Three-concert weekend at Marlboro features works by Schumann, Mozart, Stravinsky

MARLBORO — Pianist Jonathan Biss, who is serving in his first summer as co-artistic director of Marlboro Music together with Mitsuko Uchida, will be heard in the Dvorák Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 65 with violinist Abigail Fayette and cellist Timotheos Petrin on the Sunday, July 28, at 2:30 p.m.

The program also includes Resident Composer Jörg Widmann's Versuch über die Fuge for soprano and string quartet and the Mozart Quintet for Horn & Strings, K. 407.

Uchida, who has held an artistic leadership position at Marlboro since 1992, will be joined in the Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44, on Saturday, July 27, at 8 p.m. by three exceptional young professionals - violinists Geneva Lewis and Alina Kobialka, and violist Tanner Menees - and by Nash Ensemble cellist Alice Neary, who is participating at Marlboro for the first time.

The program will open with another Schumann work, the String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1, with David McCarroll and Lewis, violins, Zhanbo Zheng, viola, and Marcy Rosen, founding cellist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and a returning Marlboro senior for many years, and also includes the Schoenberg String Trio, Op. 45, with Orion Quartet violinist Daniel Phillips playing with violist Menees and cellist Alexander Hersh.

Each summer, Marlboro gives one concert in the Marlboro College Dining Hall, in appreciation of the community where it has lived for seven decades, with all proceeds going to town organizations. Recipients this year will be the Marlboro Alliance, the Volunteer Fire Department, and Rescue, Inc.

The concert, on Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m., will offer the Schumann Piano Trio in F Major, Op. 80 with pianist Evren Ozel, violinist Stephanie Zyzak, and cellist Neary; Kurtág's Hommage a R. Schumann with clarinetist Yoonah Kim, violist Jing Peng, and pianist Shai Wosner.

Adding to the variety of the program will be Stravinsky's Three Songs from William Shakespeare, which will be performed by mezzo-soprano Sara Couden, flutist Giorgio Consolati, clarinetist Kim, and violist Sally Chisholm of the Pro Arte String Quartet; and the great Mozart String Quintet in G Minor, K. 516 with longtime Juilliard Quartet violist Samuel Rhodes being joined by violinists Anna Göckel and Ji Wong Song, violist Zoë Martin-Doike, and cellist Julia Yang.

Rhodes, who originally came to Marlboro in 1960 when he was 19, is among the many artists, including Uchida and Biss, who have returned to continue the traditions of Rudolf Serkin and the early principals and to add their own fresh perspectives.

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