Piano quintets highlight of third weekend at Marlboro Music


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Caption: Robin Scott, violin; Anna Lee, violin, Maiya Papach, viola; and Marcy Rosen, cello; in a rehearsal of Dvoák’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op.51 which will open Sunday afternoon’s concert at 2:30PM.

MARLBORO - Third Marlboro Music Weekend Offers Dvoák & Brahms Piano Quintets As Well As Lesser-Known Works by Resident Composer Kaija Saariaho, Britten, Carter and Dvoák’s in E Flat, Op. 51 on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 2 at 2:30 p.m.

Twenty-two of the seventy-five resident artists at Marlboro Music, Vermont’s noted retreat, will share the discoveries they have made during the first five weeks of this summer’s in-depth rehearsals in this coming weekend’s concerts on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 3 at 2:30 p.m.

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, 2014 Resident Composer, will have two works performed on Saturday - Changing Light with soprano Ashley Emerson and Joshua Smith, principal flute of the Cleveland Orchestra as well as her Cloud Trio with violinist David McCarroll, Pro Arte Quartet violist Sally Chisholm and cellist Jonah Ellsworth. The program also includes Benjamin Britten’s rarely-heard Canticle III: Still falls the Rain, Op. 55 with tenor Spencer Lang, Rebekah Daley, french horn, and pianist Lydia Brown, a collaborative pianist and assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, and the Dvoák Piano Quintet with pianist Jonathan Biss, violinists Elizabeth Fayette and Itamar Zorman, violist Daniel Kim and cellist Deborah Pae.

Sunday afternoon’s concert offers Dvoák’s String Quartet in E flat, Op. 51, Elliott Carter’s Trio for violin, viola and cello and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34. The artists include Marcy Rosen, founding cellist of the Mendelssohn Quartet in the Dvorak quartet; Ms. Chisholm in the Carter, and Samuel Rhodes, violist of the Juilliard Quartet for over forty years until,his retirement last year - all playing with the exceptional young professional musicians who give up other opportunities to spend the summer exploring works they have suggested with the amount of time not available elsewhere. Ms. Rosen and Mr. Rhodes are among the many artists, including Artistic Director Mitsuko Uchida, who initially came to Marlboro as young musicians and have returned to share their insights and what they gained from their early Marlboro mentors with a new generation.

Concerts continue on weekends through Aug. 17 with two special Friday concerts at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 and 15. The Marlboro website (www.marlboromusic.org) offers information on tickets, accommodations, dining and activities in the area, as well as the opportunity of signing up for weekly summer programs and monthly newsletters with recordings of recent and historic performances.

The Programs for the coming weekend are:

Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8:30 p.m.

Persons Auditorium at Marlboro College: Saariaho Changing Light; Ashley Emerson, soprano

Joshua Smith, flute

Saariaho Cloud Trio: David McCarroll, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; Jonah Ellsworth, cello

Britten Canticle III: Still falls the Rain, Op.55: Spencer Lang, tenor; Rebekah Daley, horn; Lydia Brown, piano

Dvorak Piano Quintet in A Major, Op.81: Jonathan Biss, piano;

Elizabeth Fayette, violin; Itamar Zorman, violin; Daniel Kim, viola; Deborah Pae, cello

Sunday, Aug. 3 at 2:30 p.m.

Persons Auditorium at Marlboro College

Dvorak String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op.51: Robin Scott, violin; Anna Lee, violin; Maiya Papach, viola; Marcy Rosen, cello.

Carter String Trio:

Joanna Marie Frankel, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; Gabriel Cabezas, cello

Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op.34: Adam Golka, piano; Mari Lee, violin; David McCarroll, violin; Samuel Rhodes, viola; Gabriel Cabezas, cello.


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