Of the 80 different works in rehearsal during the first three weeks, seven will be heard on the opening weekend on Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15.
Rarely-heard works of Mozart, Schumann, Franck, and Carter are juxtaposed with such favorites as the Beethoven “Ghost” Trio and the Brahms String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1. The latter work was last performed at Marlboro in 1974 with young musicians who went on to become founders or members of the Emerson, Takacs, and Cleveland quartets, and the Boston Symphony. String quartets have not been regular fare at Marlboro in the past.
In addition to the tradition of a master artist in each ensemble, the opening concerts will include pianists Uchida, Jonathan Biss, and Denes Varjon, as well as clarinetist Charles Neidich, and members of the Guarneri and Johannes string quartets. There will be a broad representation of repertoire: vocal music, the all too-rarely-heard Schumann Spanische Liebeslieder, Op. 138, for vocal quartet and piano four hands; a wind quintet that Elliot Carter wrote at the age of 101 in 2009; Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K546, for strings; and the Piano Quintet in F Minor by Cesar Franck. There will be 28 artists in the two programs with most of the works having received at least 10 rehearsals rather than the one to three of many performances.
The weekend entertainment starts Saturday, July 14, at 8:30 pm at the Persons Auditorium in Marlboro College.
Beethoven Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 16: Mary Lynch, oboe; Tibi Cziger, clarinet; Natalya Rose Vrbsky, bassoon; Wei-Ping Chou, horn; and Jonathan Biss, piano. Brahms String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1: David McCarroll, violin; Itamar Zorman, violin; Hélène Clément, viola; and Peter Wiley, cello. Beethoven Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1: Dénes Várjon, piano; Michelle Ross, violin; and Brook Speltz, cello.
Sunday, July 15, events start at 2:30 pm at the Persons Auditorium in Marlboro College. Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546: Joel Link, violin; Arnold Steinhardt, violin; Megan Griffin, viola; and Judith Serkin, cello. Carter Nine by Five: Emi Ferguson, flute; Mary Lynch, oboe; Charles Neidich, clarinet; Natalya Rose Vrbsky, bassoon, and Rebekah Daley, horn. Schumann Spanische Liebeslieder, Op. 138: Hana Park, soprano; Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo-soprano; Ian Ramirez, tenor; and Lydia Brown, piano. Franck Piano Quintet in F Minor: Mitsuko Uchida, piano; Soovin Kim, violin; David McCarroll, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; and Matthew Zalkind, cello.
Tickets range from $15 to $37.50 and can be purchased at www.marlboromusic.org or by calling (802) 254-2394. Concerts continue through August 12. There are $ 5 canopy area seats, available for all concerts.