Local musician joins other world-class cellists

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GUILFORD — Local resident Judith Serkin will join other world-class cellists for a gala concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the historic Guilford Center Meeting House, 4042 Guilford Center Road. Serkin, along with Elizabeth Tuma, Peter Wiley and Theodore Mook will perform duets, trios and quartets spanning the centuries from Palestrina and Bach to Kodaly and arvo p rt. The concert is followed by a reception under the lighted tent in front of the meeting house featuring desserts and where the audience will have an opportunity to meet the musicians. This is the fourth in the series of concerts to benefit the Guilford Free Library.

"In a sense this is a reunion," explained Serkin, who along with Tuma and Wiley was a student of David Soyer's first class at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. "So not only do we have the opportunity for all four of us to play together but some of us are reuniting as former classmates."

Serkin began her studies with Marta Casals Istomin in San Juan, Puerto Rico and continued at the Curtis Institute of Music with Soyer and the Guarneri Quartet. She was also a student of Mischa Schneider. She has been a member of the Iceland Symphony, the Guilford and the Hebrew Arts (now known as the Mendelssohn) String Quartets, and a participant at the Marlboro Music and Yellow Barn Schools and Festivals over a period of many years. Serkin has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. She performed for many years as solo continuo with Musica Sacra in New York, and played with the National Symphony. She has been a teacher for over 40 years, serving on the faculty of American University in Washington, DC, and at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Department for the past five years. Serkin was a founding member of the Brattleboro Music School where she still teaches.

Tickets, at $25 each, are available at the Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Road; Everyone's Books, 25 Elliot Street, Brattleboro; from Laura Lawson Tucker, 802-257-7024 or 802-380-0458 and at the door. For more information call Lynn Green 802-258-4833.

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