MARLBORO >> In a tradition that dates back to 1957, the final work on the last concert of Marlboro Music's 66th season on Sunday, at 2:30 p.m. will be the Beethoven "Choral Fantasy," which brings together the resident artists and staff and their families, playing in the orchestra or singing in the chorus – the culmination of the seven-week retreat where 181 works were explored in-depth with the freedom of unlimited rehearsal time, but less than 25 percent were performed on the weekend concerts. Mitsuko Uchida, Marlboro's Artistic Director, who gives up other summer opportunities, as do the other eminent senior members of the community, will be piano soloist with Leon Fleisher conducting the Marlboro Orchestra and Chorus. Vocal soloists will be Lucy Fitz Gibbon and Faylotte Crayton, sopranos; Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano;Spencer Lang, tenor; and Theo Hoffman and John Moore, baritones. The Sunday program will also include the Kodály Serenade, Op. 12 with Alexi Kenney and Soovin Kim, violins and Hwayoon Lee, viola, and the Bartók String Quartet No. 5 with Yoojin Jang and Joseph Lin, violins; Kei Tojo, viola; and Sarah Rommel, cello.
The weekend will open on Friday at 8 p.m. with Ms. Uchida and baritone John Moore performing Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98, followed by the Bartók String Quartet No. 4, rehearsed for most of the summer, with Johannes Quartet first violinist Soovin Kim being joined by three younger colleagues, two of whom are participating for their first season: violinist Robyn Bollinger, violist Hwayoon Lee and cellist Tony Rymer. The program will conclude with the Schubert Piano Trio in E flat, D. 929 with pianist Luca Buratto, violinist Tessa Lark and Mendelssohn Quartet founding cellist Marcy Rosen.
In addition to the Hindemith Kammermusik No. 1, Op. 24, No. 1, conducted by Leon Fleisher with 12 musicians and Mr. Moore playing the fire siren, the Saturday at 8 p.m. concert will include the Bartók Contrasts with Kobi Malkin, violin; Gabriel Campos Zamora, clarinet; and Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano. The program will conclude with the Fauré Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 45 with Shai Wosner, piano; Yoojin Jang, violin; Rosalind Ventris, viola; and Paul Katz, cello. Mr. Wosner is participating at Marlboro for the first time, while Mr. Katz initially participated in 1968, before forming the Cleveland String Quartet with other Marlboro colleagues.
The noted retreat shares some of its most compelling performances, beyond its five concert weekends in Vermont, through its Musicians from Marlboro touring program, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary last season. Tributes included four one-hour radio programs produced by WQXR, available online at wqxr.org/series/magic-marlboro, feature articles in the Wall Street Journal and Chamber Music magazine; a special concert and webcast at WNYC's Greene Space; and with the Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music presented last October to Marlboro by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at their opening concert. Annual three-concert Musicians from Marlboro concerts are heard at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; the Greenwich Library in Greenwich, Ct.; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; and at the Freer Gallery in Washington, DC. Information on programs, artists, dates and tickets can be found at Annual three-concert Musicians from Marlboro concerts are heard at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; the Greenwich Library in Greenwich, Ct.; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; and at the Freer Gallery in Washington, DC. Information on programs, artists, dates and tickets can be found at marlboromusic.org/tours/schedule.
Annual concerts have been endowed in Montreal and Toronto, and MFM ensembles have performed at colleges, universities and chamber music societies around the country. Among the artists who had their first touring experience and exposure as members of Musicians from Marlboro groups are pianists Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Jeremy Denk, Richard Goode, Murray Perahia, András Schiff and Peter Serkin; violinists Pamela Frank, Augustin Hadelich, Christian Tetzlaff; the Directors of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - Wu Han and David Finckel - and members of the Brentano, Dover, Emerson, Guarneri, Johannes, Juilliard, Orion, St. Lawrence and Tokyo Quartets, and the Beaux Arts and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trios.
The programs for the final weekend of concerts are as follows:
Friday,at 8 p.m.
Beethoven - An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
John Moore, baritone; Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Bartók - String Quartet No. 4
Robyn Bollinger, violin; Soovin Kim, violin; Hwayoon Lee, viola; Tony Rymer, cello
Fauré - Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 45
Shai Wosner, piano; Yoojin Jang, violin; Rosalind Ventris, viola; Paul Katz, cello
Saturday at 8 p.m.
Schubert - Piano Trio in E-flat Major, D. 929
Luca Buratto, piano; Tessa Lark, violin; Marcy Rosen, cello
Bartók - Contrasts
Kobi Malkin, violin; Gabriel Campos Zamora, clarinet; Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano
Hindemith - Kammermusik No. 1, Op. 24, No. 1
Francesco Camuglia, flute/piccolo; Gabriel Campos Zamora, clarinet; Brad Balliett, bassoon;
Wayne du Maine, trumpet; Arlo Shultis, timpani; John Moore, siren; Luca Buratto, piano;
Shinjoo Cho, accordion; Joseph Lin, violin; Stephen Tavani, violin; Pei-Ling Lin, viola;
Sujin Lee, cello; Nathaniel West, double bass; Leon Fleisher, conductor
Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Kodály - Serenade, Op. 12
Alexi Kenney, violin; Soovin Kim, violin; Hwayoon Lee, viola
Bartók - String Quartet No. 5
Yoojin Jang, violin; Joseph Lin, violin; Kei Tojo, viola; Sarah Rommel, cello
Beethoven - Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 80, "Choral Fantasy"
Mitsuko Uchida, piano; Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano; Faylotte Crayton, soprano;
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Spencer Lang, tenor; Theo Hoffman, baritone;