Marlboro Music’s final weekend offers extra concert


Artistic Director Mitsuko Uchida as soloist to close

Marlboro’s 64th Season on Sunday, Aug, 17 at 2:30 p.m. MARLBORO - Marlboro Music’s seventy-five resident artists celebrate their summer’s exploration of over two hundred works, more than one third by 20th and 21st composers including three by Kaija Saariaho, 2014 Resident Composer, with three concerts on the final weekend of its 64th season. An extra concert on Friday, Aug. 15 at 8:30 p.m. will offer one of the greatest and seldom-heard works for woodwinds - the Mozart Serenade in B flat, K. 361 for 13 Winds, ‘Gran Partita’ - when internationally-renowned wind players, including principals from the Cleveland Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony, join with some of our country’s top young professionals to share the discoveries of four weeks of exploration. It will be only the second performance of the revered work at Marlboro since 1981. The program also includes the Brahms String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2 with three exceptional young string players joining cellist Paul Katz of the Cleveland Quartet, which, together with the Guarneri, Vermeer, Emerson, Johannes and Brentano Quartets, is one of the many leading ensembles with Marlboro roots.

Remaining tickets for the concerts in Persons Auditorium at Marlboro College can be purchased online at or by calling 802-254-2394. Sunday’s concert has been sold out for some time but some canopy area seats might still be available.

Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8:30 p.m. - Fleisher Leads Bartok Divertimento

Legendary pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher, who, last month celebrated his 86th birthday with the release of his first solo recording in over ten years on Bridge Records, will lead a performance of the Bartok Divertimento for Strings on Saturday, Aug. 16, 8:30 p.m. concert. It will only be the second time (the first being in 1974 with Sandor Vegh) that the Bartok will be performed at Marlboro. The program also includes another great Mozart work for winds the Quintet in E flat for Piano and Winds, K.452 and Vaughan Williams ‘On Wenlock Edge’ for tenor, string quartet and piano.

Sunday, Aug. 17 at 2:30 p.m. - Uchida Plays Beethoven ‘Choral Fantasy’

Artistic Director Mitsuko Uchida will be soloist with Fleisher conducting the Marlboro Orchestra and Chorus in the traditional closing performance of the Beethoven ‘Choral Fantasy,’ Op. 80 on Sunday, August 17 at 2:30 PM. It brings together the whole Marlboro community with musicians, staff and family members playing in the orchestra or singing in the chorus, which also includes innkeepers, ushers and members of the audience celebrating the seven weeks of this unique musical retreat. The program also includes one of chamber music’s most beloved works the Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, a piece that Soovin Kim, first violinist of the Johannes Quartet and founder of the Lake Champlain Music Festival, and his younger colleagues have been working on for the full seven weeks with some forty-five hours of rehearsal.

It is the opportunity of exploring music in a way not possible elsewhere and without the pressure of pre-planned performances (less than 25 percent of the 200 works rehearsed will have been performed at the weekend public concerts and almost half will have been rehearsed for at least three weeks) that attracts internationally-acclaimed artists and outstanding young professionals to give up lucrative summer opportunities and participate at Marlboro. Uchida, Fleisher and Kim are among the many artists who originally came as young musicians and have returned to share their ideas as well as Marlboro’s traditions with new generations.

Marlboro shares some of its outstanding performances through the Musicians from Marlboro (MFM) touring program with three-concert series in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Greenwich, CT and single concerts throughout the country. Started in the 1965-66 season, MFM was one of the first programs to tour varied instrumental and vocal programs nationally and give performing experience and exposure to its young participating artists early in their careers. Many have gone on to become leaders in many areas of the field, including pianists such as Biss, Bronfman, Denk, Goode, Perahia, Schiff and Serkin, violinists Laredo, Lin, Tetzlaff, flutists Piccinini, Robison and Wincenc, clarinetists Fiterstein, McGill and Stoltzman, singers Mumford and Valente and founders or members of many major chamber music groups.

The 2014-2015 season will offer four touring ensembles with repertoire ranging from the Debussy Sonata for flute viola and harp, Kurtág’s Officium breve in memoriam Andreæ Szervánszky for string quartet and the Beethoven C Major String Quintet for the group that will tour between Oct. 10 and 19 and Britten’s String Quartet No. 3 coupled with a Haydn Piano Trio and the Faure Piano Quartet in G minor on the national tour between Oct. 31 and Nov. 8. Rarely-heard vocal duets for soprano and mezzo by Dvorak and Brahms will be heard together with four hand works by Kurtag and the Beethoven ‘Ghost’ Trio when the Marlboro musicians tour between Feb. 7 and 15 and the Mozart Divertimento in D, K. 251 for oboe, two horns and strings anchors the May 2 through 10 tour with the Brahms String Quartet in C Minor and the Beethoven Sextet for two horns and strings rounding out the program. Further information on tickets, programs and artists can be found at where one can also sign up for monthly newsletters which also offer live concert recordings of recent and historic Marlboro performances.

Marlboro Music’s 65th season in 2015 will offer weekend concerts between July 18 and Aug. 16.

Programs and artists for the coming weekend’s concerts are as follows:

Friday, Aug. 15 a 8:30 p,m, - Persons Auditorium, Marlboro College

Brahms String Quartet in A Minor, Op.51, No.2

Maia Cabeza, violin

Francisco Fullana, violin

Pei-Ling Lin, viola

Paul Katz, cello

Mozart Serenade in B-flat Major, K.361

("Gran Partita")

Frank Rosenwein, oboe

Joseph Peters, oboe

Michael Rusinek, clarinet

Narek Arutyunian, clarinet

Gabriel Campos Zamora, basset horn

William Amsel, basset horn

Natalya Rose Vrbsky, bassoon

Brad Balliett, bassoon

Richard King, horn

Rebekah Daley, horn

Radovan Vlatkoviç, horn

Wei-Ping Chou, horn

Tony Flynt, double bass

Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8:30 p.m. - Persons Auditoium, Marlboro College

Mozart Quintet in E flat for Piano and Winds, K. 452

Frank Rosenwein, oboe

Michael Rusinek, clarinet

Natalya Rose Vrbsky, bassoon

Rebekah Daley, horn

Cynthia Riam, piano

Vaughan-Williams On Wenlock Edge

Spencer Lang, tenor

Michelle Ross, violin

Carmit Zori, violin

Rebecca Albers, viola

Alice Yoo, cello

Lydia Brown, piano

Bartok Divertimento for Strings

Leon Fleisher, conductor

Sunday, Aug. 17 at 2:30 p.m. - Persons Auditorium, Marlboro College

Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D.956

Anna Lee, violin

Soovin Kim, violin

Maiya Papach, viola

Deborah Pae, cello

Alice Yoo, cello

Beethoven Fantasia for Piano, Chorus,

and Orchestra (Choral Fantasy), Op. 80

Leon Fleisher, conductor

Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Abigail Fischer, soprano

Danielle Talamantes, soprano

Mary-Jane Lee, soprano

Spencer Lang, tenor

Ian Ramirez, tenor

John Moore, baritone

The Marlboro Orchestra and Chorus


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