November 15, 2000

Violinist Miriam Kramer to Perform Nov. 29 Concert is Free and Open to the Public


"Kramer’s performance could hardly be more heartfelt. Scanning

the catalogue for rivals, her musicianship is irresistible."

---Robert Cowan, Gramophone magazine


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Critically acclaimed violinist Miriam Kramer and pianist Simon Over will perform at Middlebury College at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 in the Concert Hall of the Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30). The recital is free and open to the public.

 This concert will be Kramer’s second at the College―her first was a lunchtime recital last year. The Middlebury recital will afford her an opportunity to perform the program she will present at her debut at Lincoln Center in New York in December. The concert will include works by Brahms, Bach, Franck, Bloch, Achron, Ravel, and contemporary composer Deborah Netanel.

Born in Connecticut, Kramer now lives in London and plays with orchestras all over Europe and Britain. After her debut in 1999 at Wigmore Hall in London, Kramer received rapturous reviews. She has performed most of the concerti repertoire with various orchestras, including the Beethoven Triple Concerto at the Theatre Champs Elysees with Philippe Herreweghe conducting, and at the Barbican Hall in London with conductor Adrian Leaper. She has also performed with the City Orchestra of Bath, with the London Soloists’ Chamber Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and has played at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with Alexander Schneider. In a recent radio broadcast, she was soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra with Sir Edward Heath conducting.

Simon Over studied organ at the Sweelinck Conservatoire in Amsterdam, piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and holds a bachelors and a master’s degree in music from Oxford University. He accompanies many acclaimed singers and instrumentalists, including Judith Howarth, Simon Keenlyside, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, and Willard White. Over is director of music at St. Margaret’s Church at Westminster Abbey and will return to Middlebury with the Choir of St. Margaret’s in April 2001.

The recital is the part of the "Brainerd Commons Presents" series, which is supported by the Christian A. Johnson Foundation. Brainerd Commons is part of the Middlebury College commons system, which divides the campus into five groups of dorms housing approximately 400 students each.

For more information about the concert, please contact Jennifer Nelson, Brainerd Commons co-faculty head, at 803-443-3321.