Middlebury

Violinist Mary Rowell Performs Innovative Contemporary Music for Violin, Viola, and Electronics on April 5

March 25, 2013

Concert Includes Special Guest Eve Beglarian on Electronics

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Middlebury, VT—New music proponent, violinist, and Middlebury College Affiliate Artist Mary Rowell will perform music for violin, viola and electronics in a free concert on Friday, April 5 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Her concert, entitled “Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been,” will follow Rowell’s unique musical journey as a professional violinist in the 20th and 21st centuries. The program will feature contemporary works written for Rowell by Eve Beglarian, Richard Einhorn, and Preston Stahly, as well as music by Peter Hamlin ’73, Steve Reich, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Jacob ter Veldhuis. Composer Beglarian will join Rowell as special guest, working the electronics on the program. The concert is sponsored by the Middlebury College Department of Music.

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One of the most important and exciting performers on the contemporary scene today, Rowell has enjoyed a diverse and accomplished career that defies musical classification. She is a performer on violin and electric violin, a composer, a collaborator, and an educator. She is known for her work with the Grammy Award winning Tango Project, the indie band The Silos, and pop icon Joe Jackson. She has carved an indelible place in the contemporary classical music world with the post-classical quartet ETHEL, which she co-founded. She has given electric violin performances at the Troy Savings Bank and the New York State Theater, in Central Park with Sheryl Crow and Friends, and on the stages of Lincoln Center and the Library of Congress, all to critical acclaim.

Rowell has appeared as soloist with some of the world’s most recognized musical organizations, including the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Northwest Arkansas Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, New York Chamber Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Concordia Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony, and the Albany (NY)-based Dogs of Desire, among others. She has toured the U.S., Europe, and Japan, performing at festivals including Grand Canyon Music Festival, PICA’s TBA Festival, Bang on a Can Marathons, Lincoln Center Festival, Serious Fun! at Lincoln Center, Schlesswig-Holstein Festival, Great Day in New York, and the Cabrillo Festival.  She has also toured, performed, and recorded with some of the world’s most notable musicians, including Todd Rundgren, Madonna, Paula Cole, Billy Joel, John Lurie, Steve Coleman, and Scott Johnson. She counts among her musical influences Asleep at the Wheel, the Beatles, Leonard Bernstein, the Budapest Quartet, Eric Clapton, Jaqueline du Pres, Bobbie Gentry, Gypsy fiddle, BB King, Michael Rabin, and ZZ Top.

Rowell is currently an ensemble member of the Tribeca New Music Festival specializing in the “Avante-Pop” and is half of the experimental Americana duo BRIM with Beglarian. She performs frequently as soloist with the New York City Ballet, where she stunned the dance world with her brilliant solo electric violin performances of Richard Einhorn’s Maxwell’s Demon. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she is an Affiliate Artist at Middlebury College and is the concert master of both the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and the Broadway hit show Newsies.

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Special guest Eve Beglarian is a composer, performer, and audio producer who has been described as “one of music’s truly free spirits.” Her music has been commissioned and widely performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the American Composers Orchestra, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and individual performers including Maya Beiser, Sarah Cahill, Lauren Flanigan, Marya Martin, and Rowell. Her work in musical theater includes music for Mabou Mines’ Obie-winning Dollhouse, Animal Magnetism, Ecco Porco, and Choephorai, all directed by Lee Breuer; Forgiveness, a collaboration with Chen Shi-Zheng and Noh master Akira Matsui; and the China National Beijing Opera Theater’s production of The Bacchae. She has also collaborated with choreographers and visual and video artists. Much of her recent music has been inspired by a four and a half month journey she took down the Mississippi River by kayak and bicycle in 2009.

Mary Rowell and Eve Beglarian will perform on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 8:00 P.M. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Admission is free; no tickets are required. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Free parking is available. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.