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NewsDistinguished Pianists Perform in Tribute to Rudolf Serkin Concert Series

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 debuted in November with Mitsuko Uchida; Claude Frank gave the first spring concert. Richard Goode follows with a performance of Bach and Schubert 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 Emmanuel Chabrier, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Rachmaninoff on Sunday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m.

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.

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.

All concerts are free and open to the public. The concerts will be held in the 125-seat Ragle Hall, which is completely accessible. Because seating is very limited, free tickets must be obtained in advance. Tickets will be available three weeks before each performance at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro and at the Marlboro College Bookstore in Marlboro from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644 Monday through Friday, or visit www.marlboro.edu. 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.

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