MARLBORO >> After six weeks of in-depth exploration of over 200 works suggested and explored by Marlboro Music's seventy resident artists, the next-to-last weekend of the noted Vermont retreat will offer three concerts with almost half of the community performing.
As diverse as the international make-up of the participating artists, who come from some 14 different countries, are the programs for the coming weekend with works for piano, strings, woodwinds and voice by Respighi, Widmann and Dvorak on Friday, August 5 at 8 PM; Boulez, Mozart, Kurtág and Dvořák on Saturday, August 6 at 8 PM; and, to celebrate the anniversary of the birthday of co-founder Adolf Busch, his Quintet in C Major for flute and strings, Op. 68 coupled with Schubert's great Octet in F Major for woodwinds and strings, D. 803 on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
As a retreat, Marlboro offers its participating artists the rare opportunity of unlimited rehearsal time to exchange ideas and fully explore the works that they have taken on. While most concerts in the regular music world are presented after three or four rehearsals, the works to be heard at Marlboro next weekend will have had from three to six weeks of rehearsal. The five-minute Boulez Memoriale will have had 12 rehearsals over a four-week period, and Schubert's 60-minute Octet for woodwinds and strings was started in the first week of the seven-week season, offering its musicians 35 hours of rehearsal in 18 rehearsals over six weeks.
The final Marlboro weekend will offer concerts at Marlboro College's Persons Auditorium on Friday, August 12 at 8 PM, Saturday, August 13 at 8 PM and Sunday, August 14th at 2:30 PM. While the final concert, which includes the traditional performance of the Beethoven Choral Fantasy with Artistic Director Mitsuko Uchida as piano soloist and Leon Fleisher conducting the Marlboro Festival Orchestra and Chorus, has been sold out for some time, there still are some canopy-area tickets available with inside seats available for the Friday and Saturday concerts.
Tickets and further information available atmarlboromusic.org or by calling 802-254-2394.
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.
On Friday's program, the Respighi Il Tramonto will be performed by Faylotte Crayton, soprano; Joanna Marie Frankel and Stephen Tavani, violins; Molly Carr, viola; and Cleveland Quartet founding cellist Paul Katz. Jörg Widmann, Resident Composer at Marlboro in 2008, will have his Quintet—a work for piano and winds—performed by pianist Shai Wosner; Frank Rosenwein, oboe; Carey Bell, clarinet; Brad Balliett, bassoon; and Nicolee Kuester, horn. Wosner and Bell, Principal Clarinet of the San Francisco Symphony, are participating at Marlboro for the first time. The program will close with Dvořák's Piano Quartet in D, Op. 23, B. 53 with Mishka Rushdie Momen, piano; Lily Francis, violin; Dimitri Murrath, viola; and Tony Rymer, cello. Francis and Murrath are both artists who originally came to Marlboro as young musicians and are among the two-thirds of this summer's 'senior' artists who have returned to share their experiences and insights with a new generation.
Saturday's diverse program opens with Pierre Boulez's five-minute Memoriale, which has roots in an earlier work of his that was written in 1971 in memory of Igor Stravinsky. It will be performed by Joshua Smith, Principal Flute of the Cleveland Orchestra; horn players Nicolee Kuester and Richard King; violinists Tessa Lark, Robyn Bollinger and Joanna Marie Frankel; violists Cong Wu and Sally Chisholm; and cellist Sarah Rommel. It will be followed by the Mozart Divertimento in D Major, K. 251 with Emily Beare, oboe; Lauren Hunt and Richard King, horns; Lily Francis, violin; Kei Tojo, viola; Sujin Lee, cello; and Xavier Foley, double bass. The second half offers Kurtág's Bagatelles, Op. 14D performed by Francesco Camuglia, flute; Nathaniel West, double bass; and Bruno Canino, piano and the Dvořák Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87 with Shai Wosner, piano; Stephen Tavani, violin; Cong Wu, viola; and Jonah Ellsworth, cello.
The weekend closes on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with a program that offer's Schubert's great Octet in F Major, D. 803 with Gabriel Campos Zamora, clarinet; Catherine Chen, bassoon; Nicolee Kuester, horn; Alexi Kenney and Joseph Lin, violins; Sally Chisholm, viola; Jonah Ellsworth, cello; and Xavier Foley, double bass. It will be preceded by Adolf Busch's Flute Quintet with Joshua Smith, flute; Tessa Lark, violin; Sally Chisholm and Kei Tojo, violas; and Judith Serkin, cello, which celebrates the anniversary of the birth of one of Marlboro's co-founders and the inspiration for the founding of this special musical community.
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. The series is also available online at www.wqxr.org/series/magic-marlboro.
The programs for the fourth Marlboro Music weekend are as follows:
Friday at 8 p.m.
RESPIGHI - Il Tramonto
Faylotte Crayton, soprano; Joanna Marie Frankel, violin; Stephen Tavani, violin; Molly Carr, viola; Paul Katz, cello
WIDMANN - Quintet
Frank Rosenwein, oboe; Carey Bell, clarinet; Brad Balliett, bassoon; Nicolee Kuester, horn;
Shai Wosner, piano
DVOŘÁK - Piano Quartet in D Major, Op. 23, B. 53
Mishka Rushdie Momen, piano; Lily Francis, violin; Dimitri Murrath, viola; Tony Rymer, cello
Saturday at 8 p.m.
BOULEZ - Memoriale
Joshua Smith, flute; Nicolee Kuester and Richard King, horns; Tessa Lark, Robyn Bollinger and Joanna Marie Frankel, violins; Cong Wu and Sally Chisholm, violas; Sarah Rommel, cello
MOZART - Divertimento in D Major, K. 251
Emily Beare, oboe; Lauren Hunt and Richard King, horns; Lily Francis and Anna Lee, violins; Kei Tojo, viola; Sujin Lee, cello; Xavier Foley, double bass
KURTÁG - Bagatelles
Francesco Camuglia, flute; Nathaniel West, double bass; Bruno Canino, piano
DVOŘÁK - Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87, B. 162
Shai Wosner, piano; Stephen Tavani, violin; Cong Wu, viola; Jonah Ellsworth, cello
Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
BUSCH - Flute Quintet
Joshua Smith, flute; Tessa Lark, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; Kei Tojo, viola; Judith Serkin, cello
SCHUBERT - Octet in F Major, D. 803
Gabriel Campos Zamora, clarinet; Catherine Chen, bassoon; Nicolee Kuester, horn; Alexi Kenney and Joseph Lin, violins; Sally Chisholm, viola; Jonah Ellsworth, cello; Xavier Foley, double bass