MARLBORO -- Artistic Directors Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida and more than 75 other master concert artists and exceptional young professional musicians from around the world have been busy rehearsing since June 24 in the classrooms and studios on the hilltop campus of Marlboro College in the village of Marlboro, Vermont. There they are spending seven weeks to form a community like no other - the Marlboro Music School and Festival, led by the two renowned pianists and celebrating its 62nd season in 2012.
Of the 80 different works in rehearsal during the first three weeks, works suggested by the resident artists themselves, seven will be heard on the opening weekend on Saturday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 15 at 2:30 p.m. Rarely-heard works of Mozart, Schumann, Franck and Carter are juxtaposed with the Beethoven "Ghost" Trio and the Brahms String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1, although 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. Tickets from $15 to $37.50 can be obtained online at www.marlboromusic.org or by calling 802-254-2394. Concerts continue through Aug. 12 (which is sold out except for $5 canopy area seats,available for all concerts), with two special Friday concerts
In addition to the tradition of a master artist in each ensemble, the opening concerts will include pianists Mitsuko Uchida (Co-Artistic Director with Richard Goode), 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. Twenty-eight different artists will be heard in the two programs with most of the works having received at least 10 rehearsals rather than the one to three of many performances.