part, sustained the ideals of its founders and its guiding spirit, the late pianist Rudolf Serkin, through the generosity of former participants who, like Artistic Director Mitsuko Uchida, return to share traditions and their own insights with a new generation. Two-thirds of its 'senior' artists each year are noted musicians whose musical outlook was shaped by their summers as young artists at the cherished Vermont retreat.
The concerts on Marlboro Music's second weekend illustrate this artistic continuity with four of the six pieces to be performed being anchored by an artist who first came to Marlboro in their teens or early twenties: former Juilliard Quartet violist Samuel Rhodes (1960) in the Mendelssohn Quintet in A, Op. 18; founding cellist of the Mendelssohn Quartet Marcy Rosen (1975) in the Beethoven Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3; pianist Jonathan Biss (1997) in the Brahms Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91; former Mendelssohn Quartet first violinist Ida Levin (1981) in the Dvořák Quartet in A flat, Op. 105.
The program on Saturday at 8 P.M. at Marlboro College's Persons Auditorium will open with Prokofiev's Quintet, Op. 39, a piece drawn from a chamber ballet that the composer wrote in 1924, to be performed by Emily Beare, oboe; Charles Neidich, clarinet; Kobi Malkin, violin; Hwayoon Lee, viola; and Xavier Foley, double bass (pictured above). Also to be heard will be the Ravel String Quartet in F Major with Siwoo Kim and Nick Eanet, violins; Pei-Ling Lin, viola; and Tony Rymer, cello, and the Mendelssohn String Quintet in A Major, Op. 18 with Mr. Rhodes being joined by violinists Elizabeth Fayette and Robyn Bollinger; violist Kei Tojo; and cellist Sujin Lee.
On Sunday, the 2:30 p.m. concert includes the Beethoven Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3 with Roman Rabinovich, piano; Ms. Bollinger, violin; and Marcy Rosen, cello, and Brahms' Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91 with alto Sara Couden; violist Ayane Kozasa; and pianist Jonathan Biss. The program concludes with Dvořák's String Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105, B. 193 with Emilie-Anne Gendron and Ida Levin, violins; Ms. Kozasa, viola; and Sarah Rommel, cello.
Concerts continue through Aug. 14 with tickets and further information available at marlboromusic.org or by calling 802-254-2394. There will be special Friday concerts on Aug. 5 and 12 at 8 p.m.
There is a shuttle service from Brattleboro to/from Saturday evening performances being offered by Thomas Transportation. Reservations must be made no later than two days prior with Thomas Transportation – 603-352-5550.
WQXR, which produced four one-hour programs of summer and tour performances – "The Magic of Marlboro" – to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Musicians from Marlboro touring program, will re-broadcast the series on Wednesdays at 10 PM, starting on July 20. The series is also available online at wqxr.org/series/magic-marlboro.
The programs for the second Marlboro Music weekend are as follows:
Saturday at 8 p.m.
PROKOFIEV - Quintet, Op. 39
Emily Beare, oboe; Charles Neidich, clarinet; Kobi Malkin, violin; Hwayoon Lee, viola;
Xavier Foley, double bass
RAVEL - String Quartet in F Major
Siwoo Kim, violin; Nick Eanet, violin; Pei-Ling Lin, viola; Tony Rymer, cello
MENDELSSOHN - String Quintet in A Major, Op. 18
Elizabeth Fayette, violin; Robyn Bollinger, violin; Kei Tojo, viola; Samuel Rhodes, viola;
Sujin Lee, cello
Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
BEETHOVEN - Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3
Roman Rabinovich, piano; Robyn Bollinger, violin; Marcy Rosen, cello
BRAHMS - Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91
Sara Couden, alto; Ayane Kozasa, viola; Jonathan Biss, piano
DVOŘÁK - String Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105, B. 193
Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin; Ida Levin, violin; Ayane Kozasa, viola; Sarah Rommel, cello