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News MUSIC FOR A SUNDAY AFTERNOON PROGRAM SPOTLIGHTS DVORAK COMPOSITIONS FOR HARMONIUM

Marlboro, VT -- (October 14, 2010) -- The Marlboro College Music for A Sunday Afternoon series continues with a program of compositions by Antonin Dvorak at 3:00pm on October 24 in Ragle Hall.

A quartet consisting of Robert Merfeld, Bayla Keyes, Julia Glenn, and Ariana Falk will perform four chamber works from the nineteenth century Czech composer, including Dvorak's set of Bagatelles composed for the unusual instrumentation of two violins, cello and harmonium. The Estey Organ Museum in Brattleboro is loaning Merfeld a harmonium from their collection for the performance.

Other works in the program include 4 Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano, op. 75, Romance for Violin and Piano, op. 11 and Piano Trio No. 4, op. 90 which is also known as Dumky.

Music for a Sunday Afternoon concerts are free and open to the public. All performances during the 2010-11 season are dedicated to Luis Batlle, who is retiring from the Marlboro College music faculty after 30 years. Batlle has handpicked many of his favorite performers for the season. A complete schedule can be found at www.marlboro.edu/batlle.

Pianist Robert Merfeld is one of the founding members of Apple Hill Chamber Players and has performed internationally as a soloist and with orchestras and chamber music ensembles. Currently, he is on the faculties of Boston and Harvard universities and coordinates the chamber music programs at the Longy School of Music.

Bayla Keyes is a founding member of the Muir String Quartet, with whom she won the Evian and Naumburg Competitions. She is a Professor of Violin at Boston University and works with several Boston-based ensembles, including Triple Helix, Boston Musica Viva and Sonos.

Violinist Julia Glenn is a student at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory and is a top prize winner in regional competitions. She is the daughter of Bayla Keyes.

Cellist Ariana Falk has recently appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Columbia Symphony, Olympia Symphony, Yale Bach Society Orchestra, and Banff Festival Orchestra. She received her M.M. and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music and is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at Boston University.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. 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.

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