February 26, 2001

Touring musicians from Vermont’s Marlboro Music Festival to visit Middlebury College March 11

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.―For 50 years, the Marlboro Music Festival in Marlboro, Vt., has been a summer mecca for young musicians from all over the world who want to collaborate with chamber music’s senior masters. Fresh from that experience, a group of more than 25 of those young talents, known as Musicians from Marlboro, tours the country each year. The current group will share its music with Middlebury College Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on South Main Street (Route 30).

The program will feature alumna and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Houtzeel, a member of the Middlebury class of 1987. She will perform Maurice Ravel’s "Chansons madécasses." Also on the program is the Brahms Piano Quartet in A Major.

Founded in 1951 by a group that included violinist Adolf Busch, his pianist son-in-law and legend Rudolf Serkin, and flutist Marcel Moyse, the Marlboro Music Festival brings together both seasoned and budding musicians from the United States and many other nations. The artists gather for the Marlboro retreat at their own expense to experience an informal and intimate exploration of a vast array of chamber music. Pablo Casals, a fixture of the festival for many years, once said of the gathering, "I came expecting a school and found instead a temple of music."

The touring portion of the Marlboro program has introduced many of today’s leading solo and chamber music artists to American audiences. Some examples are pianists Richard Goode and András Schiff, violinists Pamela Frank and Jaime Laredo, flutist Paula Robison and clarinetist Richard Stolzman. The touring group garners accolades yearly for its freshness, energy and edge. Time magazine described its work as, "The most exciting chamber music in the United States."

An extensive list of Marlboro performances is available on Sony Classical and CBS Masterworks recordings.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for senior citizens. A pre-performance brunch will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts. For tickets or brunch reservations, call the College box office at 802-443-6433.

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