Middlebury

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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