Distinguished Pianists Perform in
Concert Series Honoring Rudolf Serkin
Marlboro, Vt.--In celebration of Marlboro College’s new Rudolf and Irene Serkin Center for the Performing Arts and in honor the man who inspired it, Professor of Music Luis Batlle has organized “A Tribute to Rudolf Serkin,” a concert series of internationally acclaimed pianists who have a special connection to the late Rudolf Serkin. The concert series debuts with Mitsuko Uchida, who will play an all-Mozart program on Sunday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. In the spring, Claude Frank offers an all-Schubert program on Sunday, February 26 at 3:00 p.m. Richard Goode follows with an all-Bach performance on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. The final performance will be Cecile Licad, who will feature the Romantics in a program of Chopin, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff on Sunday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Mitsuko Uchida, a world-renowned concert pianist and co-director of the Marlboro Music Festival, inaugurates the series. Uchida's career celebrates the greatest music of the past: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, and the composers of the Second Viennese School, Schoenberg, Berg and Webern, for whom she has deep respect and affection. She has been described by the Chicago Tribune as “an elegant, deeply musical interpreter who strikes an inspired balance of head and heart in everything she plays.” In 2002, Uchida became Artist-in-Residence at the Cleveland Orchestra, and was recently awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award. Currently an active supporter of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust for young musicians, Uchida studied in Vienna with Richard Hauser. Uchida first met Rudolf Serkin as a young participant in the Marlboro Music Festival.
Richard Goode, currently co-director of the Marlboro Music Festival, started participating in the Festival when he was thirteen years old. Goode is recognized worldwide as one of the foremost interpreters of Beethoven’s music. He has made over two dozen recordings, and his second disc of Bach Partitas was Gramophone Magazine’s Record of the Month in 2003. Goode has performed with every major American orchestra, numerous orchestras in Europe, and has been awarded the Avery Fischer Prize, the Clara Haskill Competition, and a Grammy with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, among others. One of the youngest participants of the Marlboro Music Festival (he was thirteen started coming regularly He studied with Nadia Rosenberg at the Mannes College of Music and with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music.
A soloist with orchestras of five continents, Claude Frank debuted in 1959 with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. He performs frequently in concert with his daughter, violinist Pamela Frank, with whom he has recorded Schubert’s Works for Violin and Piano. A professor at the Yale School of Music and on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music, he also gives Master classes at Duke University, the University of Kansas and North Carolina School of Arts. Frank studied composition and conducting at Columbia University with Arthur Schnabel and Karl Ulrich Schnabel, and at Tanglewood with Serge Koussevitzky. While a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival in the 1950’s, Frank acted as an assistant to Mr. Serkin.
The first musician in a decade to receive the coveted Leventritt Gold Medal, Cecile Licad quickly gained international recognition. She has performed with major orchestras in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, London, Munich, Geneva, Hong Kong and Tokyo, among others, and has collaborated with musicians ranging from Claudio Abbado to Pinchas Zukerman. Her second recording, Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor and Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No.2 in G Minor, with Andre Previn and the London Philharmonic, received the Grand Prix du Disque Frederic Chopin. While attending the Curtis Institute of Music, Licad received the “Most Outstanding Student” award and studied privately with both Rudolf Serkin and Luis Battle.
The concerts will be held in the 125-seat Ragle Hall, which is completely accessible. Ticktet information will be forthcoming. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644 Monday through Friday. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.
Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (http://www.marlboro.edu/news/promotional/change_lives.html).