January 21, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: January 21, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT- Baroque music fans will delight at the upcoming visit to Middlebury College of virtuoso violinist Andrew Manze and fellow chamber musician Richard Egarr playing harpsichord. The duo will perform at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, in the Concert Hall of the Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30).

Manze and Egarr, who have performed and recorded together over the years, will present an evening program featuring works by Bach, Handel, Corelli and Pandolfi.

Manze’s talent ranges from soloist to chamber musician to orchestral director. He frequently appears as a guest conductor with orchestras across Europe. Audiences in more than 30 countries in Europe, America, and the Middle and Far East have enjoyed his violin performances that feature a repertoire of selections from 1610 to 1830.

The Dallas Morning News has called him “the current lion among baroque fiddlers” and The New Yorker described him simply as “a ferocious period violinist.”

Manze is a tutor and director of the European Union Baroque Orchestra and associate director of the Academy of Ancient Music. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and visiting professor at London’s Royal College of Music.

Richard Egarr is known for his versatility and as a master of historical keyboards. He performs as a harpsichord soloist, a chamber musician and a conductor. As a director, his credits range from operas such as Bach’s “Matthew Passion” to a baroque circus he led in 1998 for the Festival Ile de France and the Paris Conservatory. He enjoys playing at a variety of music festivals in Europe and he has received accolades for tours of the United States and Japan.

In addition to extensive solo recordings and those with other artists, Manze and Egarr have recorded together for Harmonia Mundi. Their performance of the complete sonatas of Pandolfi was the winner in the baroque instrumental category in the 2000 Gramophone Awards.

There is a special note to Egarr’s performance in Middlebury: He will be playing a French double-manual harpsichord after Hemsch crafted by Robert Hicks of nearby Lincoln.

The concert is sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series.

Tickets for the performance are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors. For tickets or information, call the College box office at 802-443-6433.

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