Middlebury

January 21, 2002

Contact:
Sarah Ray

802-443-5794

sray@middlebury.edu

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.